The founder and CEO of Chris M. Salamone & Associates, Chris Salamone possesses 20 years of experience overseeing a law firm with a broad client base including corporations, executives, and professional athletes. Chris Salamone is also the founder and former CEO of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), an intensive, hands-on summer course for high school students from around the world. During the NSLC sessions, participants live on a college campus and engage in interactive leadership workshops related to their career field of interest. An extensive range of career-specific programs are offered by NSLC, including a law and advocacy program for those students interested in entering the legal profession.
The core of the NSLC law and advocacy program is a mock trial through which students learn litigation techniques in a simulated courtroom proceeding. Each student in the program works with a team of peers to prepare a case that will be argued before a judge. Participants are responsible for all elements of the judicial process, from initial research of the evidence and witness preparation to courtroom examination of witnesses and argument of their case.
Students in the NSLC law program also take part in discussions with guest speakers, which include members of the Department of Justice, attorneys, and other knowledgeable legal professionals. Among the speakers at the 2014 session will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and Mike Lakey of Mayer Brown, LLP. In addition to these guest seminars, students receive college-level lectures delivered by practicing lawyers on topics such as direct examination, evidentiary procedure, and witness preparation.
Field trips to sites of educational importance to the law profession make up another component of the NSLC law program. This summer, the law and advocacy program will be held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and American University in Washington, DC. Sites visited by students at Yale will include the federal and state courthouses and Yale Law School. American University students will visit the Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court.