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James H. Seckinger honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson Law`s annual advocacy conference


Notre Dame Law School professor James H. Seckinger was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law’s annual Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference on May 23 in Gulfport.

Professor James H. Seckinger with Professor Charles H. Rose III.

Professor James Seckinger with Professor Charles Rose.

Professor Seckinger, who served as the director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy from 1979 to 1994, has conducted advocacy skills programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, and around the world in Australia, El Salvador, England, France, New Zealand, Panama, Scotland and Singapore. He co-authored the leading trial advocacy teaching book, Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy. He also has authored trial advocacy books used in Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Panama, Rwanda, Scotland, and Sierra Leone. Professor Seckinger has trained lawyers and judges in El Salvador and Panama. He has taught advocacy skills to the war crimes prosecutors for Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

“Professor Jim Seckinger has spent a lifetime following a simple idea with profound implications,” said Professor Charles H. Rose III, director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law. “He is committed, body and soul, to the advancement of ethical advocacy throughout the world. He has trained an entire generation of advocacy teachers to be competent and ethical advocates in pursuit of justice, and the profession is a better place for his efforts over the last 38 years.”

Stetson’s three-day conference, May 23-25, is designed to help new advocacy professors hone their teaching skills and network with some of the most recognized names in advocacy teaching. More than 50 advocacy instructors attended this year.