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2018 Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills

“Advocacy: Fulfilling the Promise of Experiential Learning"
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida
May 21-23, 2018

 

Monday, May 21, 2018
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Registration - Mann Lounge
12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Welcome - Great Hall
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Cutting Through The Gordian Knot: How Should We Change the Way We Teach Advocacy?
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Break/Meet and Greet Ice Cream Social Vendor Displays
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Changing our Approach: Creating Critiquing Skills, Drills & Approaches focused on Assessments and Outcomes
4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Problems and Opportunities in Coaching: from the Millennial Perspective

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 –10:00 a.m. Diversity in Simulated Experiential Learning: Students, Coaches and Professors
10:00 –10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. What’s the Story?: Finding a Narrative that Works
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch: Vendor Displays
1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Putting Pen to Paper: Developing Teaching Methods to Discover the Story of Your Case, Establishing Outcome Metrics to Access their Effectiveness
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Developing & Teaching Trial Advocacy Courses: How Much Should We Focus on Outcomes and Assessments?
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Leadership Through Advocacy: Opportunities & Challenges
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Making Ethics Interesting
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:45 p.m. Dinner
Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award Cornerstone Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. ABA Standards & Legal Education: Where We are and Where We Might be Going
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Competition Ranking Systems: A Time for Change?
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Moving Our Profession Forward: Formation of the National Advocacy Competition Association, Mission Statement, Charter Membership, Future Plans
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Two Breakout Sessions:
The program has been designed so you can attend one of the two following presentations listed below.
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. On Paper vs. In Person (First time attendees should attend the session.)
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. “Circles of Energy”
4:30 – 4:45 p.m. Break

Awards

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, the Hon. David Erickson, Joshua Karton, and Travis H.D. Lewin.

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. Previous recepients of the award were Adam Shlahet, Elizabeth Lippy and Mark Cumba. Professor David A. Erickson will chair the selection committee.  

Cornerstone Award

The Cornerstone Award recognizes exceptional members of the advocacy teaching community who work tirelessly to create learning opportunities across the profession. The recipients of the Cornerstone Award are recognized for their unwavering commitment to protecting the right to trial by jury, development of training opportunities for trial lawyers, and support of the profession in both word and deed.  

Vendors

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:

“Anyone interested in teaching advocates should try this out. It’s important to protecting our profession and developing it along the path it needs to travel. EATS is really that important. It’s been an eye-opener for me, reconnecting with the trial advocacy community. I’m going to be encouraging a number of people at my school to attend in the future.”
-Lawrence Mann, Director of Practical Skills, Wayne State University Law School

“It’s the only opportunity I’ve ever seen to get together with other people who do what you do and love it. We all just want to get better. Collaborating with these people creates new ideas that make you a better version of the teacher you already are.”
-KellyAnne Holohan, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law

“EATS is in the vanguard of the legal profession. It teaches law professors to look to the future and to share all their work with other law professors. It’s gaining in strength and popularity year to year and is an example of what every law school needs.”
-Gillian More, Retired High Court Prosecutor Scotland

“It was great to network with teachers and coaches in the trial advocacy community in an environment, like this, that doesn’t involve competition or anything formal. The free exchange of ideas was invigorating and already changed the way I coach mock trial teams.”
-Mike Rasmussen, Adjunct Professor, Cumberland School of Law

“EATS is a very important thing to attend if you care about the way advocacy is taught. These are the folks who are on the cutting edge of the advocacy teaching profession. I always come away with a brand new, excellent idea for teaching my class.”
-Honorable Robert McGahey, Jr., Denver District Court