Sunday, March 23, 2014

U. Buffalo School of Law creates new Advocacy Institute to help students develop better trial skills

The new Advocacy Institute aims to establish U. Buffalo as one of the leading law schools in the nation when it comes to teaching students trial skills.  Plans include expanding and strengthening the school's existing moot court and trial advocacy programs, developing new courses on trial advocacy topics and, interestingly, bringing to campus leading trial lawyers and trial advocacy professors from other law schools to teach U. Buffalo professors how to better train students.   The program will kick-off in April when a pair of leading trial advocacy professors from Stetson and Loyola will conduct on-campus training sessions for both students and faculty.  From the UB Reporter:

Law students to build skills through new Advocacy Institute

An ambitious initiative of the UB Law School will help students and legal practitioners develop their skills in the critical task of advocating for their clients.


The Advocacy Institute, to be funded by the Law School, the university and private donors, will build on UB Law’s recent success in the moot court and trial advocacy programs that give students real-world experience in trial and appellate advocacy. Plans for the institute envision an expansion and further strengthening of those programs; new courses on advocacy topics; training for faculty in the best ways to teach these skills; and continuing education opportunities for members of the local bar.

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Another major aim of the institute, [Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Charles] Ewing says, is to train faculty members — both full-time professors and the practitioners who serve as adjunct professors — to be more effective teachers of advocacy skills. “Our hope,” he says, “is to bring in nationally known trial and appellate advocacy attorneys and instructors to teach our faculty to be better instructors. Another goal is to send members of our faculty to programs around the country to improve their advocacy and teaching skills.”


The first instance of such faculty training will come April 5, when two of the best-known advocacy professors in the nation — Charles Rose of Stetson University Law School and Zelda Harris of Loyola Law School — will work with students, faculty and moot court coaches, offering critiques and teaching tools.

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