EATS 2022
Educating Advocacy Teachers Conference

Advancing Advocacy Teaching Through Collaboration, Innovation and Technology

June 13 - 15, 2022

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 2022 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 2022 Conference, we will celebrate the recipients of the Advocacy Writing Competition Award, Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Cornerstone Award.

Group Rates Available!

The deadline for in-person registration is June 3rd. Rooms have been blocked at the Courtyard St. Petersburg Downtown from June 12 to 16, 2022. The rate is $179 per night. Please use this link - Book your group rate for Stetson Law – to book your rooms. You will not need a code if you use this link. Book soon as the block is filling up quickly!

The deadline for online registration is June 9th by 5:00 pm. For administrative purposes, the price is the same for online and in-person attendance. EATS has always been an interactive conference and we are planning EATS 2022 as an in-person experience; however, we want to facilitate those who need to attend remotely. All sessions will be recorded, and some sessions will be live-streamed for online participants to watch in real-time.

**NITA is offering a FREE, one-day Advocacy Teachers Training on Thursday, June 16th for those attending EATS!**
Register here

Detailed Conference Agenda

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Speakers


Monday, June 13, 2022

Noon – 12:20 p.m. (EST)
Welcome & Conference Logistics
12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
All Group Session
Intersection of Advocacy Programs, Advocacy Courses, and the Bar Exam
1:20 – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All Group Session
Competition Ethics
2:30 – 2:40 p.m.
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.
Breakout One
Reimagining Evidence
Breakout Two
Dealing With Drama & Team Building
3:40 – 3:50 p.m.
3:50 – 4:50 p.m.
All Group Session
NALAE Moving Forward
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Happy Hour(s) at the Beach

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

7:30 a.m. (EST)
Running/Walking/Yoga Groups Meet on the Beach at the Don Cesar - Beach Suites
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Socializing and Daily Instructions

Writer's Corner (casual discussion at a table in the corner)
Publishing with NITA and tips for shopping articles
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
All Group Session
PERSUASION: How to do it, how to teach it!
11:00 – 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m. – Noon
Breakout One
Grades in Experiential Courses and Competition Team Credits
Breakout Two
Coaches Training Programs and Policies
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All Group Session
U.S. News Rankings
2:30 – 2:40 p.m.
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.
All Group Session
Teaching and Trigger Warnings: Identifying Common Issues and Options for Assisting
3:40 – 3:50 p.m.
3:50 – 5:20 p.m.
All Group Session
Improv as a Teaching Tool: Get students to relax, think on their feet and shake off the need to be perfect!
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Award Reception and Dinner (on campus)

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

7:30 a.m. (EST)
Running/Walking/Yoga Groups Meet on the Beach at the Don Cesar - Beach Suites
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Socializing and Daily Instructions

Career Corner (casual discussion at a table in the corner)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
All Group Session
Unique Competition Models
11:00 – 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Breakout One
From Whining to Winning: Supporting our students' mental health while holding them to high standards
Breakout Two
Courses and Programs on Technology Related Advocacy Skills
12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Annual Writing Competition Winner: Vania M. Smith

Discussion on her article:
Advocacy Competitions or Courtroom Cosplay? The Case for Rejecting Theatrics and Rewarding Authenticity at Law School Mock Trial Competitions
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Breakout One
Hands-on Presentation Technology Workshop
Breakout Two
Creating Advanced Advocacy and Specialized Courses
3:00 – 3:10 p.m.
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.
All Group Session
Skill Drilling: Interactive speed rounds on creative skill drills
4:00 p.m.
Farewell to some & see you at the NITA Teachers Training tomorrow to others!


Kristen David Adams

Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Tim Adams

Director of Mock Trial; Adjunct Professor
Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Houston, TX


Ramona Albin

Associate Professor of Law
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL


Robert Altchiler

Founder & Principal
Altchiler LLC
White Plains, NY
New York, NY


Brett H. Bayne

Attorney with MGC Insurance Defense
Trial Advocacy Adjunct, Director & Head Coach of Mock Trial
University of South Carolina School of Law
Columbia, SC


A.J. Bellido de Luna

Assistant Dean for Advocacy and Hardy Professorship
St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX


Justin Bernstein

Director of A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy
Lecturer in Law
UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles, CA


Elizabeth I. Boals

Director, Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Assistant Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Marian Braccia

Director of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program; Practice Professor of Law
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA


Megan Chaney

Co-Director, Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic; Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Fort Lauderdale, FL


Carlos Concepcion

Professor of Law
San Juan, PR


Jennifer Copland

Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Appellate Moot Court Program
Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, MI


Annie Deets

Director of Trial Advocacy
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Sacramento, CA


Frankie DiGiacco

Managing Partner
Hillier DiGiacco LLP
Adjunct Professor
University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, CA


Kate Donoghue

Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Brandon Draper

Assistant County Attorney
Harris County Attorney’s Office
Houston, TX


Jules Epstein

Professor of Law; Director of Advocacy Programs
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA


The Honorable Kristi Harrington

Retired Circuit Court Judge
South Carolina Circuit Court; Adjunct Professor – Charleston School of Law


Jared J. Hatcliffe

Senior Counsel,
New York City Law Department;
Adjunct Professor of Law,
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
White Plains, New York


John Henry

Chief Deputy District Attorney
Riverside County, CA


Alicia Jackson

Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Joe Lester

Bio coming soon.


Virginia Judd

Legal Editor
National Institute for Trial Advocacy


Elizabeth Lippy

Practice Professor of Law; Director of the Trial Advocacy Program
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Philadelphia, PA


Robert Little

Director of Advocacy Programs; Lecturer
Baylor University, Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center
Waco, TX


Denitsa Mavrova Heinrich

Rodney & Betty Webb Associate Professor of Law; Director, Lawyering Skills & Trial Advocacy Programs
University of North Dakota, College of Law
Grand Forks, ND


Kathleen Mullin

Deputy Director and Supervisory Trial Counsel
US Navy JAG Corps Defense Counsel Assistance Program


Kelly Navarro

Director of Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Programs
The UIC John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL


Spencer Pahlke

UC Berkeley School of Law; Associate Attorney, Walkup Melodia
Berkeley, CA


Philip Pasquarello

Trial Competition Director, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law;
Trial Attorney at Kline & Specter, PC
Philadelphia, PA


Susan Poehls

Director, Trial Advocacy Programs;
William C. Hobbs Professor of Trial Advocacy – Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA


The Honorable Jim Roberts

Circuit Court Judge
Sixth Judicial Circuit
Tuscaloosa, AL
Head of National Trial Teams,
Samford University,
Cumberland School of Law


Kaelyn Romey

Visiting Professor of Tax Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy & Evidence
UC Hastings College of Law, John Marshall Atlanta, Santa Clara University School of Law


Jared Rosenblatt

Adjunct Professor
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY


Grant Rost

Senior Instructor of Lawyering Skills, Director of the Center for Lawyering Skills
Liberty University School of Law
Lynchburg, VA


David Schott

Professor of the Practice of Law
Director, The Center for Advocacy
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO


Adam Shlahet

Director, Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
Fordham University School of Law
New York City, NY


Gwen Stern

Director of the Trial Advocacy Program; Professor of Law
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA


Michael "Jay" VanDerZee

Director of Trial Teams and Professor of Practice
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


The Honorable Christine Weems

Judge of the 281st Civil Judicial District Court
Houston, Texas
Director of the National Mock Trial Team
University of Houston Law Center


Jamie Pukl-Werbel

Associate Professor & Director of Experiential Learning
Seton Hall University School of Law
Newark, NJ


Sara L. Williams

Attorney with Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys
Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy
Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL


Matt Woodham

Assistant Professor of Law and Interim Director of Advocacy
Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL


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, 2022.


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

"EATS is a very important thing to attend if you care about the way advocacy is taught. These are the folks who are on the cutting edge of the advocacy teaching profession. I always come away with a brand new, excellent idea for teaching my class.”
- Honorable Robert McGahey, Jr., Denver District Court

CLE Information

Stetson University College of Law will apply for CLE in the state of Florida. Additionally, we will provide attendees with a certificate of attendance and a packet of materials so that you may apply for CLE in states other than Florida. Generally, Stetson University College of Law does not pay the application fee for CLE applications in states other than Florida. However, if your state requires a sponsor to file on behalf of the attorney, we may offer to seek accreditation in that state upon your request. While we cannot guarantee we will file in those states, we will do our best to accommodate requests of that nature.


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