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.

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.

Elizabeth Lippy

Elizabeth Lippy is the Associate Director of the Trial Advocacy Program.  Professor Lippy teaches many different courses, including Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Evidentiary Foundations and Objections, Plea Bargaining, Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom and Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony. Beyond those courses, she works tirelessly with many of American University Washington College of Law mock trial teams. Professor Lippy is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has published a case file through NITA entitled Evans v. Washington State which emphasizes and focuses on the use of digital evidence in the courtroom.

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 is the Senior Litigation Counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  At the CFPB, he investigates as the principal litigation attorney in complex enforcement actions of federal consumer financial laws.  Zol served in the Navy Judge Advocate Corp from 2000 to 2005.  Zol has served in various positions within the Federal government including the District of Columbia's Office of the Attorney General, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor.   Since 2008, he has been an adjunct professor at the George Washington University law school.