Access to Justice

Legal Services Advocacy Training Program

The American Bar Association Litigation Section is pleased to announce that registration is now open for 32 attorneys to attend the 2023 Legal Services Advocacy Program in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Legal Services Advocacy Training Program offers 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.

First presented at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, this program has been held annually for over 20 years at prestigious law schools and law firms across the country.  This year, we thank Butler Snow LLP for donating rooms for our training. 

The two-day workshop has been developed using the National Institute for Trial Advocacy model, using a NITA casefile and volunteer NITA instructors, and will focus on student performance, faculty critique, and video review. Topics to be reviewed include basic trial skills, 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 be video recorded performing learned skills, 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 ABA Litigation Section hosts this training in his/her city. This year’s Chair and host is Danny Van Horn of Butler Snow LLP.

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

August 17–18, 2023

Each day starts at 8:30 a.m. with a light continental breakfast. The training begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. each day.

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

Butler Snow LLP
Crescent Center
6075 Poplar Ave # 500
Memphis, TN  38119


Registration Deadline
July 6, 2023

For more information, please contact Monica Reyes, Program Specialist, at 312-988-6245 or

The ABA will seek 11.25 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 13.5 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.