2021 Educating Advocacy
Teachers Conference

Advancing Advocacy Teaching Through Collaboration, Innovation and Technology

Due to the risks of COVID-19, Stetson’s EATS Conference was virtual this year!

June 14-16, 2021

The Educating Advocacy Teachers (EATS) Conference has been hosted by Stetson Law for more than a decade 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. This year’s conference is 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 awards reception, we will celebrate the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching Advocacy, the Edward D. Ohlbaum Professionalism Award, and the first annual Advocacy Writing Competition Award winner.

Tentative Conference Agenda

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Speakers


Monday, June 14, 2021

2 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Welcome & Conference Logistics Overview
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
All Group Session
Future of Advocacy Education
  • National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators (NALAE) Update
3:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
All Group Session
What Can We Learn From 2,000 Ballots?
  • How TYLA hosted a 300-team virtual competition & what it learned
  • Revelations about case balance, subjectivity & why teams win
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Awards Ceremony & Social Event

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Daily Instructions
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
All Group Session
What Tools Are You Keeping From Our Time Online?
  • Using technology to augment in-class teaching & coaching
  • Hosting webinars, trainings & CLEs
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Breakout One
Advocacy Scholarship (SESSION 1)
  • Identifying challenges & obstacles to publishing
  • Creating a writing agenda & utilizing research software
Breakout Two
New & Non-Traditional Rules & Competitions
  • Starting a new competition non-traditional competition
  • Proposing a unique rule or competition process
Breakout Three
Designing an Advanced Advocacy Course
Breakout Room A - Trial Skills
Breakout Room B – Appellate Advocacy
Breakout Room C - Dispute Resolution
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
Sign Up for a “Lunch Table” informal chat (while you eat lunch)

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
All Group Session
Identifying & Handling Race, Gender & Other Prejudices in Cases
  • Discussing approaches to handling prejudices in cases
  • Maximizing real life examples in teaching without losing control of the narrative
  • Discussing techniques for teaching students how to integrate and address these issues in their presentation of a case
3:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Breakout One
Techniques for Building Confidence, Enhancing Creativity & Improving Presentation Skills
  • Unconventional techniques to visualize cases
  • Drills & exercises to improve presentation skills
Breakout Two
The Coach from 10,000 Feet
  • Training, supervising & motivating coaches
  • Are coaches school representatives on social media & under Title IX?
5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.
All Group Session
Presentation by Advocacy Writing Award Winner and Panel Discussion
Integrating Advocacy Skills into the Doctrinal Curriculum
  • Course development & structure
  • Professor & administration buy-in
6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.
All Group Session
Inter-School Collaborations: What Can We Do Better Together?
  • Collaborative courses & co-sponsored events
  • Sharing work product between schools
  • Inter-school competition scrimmaging

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All Group Session
Moving Forward: Online v. In-Person Competitions
  • Fall 2021 short-term competition plans
  • Plans for online competitions after COVID
12 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Breakout One
Creative Exercises in Storytelling
  • Exploring storytelling foundations
  • Using drills & exercises to improve persuasiveness
Breakout Two
Providing Digital Feedback
  • Incorporating video review & annotation in courses & competition preparation
  • Workshopping video annotation with Acclaim software
Breakout Three
Transitioning between Teaching Appointments & Advancement in the Advocacy Teaching Field
  • Identifying pitfalls to achieving professional goals
  • Sharing approaches & providing mentorship
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout One
Collaborative Discussion: Teaching Closing Arguments
  • Identifying the essentials of a closing argument and discussing techniques & materials for teaching the art
  • Generating content for a NITA White Paper - essential lessons/ingredients for a closing argument
Breakout Two
Fundraising & Alumni Relations
  • Creating networks & using data banks
  • Generating sponsorship for events & scholarships
Breakout Three
“Oh the Skills They have Learned”
  • Demonstrating how competition work builds soft skills & practice readiness
  • Application to trial, moot & DR
  • Discussion of ABA standards
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Lunch Break
Sign Up for a “Lunch Table” informal chat (while you eat lunch)

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Breakout One
Advocacy Programs Dissected
  • Approaches to staffing advocacy programs & courses
  • Institutional status of advocacy teachers & administrators
  • Grading advocacy students (pass/fail, letters & using rubrics)
Breakout Two
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Discussion Through Student Lived Experiences
  • Former trial team students share their lived experiences related to racial equity & disability inclusion
  • Recommendations on what we need to start, stop & keep doing to effect change
Breakout Three
Building a Winning Cultural for Competition Teams
  • Establishing expectations & changing unproductive dynamics
  • Working with the Administration & other academic programs
  • Working within the Administration and with other academic programs
  • Student leadership within trial teams
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Breakout One
Competition Transparency: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  • Selecting schools to invite to competitions
  • Training judges
  • Releasing ballots & soliciting feedback
Breakout Two
Advocacy Scholarship (SESSION 2)
  • Discussing research topics
  • Giving feedback on pre-submissions in small groups
  • Exploring a mentor/mentee program
5:45 p.m.
Farewell & See You Next Year at the Beach!


Kristen David Adams

Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Ramona Albin

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Advocacy Program
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Birmingham, AL


Robert Altchiler

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


Amanda Bagwell

Director of Compliance Operations
The Internet is for Everyone, LLC


Julie Baker

Professor of Legal Skills
University of Massachusetts School of Law
Dartmouth, MA


Heather Baxter

Professor of Law
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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


Elizabeth I. Boals

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


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


Brooke Bowman

Professor of Law; Director of Finances, Advocacy Boards; and Director, Moot Court Board
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


Cary Bricker

Noel M. Ferris Professor of Trial Skills
Co-Director of Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
Mock Trial Director
University of the Pacific
Sacramento, CA


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


Frankie DiGiacco

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


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


Captain Valonne L. Ehrhardt*

United States Marine Corps


David A. Erikson

Director of the Trial Advocacy Program
Co-Director of the Program in Criminal Litigation
Senior Instructor
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Retired Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District
San Chicago, IL


Lou Fasulo

Partner of Fasulo Braverman & DiMaggio, LLP; Director of Advocacy
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University


Jennifer Franklin

Professor of Practice
Director of Academic & Bar Success
Moot Court Advisor and Coach
William & Mary Law School
Williamsburg, VA


Robert Galloway

Associate Professor of Clinical Studies
Associate Director of Appellate Advocacy
South Texas College of Law Houston
Houston, TX
San Diego, CA


Kristen M. Gibbons Feden

Attorney at Law
Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky
Philadelphia, PA


Gina Girardi

Assistant Director, Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, IL


Aksel Güngör

Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia, PA


Kelly Feeley

Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


S. Rafe Foreman

Douglas Stripp Dean's Distinguished
Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy
University of Missouri-Kansas City Kansas City, MO Partner – Hutchison & Foreman PLLC Flower Mound, TX


Brandi Harden

Managing Partner
Harden & Pinckney, PLLC
Washington, D.C.


The Honorable Kristi Harrington

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


Zelda Harris

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Incoming Interim Dean (July 1, 2021)
Director, Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, IL


Sara Jacobson

Executive Director of Training
Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Deborah Junek, Esq.

Adjunct Faculty
St. Mary’s University School of Law
San Antonio, TX


Emily Landon

Professor of Law
St. Mary's University School of Law
San Antonio, TX
Abilene Christian University's Conflict Resolution Graduate Program
Abilene, TX


Jay Leach

Professor of Law Emeritus
Director, Trial & Appellate Advocacy Certificate of Concentration
University of the Pacific
Sacramento, CA


Joe Lester

Associate Director of Advocacy Training of the Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program
American University’s Washington College of Law
Washington, D.C.


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


Jasmine Mattear

Stetson Law Alumna
Stetson University College of Law


Adrienne Mebane

Associate Director, Dan K Webb Advocacy Center
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Chicago, IL


Keith Morgan

Adjunct Professor,
University of the District of Columbia, School of Law


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


Ellen S. Podgor

Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Susan Poehls

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


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


Charles H. Rose III

Dean of the College of Law
Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law
Ada, OH


Laura Rose

Assistant Professor of Law
University of South Dakota School of Law
Vermillion, SD


Laurence (Lonny) M. Rose

Professor Emeritus; Director Emeritus
University of Miami School of Law
Miami, FL


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


Grace Simms

Technology Librarian for Beeson Law Library
Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
Birmingham, AL


Catherine Stahl

Director of Trial Advocacy; Director of Moot Court Program; Teaching Associate Professor
Illinois College of Law
Champaign, IL


Stacey Turmel

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


Gwen Stern

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


Joanne Van Dyke

Adjunct Professor of Advocacy
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY


Stephanie Vaughan

Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL


Sara L. Williams

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

*The depiction of Captain Ehrhardt in uniform, and her participation in this forum, does not imply or constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON) or United States Marine Corps (USMC). Additionally, Captain Ehrhardt’ s participation in this forum is in her own personal capacity. Any views expressed by Captain Ehrhardt in this forum are those of Captain Ehrhardt and are not attributable to those aforementioned government entities.


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. Previous recipients of this award include Terry MacCarthy, Thomas Mauet, Warren Wolfson, Barbara Bergman, James Seckinger, Edward Ohlbaum, Susan Poehls, Bill Eleazer, the Hon. David Erickson, Joshua Karton, and Travis H.D. Lewin.

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 and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law. Previous recipients of the award were Adam Shlahet, Elizabeth Lippy and Mark Cumba. Professor David A. Erickson will chair the selection committee.

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

Although we only apply for CLE credit in the state of Florida, we will provide you with materials at the conference if you would like to apply for CLE credit in another state. For information regarding credits in other states, please contact [email protected].