Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Trial Advocacy Program hosted a one-man show performed by Paul Morella entitled "A Passion for Justice: an Encounter with Clarence Darrow." Clarence Darrow is one of the most revered and well-known American trial lawyers. The show brought to life some of Darrow's most sensational cases such as the Scopes "Monkey Trial" and the Leopold-Loeb murder case and provided a glimpse into the life of a man The Legal Times called "The Most Influential Lawyer of the 20th Century."


Tuesday, January 31, 2011

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Room 524

The Trial Advocacy Program, Mock Trial Honor Society and Office of Career and Professional Development are co-hosting a panel presentation including three of the area's best litigators as they discuss Careers in Litigation. The panelists include Bernie Grimm, a Partner at Cozen O'Connor who specializes in Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense and Government Investigations, Megan McCarthy, an Attorney at Armstrong, Donohue, Zeppos, Vaughan & Rhoads, who specializes in Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury, and Tiffany Sizemore, Public Defender at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.



"The Little Known Trial of Wyatt Earp"

Use of 21st Century Technology in a 19th Century Trial

Presented by Jim O'C. Gentry, Esquire

November 9, 2011 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Room 603

Discover how high-tech visual storytelling can be both effective and impactful in the courtroom. The fascinating and compelling story of Wyatt Earp will demonstrate how you can apply some of these techniques in trial. The seminar will begin with a presentation by Jim O'C. Gentry, Esq. of Salsbury, Clements, Beckman, Marder & Adkins, LLC followed by a panel discussion including Mark L. Austrian, Esq. or Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP and the Honorable Irma Raker of the Maryland Court of Appeals (retired). Refreshments will be served following the presentation.


"The True Rules of Cross-Examination"

Presented by Professor Michael Tigar

April 21, 2011 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

6th Floor Student Lounges

The Trial Advocacy Program at the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) sponsored a seminar entitled “The True Rules of Cross-Examination” on April 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. presented by the highly esteemed and well known trial attorney and WCL Professor Emeritus Michael Tigar. Professor Tigar is the author of numerous law review articles and the editor of more than a dozen books, including Fighting Injustice, Examining Witnesses (2d ed.), Persuasion: The Litigator’s Art, and Law and the Rise of Capitalism (2d ed.).In law practice, Professor Tigar has represented The Washington Post, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Scott McClellan, Rep. Ronald Dellums, Mobil Oil, Fernando Chavez, and Terry Lynn Nichols. He has tried cases before myriad courts across the country and argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

On April 21, Professor Tigar discussed cross-examinations, including examples from trial counters, thoughts on the difficult problem of cross-examining experts, and how to plan a cross-examination. Follow this link to view the webcast of the program.




Social Networking and Litigation: Friend or Unethical Foe?

November 30, 2010



On Tuesday, November 30, the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program hosted a conference entitled “Social Networking and Litigation: Friend or Unethical Foe?” to introduce the new Master of the Laws in Advocacy. The conference explored the ethical issues attorneys face in litigation in the digital age involving social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

The conference presenter and panelists included Susan Carle, Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law; Glenn Grossman, Bar Counsel for the State of Maryland and chief disciplinary officer; Thaddeus Hoffmeister, Professor of Law at University of Dayton School of Law; Kendell R. Kelley, a Lifestyle Lawyer and strategist specializing in intellectual property and social media; James McCauley, Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar; Caren Myers Morrison, Assistant Professor at Georgia State University College of Law; Ken Strutin, Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association; and Hon. Dennis Sweeney, judge who presided over the trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon, where the defense raised allegations of error due to juror communication through Facebook. 

Overall, the conference boasted 98 attendees during the 2 two hour panel presentations and formal reception dinner. 

The conference was video and audio taped. View the first panel presented by Ken Strutin with commentators Glenn Grossman and Professor Caren Myers Morrison or the second panel including The Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney, Kendell Renee Kelly, James McCauley, Ken Strutin and moderated by Professor Susan D. Carle.


Strategic Litigation in International and Domestic Fora
October 12, 2009

2:00-3:00 p.m. First Distinguished Lecture: Michael Tigar
Professor Emeritus of American University Washington College of Law (WCL), Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law School, and Founder of the UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic
Topic: "Narratives of Oppression"

3:15-4:30 p.m. Panel I: UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic
For more than four decades, the people of the Chagos Archipelago have pursued their claim, in different jurisdictions on two continents, that they were forcefully removed from their island home in the Indian Ocean by the British and U.S. governments to make way for a military base.
David Vine discussed the role of empirical data, sociology and anthropology in developing a reparations model to remedy the damages.
Richard Gifford is a UK solicitor who has represented the Chagossians for more than three decades, and in several fora.
Olivier Bancoult is the leader of the Chagossian people. He has been an articulate voice for the Chagossians' aspirations, and is lead plaintiff.

4:45-6:00 p.m. Panel II: Impact Litigation Project in the Americas
Francisco Uson was prosecuted and sentenced to five and a half years in prison for "dishonoring and disrespecting the armed forces of Venezuela" during a media interview in May 2004. His case was the first before the Inter-American system to deal with criminalization of speech against a state organ at a time when more governments in Latin America are resorting to it, silencing criticism and curtailing democratic debates. He discussed the alleged offense, the trial and conviction and his experience before international courts.
Dean Claudio Grossman led the Project's litigation efforts before the Inter-American Commission and Court;
Alejandra Gonza was the staff attorney leading the efforts in the Uson case at the Office of the Special Rapporteur within the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights;
Gonzalo Himiob Santome was Mr. Uson's criminal lawyer and a key witness in his case before the Inter-American system;
Agustina Del Campo was one of the lawyers representing Mr. Uson before the Inter-American system and moderated the discussion.

6:30 p.m. Dinner (Sixth Floor Student Lounge)
Welcome Remarks by the Dean

Free Trial/Free Speech Media Impact on Litigation in the 21st Century
October 23, 2007

in Celebration of the Naming of

This Conference examined ethical concerns and policy issues arising from the interaction of counsel with the media and the impact of mass media news and entertainment on the fairness of the trial process. Distinguished prosecution and defense lawyers, a national public radio broadcast journalist, an experienced federal jurist, and law faculty to participated in two panel presentations.




Strategic Ligitation in International and Domestic Fora

Media Impact on Litigation in the 21st Century

Naming Ceremony