2016 Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills

May 23-26, 2016
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida



Stetson's annual Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference will take place Monday afternoon, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25, 2016, on our beautiful campus in Gulfport, Florida. Attendees will spend two and one-half days developing their teaching skills, learning new techniques, and networking with some of the most recognized names in advocacy teaching. Everyone will leave well-equipped to empower their students to become better advocates. 

On Thursday, May 26, 2016, we will offer an optional full day Teacher Advocacy Training (TAT) session. This program will focus specifically on designing individual, short-term, and long term advocacy training calendars for firms and government agencies, to include practicing teaching methodologies and initiating internal advocacy teaching programs within your organization. Attendees will be taught how to critique and how to teach others to critique as well. There will be an additional charge to attend this training session. Space will be limited due to the hands-on nature of the training and critiquing that will occur.

Award Nominations 

Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the recipient of the Annual Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy. This award is presented to recognize those who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy. Previous recipients of this award include Terry MacCarthy, Thomas Mauet, Warren Wolfson, Barbara Bergman, James Seckinger, Edward Ohlbaum, Susan Poehls, Bill Eleazer, and the Hon. David Erickson. Please forward your nominations, with a supporting statement, to Professor Charles Rose,, for consideration.

Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the recipient of the Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award. This award was created to pay forward the dedication and commitment our good friend Professor Edward Ohlbaum displayed, throughout his career, to the ethical teaching of an entire generation of advocates. The purpose of this award is to honor an individual whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. The recepient of the inaugural award was Adam Shlahet. Professor David A. Erickson will chair the selection committee. Please forward your nominations, with a supporting statement, to Professor Charles Rose,


We will continue our practice of inviting vendors to update you on the latest developments in advocacy-related products and teaching materials.

What Participants Have Said About Our Conference:

"The Stetson Advocacy Program combines a level of whole faculty commitment with student enthusiasm which makes it the envy of nearly all other skills instructors that I have met and worked with in the USA, in Australia, in Malaysia and in Japan."
-Hugh Selby, Law Faculty, Australian National University 

"I am not aware of any other program where you can spend a day as a trial advocacy instructor being critiqued on your was wonderful. Excellent."
-David Aaronson, Director, Trial Advocacy Program, American University

"This should be a required course for anyone teaching advocacy."
-Amelia Michele Joiner, Professor, Duquesne University School of Law