Access to Justice

Legal Services Advocacy Training Program

The American Bar Association Section of Litigation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for 32 attorneys to attend the 2019 Legal Services Advocacy Program in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Legal Services Advocacy Training 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 for over 20 years has been held annually at prestigious law schools and law firms across the country.  This year we thank the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law for donating rooms for our training.   

The two-and-a-half-day workshop is modeled after the National Institute for Trial Advocacy format using both a donated NITA casefile and volunteer NITA instructors, 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 videotaped) and then critiqued on their performance. 

Training Cost
All trainings are free of charge and depend on the volunteered time of experienced trial lawyers, judges and academics. Each year the Chair of the Section of Litigation hosts this training.  This year the Chair and our Host is Palmer Gene Vance II of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

This training is available ONLY to regional full-time Legal Aid Attorneys. With only 32 slots available, we must limit the number of attorneys to four (4) attorneys 
from each provider to assure that we provide some slots for most providers in any given region.

Dates and times
June 27-29, 2019 

The program will start at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27 and conclude on Saturday, June 29 at 12:30 p.m. In addition, the program director and communications expert will be available that Saturday afternoon if any participant would like to fine tune any skill.

The ABA will provide lunch on Thursday, breakfast, lunch and a “Thank You for the Work You Do” reception on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
2301 S 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40208


Registration Deadline: May 17th, 2019

The ABA will seek 15.25 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 18.30 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.