SRS Online is devoted to advocacy skills training in a broadly-available, made-for-video format accessed through the company’s website. We are a limited liability corporation with principal business offices at 3986 Michael Rd. N., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
The company’s mission is to provide high quality, field-tested video and associated web-based instructional materials that support individual and group training for lawyers and law students in trial and deposition advocacy skills in order to promote the competent and ethical representation of client causes.
Each presenter is a trial advocacy skills teacher with long experience doing in-person training. Our presenters have written books, trained judges and lawyers at conferences, and provided in-house training for some of the country’s leading law firms. Our lawyer-demonstrators are outstanding trial lawyers with extensive in-court trial and deposition experience.
SRS Online began in 2011 to produce instructional videos for use in trial advocacy training and skills practice. Video is an excellent medium for teaching trial advocacy skills. It provides information in a medium that is readily absorbed; it can be interrupted as work-day demands may require; and it can be repeated many times.
With field testing and review, we developed an optimal format for most advocacy skills training online – special made-for-video materials in fifteen-minute segments tightly focused on one topic with a lecture-and-demonstration format.
The company’s videos are in two series: one dealing with trials and the other dealing with pre-trial depositions. There are some similarities in examining witnesses in both these situations, but also some important differences. For example, a judge rules on objections immediately in a trial situation, but there is normally no judge present at a deposition, so the witness’s testimony may be taken despite a pending objection. Typically depositions are taken in advance of trial, and more practitioners do deposition work than trial work.
- To create a sufficient volume and range of digital video lecture and demonstration materials to serve the training needs of both practitioners and law students across the important skills required to represent clients competently in litigation matters;
- To provide affordable, easy, immediate access to training materials through an efficient, helpful website;
- To ensure high quality through care in development and field testing of its products; and
- To support public interest lawyers and lawyers with individual public interest cases who may not be able to afford the time or financial resources to attend in-person training programs.
We believe in the power of video to help advocates deliver quality services to clients, and the power of quality lawyering in a fair, accessible legal system to deliver justice. We're building a clearinghouse that offers knowledge and practical methods from a community of the nation’s best lawyers. Our website is a work in progress, Have an idea? We want to hear from you.