Annual Coaches & Competitions Clinic

Date(s) - 08/16 - 08/17

American University Law School

Contact Name
Elizabeth L. Lippy

Contact Email

Event Website

Annual Coaches & Competitions Clinic

August 16-17, 2019

Permit this email to act as an invitation to attend the Annual Coaches & Competitions Clinic hosted by the American University Washington College of Law to learn the best practices for mock trial, moot court, and alternative dispute resolution competition teams from experienced coaches at the top advocacy programs in the nation. Topics include (but are not limited to) innovative technology in competitions, statistical analyses of competition data, best practices for hosting competitions, applying competition skills to the future practice of law, transitioning from a competition team member to a competition team coach, resolving team conflicts, and handling issues at competitions.

Not only will these great topics be informative, but there will also be open forums with competition directors and hosts.  Jessup will attend and host one of the open forums, along with other national competition hosts, including the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) and the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyer’s National Trial Competition (“NTC”).  These competition hosts will update our community with exciting changes they are incorporating into their competition to help ensure a quality experience for competitors.

The two-day program commences Friday morning, August 16th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. and takes place at American University Law School in the nation’s capital at 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20016.  Friday night includes a happy hour and dinner.  The registration fee includes all food throughout the clinic. 

Presenters include:

·         Professor Brett Bayne, Dir. of Trial Advocacy, University of South Carolina School of Law

·         Professor Kellie Casey, Dr. of Advocacy, University of Georgia School of Law

·         Professor Megan F. Chaney, Professor, Nova Southern University Shepard Broad College of Law

·         Professor Jules Epstein, Dir. of Advocacy Programs, Temple University Beasley School of Law

·         Professor Kelly Feeley, Professor, Stetson University

·         Professor Louis V. Fasulo, Professor and Dir. of Advocacy Programs, Pace Haub School of Law

·         Professor Robert Galloway, Assoc. Dir. of Appellate Advocacy, South Texas College of Law

·         Professor Erik Knuppel, Coach and co-founder of GavelStats, Golden Gate School of Law

·         Professor Joseph Lester, Dir. of Advocacy Programs, Faulkner University

·         Professor Elizabeth L. Lippy, Assoc. Dir. of Trial Advocacy, American University

·         Professor Erika S. McArdle, Asst. Dir. of the Ctr. for Excellence in Advocacy, Stetson University

·         The Honorable Jim Roberts, Head Coach, Cumberland School of Law National Trial Team

·         Professor Jared Rosenblatt, Special Professor of Law, Hofstra Law

·         Professor Nancy Schultz, Dir. of Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, Chapman University

·         Professor David C. Schott, Dir., The Advocacy Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

·         Professor Adam Shlahet, Dir., Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center, Fordham University

·         Professor Gwen Stern, Dir. of the Trial Advocacy Program, Drexel Kline School of Law

·         Professor Brittany Gail Thomas, Asst. Dir. of Competition Teams, American University

·         Professor Daniel R. Tilly, Dir. of the Advocacy Program, Campbell University

All Advocacy Competition Teams:

The 2-day Clinic fosters the development of coaches in all fields of advocacy, including Mock Trial, Moot Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Should you have any suggested topics or interest in becoming a presenter, please contact the chair or co-chairs of the track for which you are interested.  Thank you to the following co-chairs of the different tracks:

·         Moot Court co-chairs –

o   Kellie Casey, University of Georgia School of Law [email protected];

o   Rob Galloway, South Texas College of Law [email protected];

·         ADR co-chairs –

o   Kelly Feeley, Stetson University College of Law [email protected];

o   Nancy Schultz, Chapman Fowler School of Law [email protected]

·         Mock Trial co-chairs –

o   Elizabeth Lippy, American University [email protected];

o   The Honorable Jim Roberts, Cumberland School of Law [email protected]


The registration fee for the clinic is $300.00. If your school sends more than one coach, then the second and subsequent fee will be $150.00. Please note that this fee includes meals throughout the clinic. Register HERE.


Should you have any questions, Elizabeth L. Lippy, Associate Director of Trial Advocacy at the American University Washington College of Law by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (202)274-4145.