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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. The Workshop includes draft review for interested participants. This year's FREE Writing Workshop will take place on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, via Zoom. A detailed agenda will be posted soon.  Register HERE!

The Advocacy Writing Competition: We are taking submissions for the Annual Advocacy Writing Competition through February 1, 2023.

Each contestant should enter an article related to teaching advocacy skills or discussing contemporary issues related to oral and written advocacy. Submissions must be 3,000 to 10,000 words with no more than 99 footnotes, single spaced, and in 12-point font. Articles must be submitted to [email protected] to be considered.

The winner of the competition will present their winning article or a topic related to the article at the annual Educating Advocacy Teachers Conference (EATS) scheduled to take place at Stetson from June 12 to 14, 2023. The winner will also receive an award of $2,000.00 and be guaranteed publication 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.  The Journal aims to bring outstanding techniques and cutting-edge ideas in advocacy to the rest of the legal community in a readable and informative publication.

This competition is open to legal practitioners, judges, professors, and law students.  Spread the word!



Vania M. Smith, M.P.A., J.D. 

Coach, National Mock Trial Team

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 



Laura Anne Rose, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law and the Heidepriem Trial Advocacy Fellow

University of South Dakota, Knudson School of Law


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