This online conference from January 16, 2020 explores topics in trial advocacy teaching. Speakers discuss lessons from wrongful conviction cases, non-traditional advocacy instructors, transgender competence, and training drills for classes and trial teams.
Below you will find the recordings from the presentations and supplemental materials. Supplemental materials ( (if available) for each presentation are below the recording for that session. Please contact Professor Jules Epstein (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions.
Introduction to the Teaching Trial Advocacy Online Conference – January 16, 2020
Lessons from Wrongful Conviction Cases
Wrongful conviction cases are studied for problematic proof, be it eyewitness fallibility or the risk of a false confession. But those same cases offer lessons for lawyers-in-training on basic investigation and advocacy; presenters include nationally known lawyers who have litigated wrongful conviction cases, offering the stories of those case as critical lessons to confirm and supplement what we teach our advocacy students.
“Lessons from Wrongful Conviction Cases: Litigating Tunnel Vision” by Keith A. Findley
“Lessons from Wrongful Conviction Cases: Fact Finder Biases” by Peter J. Neufeld
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places
An exploration of who, outside of judges and practicing lawyers, can help us teach advocacy to our students. Presenters speak about persuasion theory, 3D-printing and virtual reality technology, using comedy and improv, legal writing, and communications.
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places – Scott Gratson
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places – Alex Wermer-Colan
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places – Joe Moore
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places – Kristin E. Murray
Looking for Advocacy Teachers in all the wrong places – Rebecca Schatschneider
A discussion of terms, issues, responsibilities and principles for how best to make trial advocacy classrooms and competitions, open, welcoming spaces for everyone.
Trial advocacy instructors share drills that they have successfully used in their teaching.