The Hecht Training Group

Skills Training for Lawyers


Group Profile

The Hecht Training Group designs and presents skills training programs using the "learning by doing" method. These one-to-two day programs combine simulations, interactive lectures, and demonstrations.

The Group offers training for attorneys and experts retained by attorneys on a range of subjects, including:

  • Deposition Skills

  • Depositions of Experts

  • Deposition and Trial Testifying Skills for Experts

  • Evidence Skills

  • Direct and Cross-Examination Skills

  • Trial Skills

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Ethics

  • Motion Practice Skills

Since 1983, the Group has conducted in-house training programs for law firms, corporate law offices, government agencies, firms of consulting experts, and bar associations across the country. The Group has presented workshops at more than 65 client offices.

The Group also designs longer, integrated programs on litigation practice and procedure, combining lectures and simulation workshops, and consults on the design and implementation of training programs. Clients may also license The Training Group's materials for in-house use.


The workshops stress the "learning by doing" method of skills training. Working in small groups, participants perform a skill. After each performance, the participants are critiqued by a faculty consisting of experienced attorneys from your office working with our highly experienced trainers. If desired, performances can be videotaped for one-on-one review and critique.

There is no limit to the number of participants in a workshop; however, the number is contingent upon the number of available in-house faculty. To train the attorneys who serve as in-house faculty in the techniques of observation and critique, a faculty training session precedes the workshop.


The Hecht Training Group is comprised solely of professional trainers, each of whom has taught lawyering skills for more than 35 years.


The Hecht Training Group has been approved as a provider of continuing legal education (CLE) by a number of jurisdictions, including California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Washington.

Course Offerings

The Hecht Training Group offers workshops and related programs, which combine simulations, interactive lectures, and demonstration. The workshops stress the “learning by doing” method of skills training.

Deposition Skills

Practical one- to-two day workshops that combine simulations, lectures, and demonstrations to teach deposition techniques at different skill and experience levels.

Depositions of Experts

Practical one- to two-day workshops that combine simulations, lectures, and demonstrations to teach about expert depositions.

Deposition and Trial Testifying Skills for Experts

Four separate programs to train consulting experts who have not yet developed skills or experience in testifying at deposition or trial.

Evidence Skills

One-and-one-half day program that combines interactive lectures and workshops on evidence.

Direct and Cross-Examination Skills

One and one-half day program that combines interactive lectures and workshops on direct and cross-examination skills.

Trial Skills

Interactive lectures, exercises, and simulations to teach trial skills.

Negotiation Skills

Practical one- to two-day workshop, which combines simulation exercises, interactive lectures, and group discussion to teach negotiation skills.


Two- to three hour practical, interactive programs on ethics and professional responsibility for litigators, transactional, and bankruptcy attorneys.

Motion Practice Skills

Practical one- and one-half day workshop that combines simulations, an interactive lectures, and demonstrations to teach the skills of pre-trial motion practice.



The Hecht Training Group
Attn: Henry L. Hecht
1923 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Berkeley, CA 94707-1637

(510) 642-1787

(510) 643-2672

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