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Trial Advocacy

The Trial Advocacy Program, formerly The Board of Advocates/Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), was organized in the fall of 1982. The purpose of the Trial Advocacy Program is to prepare students for a smooth transition from the study of law to the practice of law.  The objectives of this program are educational and practical. 

Trial Advocacy’s purpose is to develop basic litigation skills that serve any area of legal practice.  Skills are honed in a “controlled clinic” environment using a hands-on teaching style.  The Trial Advocacy Program focuses on learning by doing with practical instruction, demonstrations, feedback and critique used to direct student learning.  Students have the opportunity of representing a “mock” client in a courtroom setting.  The program teaches students the strategy of a trial and how to conduct themselves in a courtroom setting.

Trial Advocacy teaches students how to speak persuasively, how to conduct direct and cross examinations, and how to prepare and present persuasive opening and closing arguments.  Students are also taught how to impeach witnesses, tender experts and introduce evidence.  Students learn to analyze facts and think on their feet while displaying a dynamic courtroom presentation.  Trial Advocacy students have the opportunity to attend and compete in regional, state and national trial advocacy competitions.  Trial Advocacy provides students with the foundation to successfully advocate, in the future, for real clients in the courtroom. 

President: Taylor Bologna

Vice President: Josh Stein

Treasurer: Alden Howard

Secretary: Urvi Patel

Chief of Staff: Tessa Bitterman

National Team Coach: Nick Bergeron

Alumni/PR Chair: Victoria Roberts

Faculty Advisor: Professor Blaine LeCesne