Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills

Regional Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills (EATS)
Philadelphia -- Dec. 1-2, 2017


Storytelling through Experiential Learning: Creating Tomorrow’s Advocates Today
Please join us for the next Regional EATS Conference, hosted by Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, in Philadelphia, Dec. 1-2, 2017.

Conference topics

  • Creating Storytellers - a structured approach identifying learning objectives and outcomes when teaching storytelling for lawyers
  • Getting Your Foot in the Door - how to teach case analysis for trial teams
  • Identifying and Creating Learning Goals, Objectives, and Outcome Assessments Across the Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • Best Practices in Teaching Skills Courses, Experiential Learning Courses, and Doctrinal Courses
  • Best Practices in Critiquing, Coaching and Mentoring Law Students

    Attendees to this conference will come away with concrete steps to include storytelling as an assessable outcome rubric for their advocacy courses. We will crosswalk storytelling skills and experiential learning outcomes, developing approaches that incorporate the best of both worlds while focusing on ABA defined assessment outcomes.


Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Teaching Advocacy Critiquing Skills
   Sara Jacobsen, Jay Leach, Gwen Stern
ABA Standards
  Susan Brooks, Jules Epstein
   Barbara Ashcroft, Cary Bricker, Charlie Rose

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
   Rafe Foreman
Developing a Trial Advocacy Course
   Charlie Rose, Gwen Stern
Problems and Opportunities When Coaching From the Millennial Perspective
  Justin Bernstein, Erika McArdle, Laura Rose
Coaching and Managing Advocacy Teams
   Liz Boals, Lou Fasulo, Liz Lippy, Susan Poehls

Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Presentation of the Cornerstone Award

Please contact Gwen Stern, director of Trial Advocacy and Professor of Law at the Drexel University Kline School of Law at with any questions you may have about this conference.

2018 Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills
Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida -- May 21-24, 2018

More information on the May 2018 conference will be available in the fall.


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.  


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