Elizabeth Boals


Professor Elizabeth I. Boals is the Assistant Dean for Part-time and Online Education and Faculty Director of the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute at the American University Washington College of Law. Her areas of specialization include: Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Expert Testimony, and Jury Selection. Professor Boals is a recipient of the Washington College of Law (WCL) Faculty Leadership Award and is a long-time member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching faculty.

Kenneth Armstrong


In his 38 years of practice, Mr. Armstrong has tried over 200 cases to jury verdict, arbitration award or Court decision. He has handled well over a thousand medical malpractice cases for various hospitals, physician insurers, and private health care provider companies and groups. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Armstrong has been a frequent public speaker, presenting hundreds of lectures, seminars, and presentations to medical and legal audiences on a wide variety of medical and legal topics. For the past 9 years, he has returned to his alma-mater, American University, Washington College of Law, as a Clinical Professor, teaching Civil Trial Advocacy, Trial Practice, and Expert Witness Deposition classes to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Karl Pilger


Karl Pilger is Counsel to the law firm of Brian V. Ebert, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia. His practice focuses on litigation of estate, business and employment disputes, with an emphasis on retirement disputes and employee benefits claims under ERISA. Karl has taught trial advocacy since 1985 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), including its courses in trial skills, depositions, and trial advocacy teacher training. He was a lecturer in trial advocacy for over ten years with the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C. For many years he also served as faculty for the law school trial advocacy programs at Emory University, Hofstra University and Widener University.

Zol Rainey


Rainey began his career in law enforcement as a Narcotics Detective for the Virginia Beach, Virginia Police Department and a Detective for the Deerfield, Illinois Police Department. After 10 years in law enforcement and graduating from law school he joined the United States Navy as a naval officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in 2000. He served as defense counsel at the Naval Legal Service Office MIDLANT; as legal advisor to the Commodore of COMPHIRON 8 while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy; as aide to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and as trial counsel at the Trial Service Office Northeast.

Addy Schmitt


Addy Schmitt is Counsel at the law firm Miller & Chevalier Chartered, where she represents individuals, organizations and corporations in white collar criminal and complex civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Ms. Schmitt served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where she represented federal executive agencies and employees at all stages of litigation in matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.