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Advocacy Writing Competition


Vania M. Smith, M.P.A., J.D.
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Coach, National Mock Trial Team

Please join us in celebrating Vania’s accomplishment at the Educating Advocacy Teachers Conference (EATS) on June 13-15, 2022! The EATS Conference invites educators from around the country to share their experiences, while facilitating the exploration of new teaching techniques and technology in this specialized area. The 2022 EATS Conference will be comprised of various panels, workshops, and breakout sessions that promote small group discussion and interaction based on trending topics identified by the national trial advocacy community. As part of the various panel discussions and breakout groups, Vania will present her paper topic as well as have the opportunity to help other attendees work toward their goal of getting published. For those who cannot attend the 2022 EATS Conference, Vania’s paper will later be published in the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law.

The Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law was founded in 2014, and is the first online law review designed to be read online. It is a student-produced legal journal dedicated to discussing, exploring, and influencing contemporary issues related to oral and written advocacy. We publish articles on all facets of advocacy (including Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy) written by pre-eminent practitioners, judges, law professors, and students.

We also aim to bring outstanding techniques and cutting-edge ideas in advocacy to the rest of the legal community in a readable and informative publication. We wish to return somewhat to what might be termed the “heyday” of the law review, when articles were shorter and more readable (and were, therefore, actually read), and citations were kept to the essentials.

Feel free to reach out to Stetson Law’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy at [email protected] or 727-562-7317.