Legal Services Advocacy Training
About the Project
The ABA Section of Litigation has sought to become a leader in forging a partnership between the private bar and attorneys who dedicate their practices to serving the poor and the disadvantaged. In this spirit, the Section initiated the Legal Services Advocacy Training Program in 1992. The program is designed to offer intensive trial advocacy training, at no cost, to attorneys at clinics and legal services programs who do not typically have access to traditional continuing legal education trial skills programs.
The program was first presented at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, and has been held annually at prestigious law schools and affiliations across the country. Because the program has consistently received excellent reviews, the Section has instituted it as an annual program to be presented in different parts of the country each year.
The three day workshop is modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy format, with emphasis on student performance, faculty critique, and video review. Some of the topics covered are the basic trial skills of developing a theme, direct and cross-examination, impeachment, introduction and use of exhibits, opening statement and closing argument. After listening to informative lectures, students will break out into four small groups under the direction of faculty, where they will perform learned skills (while being video taped) and then critiqued on their performance.
All trainings are free of charge and depend on the volunteered time of experienced trial lawyers, judges, and academics. We are actively seeking volunteers to assist as faculty.