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Charles Rose Named Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy


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Professor Charles H. Rose III.

Professor Charles H. Rose III. Click for high-resolution image.

Professor Charles H. Rose III has been named Stetson University College of Law’s first Professor of Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Stetson alumni S. Sammy Cacciatore, Jr., B.A., J.D. ’66 and Michael C. Maher, J.D. ’65funded the endowed position to honor retired Professor William McKinley Smiley, Jr., who taught for 38 years at Stetson Law, founded the Society of Trial Advocacy and coached many of Stetson’s trial advocacy teams to victory.

Rose, who received tenure in 2009, directs Stetson Law’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy. He joined Stetson’s faculty after retiring from the U.S. Army in December of 2004.

Since joining Stetson, Rose has written Fundamental Trial Advocacy and co-authored the well-received Military Crimes & Defenses and Fundamental Pretrial Advocacy. He recently worked with professors Christopher B. Mueller and Laird C. Kirkpatrick on one of the premier evidentiary hornbooks, Evidence: Practice Under the Rules, Third Edition. A 2008 co-recipient of the Florida Bar’s Professionalism Award given to law school faculty, Rose has also been recognized by Stetson with university awards for both teaching and scholarship.

Rose primarily researches in the areas of advocacy, evidence, professional responsibility and criminal procedure.  He is a noted commentator who has appeared in national print and broadcast news discussing a variety of legal issues. Rose is a graduate of Indiana University at South Bend and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

For information about Stetson’s advocacy program, please see the Center for Excellence in Advocacy.