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2014 Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills - Schedule

Conference Schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

8-8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Icebreaker

9:00-10:15 a.m.
Teaching in the New World
Order:  A Report from the Field
In this time of change this session will focus on some of the unique responses to the reality of legal education in 2014.  Presenters will share programs, approaches, and techniques designed to deal with the challenges facing the academy and bar.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
A Holistic Approach to Teaching
Advocacy:  Panel Discussion
As the legal economy changes, the need for more well-rounded lawyers may grow. Many of our students are working for smaller firms or going solo.  Thus, the need for an advocacy holistic approach may be greater now than it has ever been.  This session will address the natural sequence that tends to play out in the resolution of disputes: communication, negotiation, mediation, litigation. Clearly, advocacy plays a role in each phase.

We will start with a panel of practitioners at different stages and responsibilities in their legal careers. They will share with us their observations about the skills needed to survive and thrive in today's legal world.

The session will end with offering ideas for teaching a holistic approach to advocacy - the skills that work in court and in alternative dispute resolution are different in some ways, but complementary in others.  We will discuss how these various forms of advocacy can reinforce each other.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Developing Nontraditional Advocacy Approaches: Panel and Demonstration

12:30-1:30 p.m.

1:30-3:45 p.m.
Storytelling:  Many Paths to the same Destination
This year the conference will spend multiple sessions on storytelling. Presentations will focus on the power of storytelling and the ways in which we can use this very human endeavor to enrich our teaching, scholarship and advocacy.  Offerings will include demonstrations by some of the best legal storytellers around today, a template for teaching storytelling, and then actually telling stories. You should look forward to an opportunity to join a story circle and share. These sessions will focus on the wisdom of Mark Twain who once observed that you can learn things by swinging a cat by its tail that you cannot learn in any other way.

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Taking Advocacy Out of the Courtroom and Into the Community

5:30 p.m.
Reflections on the First Day
Story TellingTalking Circle (optional)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

8-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by West Publishing

8:30-10 a.m.
Tribal Oral Traditions and Their Impact on Peacemaking

10:15-11:45 a.m.
Coach, Mentor or Something Else?
This session discusses the differences between teaching substantive law and more skill related legal subjects. It posits that the approach between the two is related, but different, in some distinct ways that are driven by the nature of the subject, the student, and the teacher. A panel of presenters will share methodologies and approaches. Real world training examples will be provided during this session to demonstrate the discussed approaches and techniques.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

1-2:15 p.m.
Advocacy Scholarship: Panel
What is advocacy scholarship? How does the academy define it, should the definition change, and what is the current state of advocacy scholarship in the legal academy? These presentations will focus on the challenges and opportunities confronting those who wish to write scholarship focused on advocacy.

A panel of professors at different stages in their academic careers will discuss how they have approached advocacy scholarship. Examples of recent scholarship will be provided, and plans for success will be suggested to attendees interested in exploring potential advocacy based scholarship.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
How Technology Can Transform Your Teaching, Scholarship and Coaching

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Course Design, Implementation and Improvement

5:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception

6:15 p.m.
Lifetime Achievement Dinner
Professor Emeritus Bill Eleazer

Thursday, May 22, 2014

8-8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30-12:15 p.m., Three Concurrent Sessions

  • "To Thine Own Self Be True ..."  (for first-time participants)

  • Mentoring Coaches

  • Mentoring Scholarships

12:15-1:30 p.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where Do We Go From Here: Establishing, Nurturing and Expanding the Impact of Advocacy Programs

2:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks


Friday, May 23, 2014 (Optional Day)

While our conference will run from Tuesday through Thursday, we are adding an optional half day program on Friday morning at no additional cost to EATS attendees. This program will focus specifically on designing individual, short-term, and long term advocacy training calendars for firms and government agenies, to include practicing teaching methodologies and how to develop internal advocacy teaching programs within your organization. Attendees will be taught how to critique and how to teach others to critique as well.

Those desiring to attend must sign-up for this session separately. Space will be limited due to the hands-on nature of the training and critiquing that will occur.

If you wish to attend this training, after you complete registration for the program, please send an email to: to advise of your desire to participate. This program is being offered at no additional charge; meals are not included.

8-9:30 a.m.
Developing Advocacy Training Programs

9:45-11 a.m.
Developing Your Critiquing Methodology

11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learning by Doing: Training Sessions with Feedback

1 p.m.
Concluding Remarks