San Francisco-based partner and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Group, Gregory D. Call, discusses with Law360 the importance of preparing lawyers for trial, and the ways Crowell & Moring is able to provide this crucial experience, given that the percentage of federal court cases being resolved through trial has plummeted to less than two percent. To help prepare attorneys, Crowell & Moring conducts a one-week trial academy at which young attorneys across the firm are brought together to work with experienced trial lawyers and play different roles in a mock trial. "The young attorneys participate in direct and cross-examinations, openings, closings, voir dire and all the things that happen at trial," Call said. "It's valuable for lawyers to get an opportunity to stand up and do a cross-examination, and then hear what people think about what they did well and what they could have done better." Continuing to drive home the importance of trial readiness, Call adds, "By having a real role on a case, associates can see how what they are doing is relevant to the outcome of a possible trial, and when a trial happens, they are part of it."