Stetson University

Educating Advocates Speakers' Biographies

Charles H. Rose III

Hon. David A. Erickson

Christopher W. Behan

Roberta K. Flowers

Mark S. Caldwell

Keri K. Gould

Lee A. Coppock

Hugh M. Selby


Professor Charles H. Rose III
joined the Stetson faculty in 2004, upon his retirement from active duty service in the United States Army. While on active duty, he served as a linguist, intelligence analyst, intelligence officer, and judge advocate general. As a judge advocate, Professor Rose's practice included international law, the law of war, federal torts, administrative law and criminal justice. Professor Rose currently teaches evidence, trial advocacy, professional responsibility and federal criminal procedure. He is a noted legal analyst, appearing on local and national news media, to include Court TV and "The O'Reilly Factor." He also provides legal commentary, both nationally and internationally, on issues as diverse as the legal impact of the war on terror, criminal justice in America, and the skill, science and art of advocacy. Professor Rose has recently published the well-received "Fundamental Trial Advocacy" with West Thomson and the recently released "Military Crimes and Defenses" with Lexis Nexis. He is currently working on the companion text to "Fundamental Trial Advocacy" titled "Fundamental Pretrial Advocacy: A Strategic Guide to Effective Litigation" with his co-author, Professor Jim Underwood, from Baylor Law School. His recent Law Review articles have focused on evidentiary issues, specifically the impact and potential use of recidivism data in drafting effective evidentiary rules to deal with sexual predators. Professor Rose is a nationally recognized advocacy teacher who has taught advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), the University of Notre Dame and the United States Army. His NITA experiences include three years as an instructor in their highly regarded "Train the Trainer" program conducted at Harvard Law School. He also teaches in their public service programs and has served as a member of in-house training teams for Little Mendelson, the New York Stock Exchange and State Farm Insurance. Professor Rose lectures nationwide on a variety of subjects and is available for commentary to outside organizations on an individually requested basis. His primary areas of scholarly interest are focused on the effective development of advocacy persuasion techniques during pre-trial, trial and appellate presentations, the federal rules of evidence, the intersection of criminal law and the law of war as it relates to the war on terror.

Professor Christopher W. Behan served on active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for nearly eleven years. His most recent assignment was associate professor of criminal law at the Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he taught evidence, military criminal law and trial advocacy to attorneys from all United States military services and many allied militaries. During his military career, he also served as a legal assistance attorney, military prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, administrative law attorney, international and operational law attorney, and legal advisor to U.S. forces in the Sinai Desert as part of the Multinational Force and Observers. Professor Behan earned an L.L.M. in Military Law (Criminal Law Specialty) from the Judge Advocate General's School in 2003 and made the Commandant's List. He received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1995 from Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was a member of the Order of Barristers, the director of Interschool Competitions on the Moot Court Board, and a member of the National Moot Court Team. In 1995, his team took second place at the University of Minnesota Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. He obtained his B.A. magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1992, majoring in English. Professor Behan is married to Valery Christiansen Behan (J. Reuben Clark Law School Class of 1994). They have six children, two cats, a guinea pig and a dog. Professor Behan's hobbies include indiscriminate reading (everything from cereal boxes to military history to Victorian literature), writing his version of the great American novel, losing video games to his children, watching as many as five soccer games a weekend and taking excruciatingly long road trips with his family in their 12-passenger van.

Mark S. Caldwell is the Director for Specialty Programs of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. In this role he designs, administers, and teaches at a wide variety of NITA's advocacy skills programs, including the Rocky Mountain Basic Trial Skills Regional Program, The Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Program, Persuasive Voir Dire for the Modern Lawyer, NITA's Faculty Training Programs. His past work also includes many of NITA's specialty programs, including Bankruptcy Litigation, Patent Litigation, and Tax Court Litigation. Mark Caldwell also serves as Program Director for many of NITA's pro bono efforts, including programs to Native American advocates, lawyers working for legal service and public service organizations. Mr. Caldwell also coordinates NITA's work with local bar associations. Included among his published works are NITA case files and problems, NITA's Faculty Training Manual, and law review articles on both international law and continuing legal education. Mr. Caldwell is a consultant in continuing education. He works with a number of organizations and law firms in the development, administration and marketing of courses. He served as Assistant Dean ofthe University of Denver College of Law and as Executive Director of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc. Mr. Caldwell earned his J.D. from the University of Denver. He has been recognized for his work as teacher,program designer and administrator, receiving NITA's Robert Oliphant Award for Service (2001), the University of Denver's Institute for Advance Legal Studies Educator of the Year Award (1999), and awards from the Colorado Asian American Bar Association, and the American Bar Association Section of Family Law

Lee A. Coppock is the Trial Advocacy Fellow for Stetson University College of Law. In addition to teaching courses, he is responsible for Stetson's nationally-recognized trial team. Lee graduated from the University of South Florida with honors in 1994 and from Stetson with a J.D. in 1996 also with honors. After being admitted to Florida's Bar, he practiced in Orlando at the firm of Fisher, Rushmer, et. al., and then at Paul and Coppock, P.A., before returning as a visiting professor to Stetson Law in August 2004. As a student member of Stetson's trial team, he was recognized as the Best Advocate in both state and national competitions and was a national champion at the Association of American Trial Lawyers competition in 1996.

Judge David A. Erickson teaches evidence, criminal procedure and trial advocacy. He began teaching at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983 as an adjunct professor. In September 2006, he joined the full-time faculty as a senior lecturer and associate director of the school's nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program. Under Judge Erickson's direction, Chicago-Kent teams have won numerous regional and national trial advocacy competitions. In 2007, Judge Erickson coached the second Chicago-Kent team to win the National Trial Competition, which is recognized as the national title among law schools. Judge Erickson also coached the first Chicago-Kent team to win the national title in 1988.
Before joining the bench, Judge Erickson started his career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. From 1977-1983, he supervised units that prosecuted defendants accused of gang crimes, white collar crimes and other felonies. During that period, he tried more than 100 jury cases to verdict. In 1984, he left for private practice, concentrating in medical malpractice defense. In 1988, he was appointed to the bench and served for the next nine years as a felony trial court judge and as supervising judge in the criminal courts. In 1996, he left the bench when he was appointed first assistant state's attorney of Cook County. For the next five years, he managed a staff of more than 1,000 attorneys, overseeing the nation's second largest prosecutor's office. During his tenure, Judge Erickson created a Domestic Violence Division and a Community Prosecution Unit, while increasing the office's focus on hate crimes, crimes against children and violent crimes. In 2001, he went back to the bench, sitting at the Juvenile Justice Center as an acting-presiding and trial judge. In 2005, he was appointed to the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, where he served until his retirement. Currently, in addition to teaching and coaching, Judge Erickson is a consultant to the Department of Law and Civil Rights Litigation of the city of Chicago's Corporation Counsel's office, the Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Hospitals. Judge Erickson earned his B.A. degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker for the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and American Bar Association. He has been a faculty member of the National Judicial College, the University of Nevada, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, DePaul University School of Law, The John Marshall Law School and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Professor Roberta K. Flowers began her career in 1984 as a deputy district attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District of Colorado, where she served as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division. In 1989, she was appointed assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida. As an assistant U.S. attorney, Professor Flowers served as a Criminal Trial Lawyer in the Major Crimes and Political Corruption Units. Professor Flowers is a member of the Colorado Bar, Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Ethics Committee and Order of the Coif. At Stetson University College of Law, Professor Flowers teaches trial advocacy, evidence and criminal procedure.

Professor Keri K. Gould directs the Professional Skills Program, which includes the Clinical Externship Programs, the Domestic Violence Litigation and Prosecution Clinics, the trial advocacy programs and professional skills courses. She joined the St. John's faculty after having directed the externship programs at Fordham University School of Law from 1995-1998 and New York Law School from 1991-1994. She also taught at University of Utah College of Law from 1994-1996. After law school, she practiced with several public interest organizations, including the Legal Aid Society (Manhattan Criminal Defense Division) and the Mental Hygiene Legal Service (NYS Appellate Division, First Department). She has published numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer on therapeutic jurisprudence and clinical legal education. Professor Gould is also the Faculty Advisor to the Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute.

Hugh Selby teaches and writes about courtcraft ( a range of techniques that are useful to advocates and witnesses in our courts and tribunals). He trains experienced lawyers and expert witnesses, police, and law students, drawing upon teaching skills developed here and in the USA. Hugh has written about the law that affects expert witnesses, principles of advocacy and pleading, appellate practice, coronial law and practice, contemporary issues in the law, and industrial law. His current interests include explaining aspects of our trial system to lay people, encouraging a more critical approach to our trial procedures, and a book in preparation about the work of Justice Michael Kirby. His most recent publications are "Appealing to the Future", Thomson Reuters and "Appellate Practice", Federation Press.



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