EATS 2023
Educating Advocacy Teachers Conference

Advancing Advocacy Teaching Through Collaboration, Innovation and Technology

June 12 - 14, 2023

The Conference will be held at Stetson Law in-person.

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 unique 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 2023 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.

EATS is also a celebration of achievement in advocacy teaching. At the 2023 Conference, we will celebrate the recipients of the Advocacy Writing Competition Award, Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Cornerstone Award.

Registration opens in Spring 2023

Tentative Conference Agenda Coming Soon

View the conference page from last year for reference.

Award Nominations

Please select the button below and complete the form for your nomination. The deadline to submit nominations is April 1, 2023.

Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy

This award is presented to recognize those who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy. The recipient has demonstrated a distinct commitment and dedication to improving teaching methodology in the area of advocacy, and advancing the standard of excellence.

Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award

This award was created to pay forward the dedication and commitment our good friend Professor Edward Ohlbaum displayed, throughout his career, to the ethical teaching of an entire generation of advocates. The purpose of this award is to honor an individual whose life, teaching, and coaching display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.

Cornerstone Award

The Cornerstone Award recognizes exceptional members of the advocacy teaching community who work tirelessly to create learning opportunities across the profession. The recipients of the Cornerstone Award are recognized for their unwavering commitment to protecting the right to trial by jury, development of training opportunities for trial lawyers, and support of the profession in both word and deed.

What Participants Have Said About Our Conference

"Anyone interested in teaching advocates should try this out. It's important to protecting our profession and developing it along the path it needs to travel. EATS is really that important. It's been an eye-opener for me, reconnecting with the trial advocacy community. I'm going to be encouraging a number of people at my school to attend in the future."

- Lawrence Mann, Director of Practical Skills, Wayne State University Law School

"It's the only opportunity I've ever seen to get together with other people who do what you do and love it. We all just want to get better. Collaborating with these people creates new ideas that make you a better version of the teacher you already are."

- KellyAnne Holohan, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law

"EATS is in the vanguard of the legal profession. It teaches law professors to look to the future and to share all their work with other law professors. It's gaining in strength and popularity year to year and is an example of what every law school needs.”

- Gillian More, Retired High Court Prosecutor Scotland

"It was great to network with teachers and coaches in the trial advocacy community in an environment, like this, that doesn't involve competition or anything formal. The free exchange of ideas was invigorating and already changed the way I coach mock trial teams.”

- Mike Rasmussen, Adjunct Professor, Cumberland School of Law

CLE Information

Stetson intends to seek CLE accreditation for this program. Information regarding CLE opportunities will be forthcoming.

Vendors

We will continue our practice of inviting vendors to update you on the latest developments in advocacy-related products and teaching materials.