Law Students ‘Learn By Doing’ at Annual Trial Advocacy Program

LSU Law students recently had the opportunity to practice their trial advocacy skills during a unique program involving mentors throughout the nation.  From cross-examination to voir dire jury selection, law students role played and received critiques from some of the nation’s leading experts in courtroom practices.

The annual Trial Advocacy program was held August 6-8, at the LSU Law Center.  Third-year law students participated in the program, which involved three days of intensive “learning by doing.”  During the program participants act as trial counsel and simulate actual trial skills under the experienced eyes of the select seminar faculty.  The program follows the methods pioneered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and includes role playing, critique, videotaping of performances, videotape critique, lecture, and demonstrations by the faculty.

Legal professionals from around the country served as team leaders and faculty for the program.

Those serving as 2012 team leaders included: Michael P. Cash, Honorable Durwood W. Conque (’72), Marion D. Floyd, Yul D. Lorio (’90), Lisa A. Marcy, Walter M. Sanchez (’84), Dean A. Sutherland (’75), Melanie A. Talia, William R. Warne, and the Honorable Christopher Whitten.

The following served as faculty members: Lee H. Ayres (’88), C. Karl Bernard, Henry M. Bernstein (’76), Honorable Frances M. Bouillion (’83), Raymond L. Brown, Jr., Paul A. Bruno, John O. Charrier, Jr., John D. Cosmich, Mary C. Cryar (’95), David A. Delman, Adam M. Dinnell, Billy C. Dyer, David G. Galyon, Anna L. Garcie (’97), Vance A. Gibbs (’82), Honorable George C. Hanks, Jr., Helen P. Harris, Katherine Herndon, Honorable Guy Holdridge (’78), C. Frank Holthaus (’75), Wade T. Howard, Jay Jacobus, Jr., Willie G. Johnson, Jr., Honorable James R. Jordan, Honorable Kathleen Kay (’85), John A. Kehoe, Honorable Daniel E. Knowles, III (’78),  Madeline J. Lee (’90), Christopher O. Massenburg, Honorable Patricia Minaldi, Mary Carol Parker, Michael A. Patterson (’71), John D. Person, Jeffrey W. Post, George H. Robinson, Jr. (’74), Barry J. Rozas (’92), Richard A. Sherburne, Jr. (’83), Honorable Ronald J. Sholes, William J. Sommers, Jr., Robert T. Veon, S.A. (Bud) Watson, Jr., Honorable Laurie A. White, and Matthew S. Zeiger.