2014 Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills -
Conference Topics (subject to change)
Teaching in the New World Order
In this time of change this session will focus on some of the unique responses to the reality of legal education in 2014. Presenters will share programs, approaches, and techniques designed to deal with the challenges facing the academy and bar.
A Holistic Approach to Teaching Advocacy
As the legal economy changes, the need for more well-rounded lawyers may grow. Many of our students are working for smaller firms or going solo. Thus, the need for an advocacy holistic approach may be greater now than it has ever been. This session will address the natural sequence that tends to play out in the resolution of disputes: communication, negotiation, mediation, litigation. Clearly, advocacy plays a role in each phase.
We will start with a panel of practitioners at different stages and responsibilities in their legal careers. They will share with us their observations about the skills needed to survive and thrive in today's legal world.
The session will end with offering ideas for teaching a holistic approach to advocacy - the skills that work in court and in alternative dispute resolution are different in some ways, but complementary in others. We will discuss how these various forms of advocacy can reinforce each other.
Storytelling: Many Paths to the same Destination - Finding the Heart of your Story
This year the conference will spend multiple sessions on storytelling. Presentations will focus on the power of storytelling and the ways in which we can use this very human endeavor to enrich our teaching, scholarship and advocacy. Offerings will include demonstrations by some of the best legal storytellers around today, a template for teaching storytelling, and then actually telling stories. You should look forward to an opportunity to join a story circle and share. These sessions will focus on the wisdom of Mark Twain who once observed that you can learn things by swinging a cat by its tail that you cannot learn in any other way.
Developing Advocacy Approaches in a Brave New Electronic World
These presentations will focus on the incredible impact electronically stored information, the digital world, and the interconnectedness has on our ability to find an advocacy approach that works. When the world is no longer hierarchical how do we structure stories that work? We will review recent developments in the law, showcase some current approaches and suggest ways forward.
Coach, Mentor, or Something Else?
This session discusses the differences between teaching substantive law and more skill related legal subjects. It posits that the approach between the two is related, but different, in some distinct ways that are driven by the nature of the subject, the student, and the teacher. A panel of presenters will share methodologies and approaches. Real world training examples will be provided during this session to demonstrate the discussed approaches and techniques.
Communication Arts for the Professional
Mr. Joshua Karton will conduct an intensive multiple hour session that has been described by previous attendees as "transformative," "illustrative," and "life changing." A veteran of teaching lawyers, actors and other persons of ill reput, Mr. Karton is a living legend. In another time, or another world, he would qualify as a national treasure. New attendees will join the ranks of advocacy professors and trial attorneys who have been "Kartonized." Joshua's commitment to EATS, Stetson, and the bar are a pearl of great price and we are blessed and fortunate to have him with us again this year.
What is advocacy scholarship? How does the academy define it, should the definition change, and what is the current state of advocacy scholarship in the legal academy? These presentations will focus on the challenges and opportunities confronting those who wish to write scholarship focused on advocacy.
A panel of professors at different stages in their academic careers will discuss how they have approached advocacy scholarship. Examples of recent scholarship will be provided, and plans for success will be suggested to attendees interested in exploring potential advocacy based scholarship.
Friday, May 23, 2014 - Optional
Creating, Managing and Presenting Advocacy Training Programs
While our conference will run from Tuesday through Thursday, we are adding an optional half day program on Friday morning at no additional cost to EATS attendees. This program will focus specifically on designing individual, short-term, and long term advocacy training calendars for firms and government agenies, to include practicing teaching methodologies and how to develop internal advocacy teaching programs within your organization. Attendees will be taught how to critique and how to teach others to critique as well.
Those desiring to attend must sign-up for this session separately so that we can manage the event. Space will be limited due to the hands-on nature of the training and critiquing that will occur.
If you wish to attend this training, after you complete registration for the program, please send an email to: email@example.com to advise of your desire to participate. This program is being offered at no additional charge; meals are not included.