Free for Students: First Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Mock Trial Institute – Nov. 16-17, 2016

As the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission have increased their scrutiny of transnational business activities, and are actively coordinating with the foreign counterparts, the importance of having a thorough understanding of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is critical. An increasing number of these cases will be litigated through discovery and trial.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Mock Trial Institute
Wednesday and Thursday, November 16-17, 2017

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX

Register online

The Institute will focus on the unique evidentiary and trial challenges that the parties must negotiate to successfully litigate a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case. Working from a hypothetical fact pattern, a faculty consisting of experienced trial attorneys from private practice and the government, along with consultants, will explore the strategic, tactical and practical aspects of successfully litigating FCPA cases.

To prepare for the event, the panelists will be working in teams (defense and government) in order to make the trial as realistic as possible. The fact pattern is structured so that both sides will be able to focus on strong themes to use in the trial, from voir dire, through opening statement, direct and cross examination of key witnesses, and closing arguments. They will also be working with trial consultants to evaluate how to best present their case in the mock trial.

The capstone of this unique event will be the mock trial of a former Asian-Pacific Sales Manager indicted on five counts of violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. You will observe the live video, beginning with the preliminary examination of prospective jurors through jury deliberations and presided over by a sitting federal judge.

Attending this institute will help you improve your knowledge and understanding of the challenges involved in evaluating and potentially litigating a FCPA case, including the following:

  • Developing Trial Themes and a Litigation Plan
  • Openings and Closings
  • Jury Selection
  • Direct and Cross Examination

Program attendees will gain knowledge, understanding and insights that will improve their ability to develop—and present to clients—a viable plan for successfully litigating and trying an FCPA case.