“Open Mic” and Controversial Cases – January 19, 2022

January 24, 2022

Temple University Beasley School of Law hosted this online advocacy training conference on Wednesday January 19, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. The topics were “Open Mic,” an opportunity for anyone in the advocacy community to present a paper or discussion; and “Controversial Cases,” issues arising from using current cases or controversial topics in classroom exercises, classroom discussions, and/or mock trial files.

Use the links below to view the conference recording.

6-7:10 p.m. – Open Mic.  The presenters and topics were Cheryl Carpenter & Keeley Blanchard  (Cooley)- Opening Statement; Melanie Regis (Charleston School of Law) – Use of Peremptory Challenges by the Defense (Focus on the State of Georgia v. Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan); Vania Smith (Catholic U -Columbus School of Law) – judging mock trial competitions and preparing students for real practice situations; and Laura Rose (South Dakota) – new methods in teaching Evidence.

7:10-8 p.m. – Controversial Cases.  Beginning with Temple University Beasley School of Law Dean For Students Jennifer Bretschneider and Temple University Beasley School of Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison, and Professor of Law Donald Harris, the session took a ‘big picture’ look at issues of diversity, trauma, pedagogy and student needs.  A panel of Todd Berger (Syracuse), Rhani Lott Choi (Emory), and Scott Fingerhut (FIU) then brought the discussion to the advocacy and evidence classrooms and the world of mock trial case files and competitions.