Law School Hosts NITA Building Trial Skills Program
November 10, 2008 — The Earle Mack School of Law hosted the Mid-Atlantic Regional Program on Building Trial Skills Nov. 8 through 14.
Sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the professional development program for attorneys focused on the arts of trial advocacy and persuasion. Approximately 30 attorneys from around the United States engaged in simulations of necessary courtroom skills, observed trial demonstrations and heard lectures on advocacy from NITA's experienced faculty of trial lawyers, judges, advocacy teachers, and communications experts.
Gwen Roseman Stern, Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Professor of Law at the Earle Mack School of Law served as a faculty member and a team leader for the training program.
Participants learned how to improve direct and cross examinations, lay foundations, deliver opening statements and closing arguments, impeach and perform voir dire. They received instant faculty feedback and critique of live and videotaped performances. Participants also learned about jury psychology through the execution of a full jury trial, watching the panel deliberate via closed circuit TV and then hearing the jurors' critique.
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