Center For Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson Law's Center for Excellence in Advocacy is committed to the concept of the complete advocate - one who commands a superior understanding of the law, the ability to persuasively present evidence, and the humanity to know when to do the right thing.
Stetson offers learning opportunities designed to enhance advocacy skills and best prepare students for careers in litigation.
Students on these teams have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in front of practicing lawyers and judges, and make some of their most enjoyable law school memories along the way.
Annually Hosted Competitions
Each year Stetson invites law schools from around the country and across the world to Stetson's beautiful Gulfport campus to compete in national and international competitions.
Educating Advocacy Teachers (EATS) Conference
The Educating Advocacy Teachers (EATS) Conference has been hosted by Stetson Law for almost two decades and is well-known in the Advocacy community as being a truly dynamic and collaborative experience.
The conference is comprised of various panels, workshops, breakout sessions, and fun social events!
Advocacy Writing Workshop & Competition
The Advocacy Writing Workshop is open to anyone interested in polishing their writing skills and learning about the legal publication process and includes draft review for interested participants.
The Advocacy Writing Competition is for articles related to teaching advocacy skills or discussing contemporary issues related to oral and written advocacy.
Advocacy Resource Center
The Advocacy Resource Center offers resources for teaching and learning trial advocacy.
Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law
The first online law review designed to be read online and explores contemporary issues of advocacy.
Clincs and Externships
Stetson Law offers more than 300 clinic and externship opportunities annually.
New Advocacy Institute coming Fall 2023!
The Advocacy Institute will be a multifaceted space with state-of-the-art technology, showcasing Stetson Law’s tradition of training students to become comprehensive advocates. This is a space where students, faculty, staff, colleagues from other law schools, and community stakeholders will seamlessly collaborate using the latest technological toolsMore info
Learn more about our faculty
Liz Boals teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, and a variety of Advocacy courses and serves as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy. Professor Boals has published a variety of advocacy case files and books on criminal procedure and expert testimony. She is the recipient of multiple teaching and community leadership awards and is a long-time...
Kate Donoghue earned her Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College with an All-Academic Honor in 2007, and her Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude from Fordham Law School in 2010. While at Fordham, Kate was a member of Fordham’s Trial Advocacy Team and the National Champion of the 2009 Lone Star Classic. Following graduation...
Mr. VanDerZee attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, earning a B.A. in 1993. Following DePauw, he graduated with honors from Stetson University College of Law in 1996. While at Stetson, Mr. VanDerZee was a member of Stetson’s #1 ranked Trial Team. After graduating from Stetson, Mr. VanDerZee joined the State Attorney's Office for...
Professor Bowman is the Director, Moot Court Board, and she has coached or co-coached a number of Stetson's moot court teams that have won state, regional, national, and international competitions. She serves as a volunteer brief evaluator for a number of national moot court competitions. Since the fall of 2013, she has been a member of the ABA...
Kristen David Adams has been a member of the faculty at Stetson University College of Law since 2000 and currently holds the William Reece Smith, Jr. Distinguished Professorship. She has authored seven books and more than twenty law review articles. Her three most recent books, CISG Basics: A Guide to International Sales Law (with Candace Zierdt)...