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Reimagining Advocacy Conference

Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida
Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2019

What is the future of legal advocacy? This conference explores that question. Faculty and practitioners with an interest in the future of advocacy and advocacy education are invited to join us to imagine and reimagine the future.

If you are interested in legal advocacy in any of its forms (written, oral, and visual) in any of its locations (classrooms, courtrooms, clinics, competitions, and communities) this conference is for you!

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Note: This conference has already occurred. 

The day-and-a-half conference included:

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Corey Seemiller

Dr. Corey Seemiller is a nationally recognized expert on Generation Z and author of four books on Generation Z, including Generation Z: A Century in the Making. She will speak on her work studying Generation Z, the generation's commitment to social justice, and the impact that Gen Z may have on the future of advocacy. Dr. Seemiller's research sheds light on how we might approach advocacy education for a new generation. 

Dr. Elizabeth Britt 

Dr. Elizabeth Britt, Professor of English at Northeastern University, will speak on her book, Reimagining Advocacy, a rhetorical case study of a law school clinic, which explores how non-traditional forms of advocacy provide support for victims of domestic violence. Dr. Britt's research can help lawyers and law school faculty reimagine the kinds of advocacy skills lawyers need and how those new skills can transform lawyering.

Panels on The Future of Advocacy

Faculty and judges from across the nation will talk about their views about the future of legal advocacy:

  • Reimagining Advocacy Education
  • Reimagining Co-Curricular Advocacy Experiences
  • Reimagining Advocacy in Field Experiences
  • Reimagining Advocacy: The Judge's Perspective

A Two-Hour Introduction to Open-Ended Interviewing

This workshop, led by Dr. Elizabeth Britt, will teach open-ended interviewing as a form of advocacy.

Participant-Proposed Panels and Discussion Groups

We are seeking proposals from participants for presentations that address the future of advocacy, such as

  • Technology and advocacy
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity in advocacy
  • Advocacy training and teaching methods
  • Social justice advocacy
  • Advocacy in clinics, internships, externships
  • Pro bono and advocacy
  • Rhetoric and advocacy
  • Legal writing and advocacy
  • Advocacy in the courtroom and in other dispute resolution spaces
The Conference is presented by Stetson University College of Law Center for Excellence in Advocacy and the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication.

Stetson's Conference Committee:

  • Roberta Flowers, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Stetson Center for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Kirsten Davis, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law and Director of the Stetson Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication
  • Kristen Adams, Professor of Law and Director of the Stetson Dispute Resolution Board
  • Christine Cerniglia, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
  • Julia Metts, Professor of Practice and Director of Trial Teams
  • Jason Palmer, LeRoy Highbaugh, Sr., Research Chair and Professor of Law 

CLE Credits

CLE application will be made to the Florida Bar for 10.0 General CLE credits.


$100.00 – Standard Rate
$75.00 – Alumni Rate
$50.00 – Government Employee/University Faculty Rate