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Intensive Advocacy Program Provides Practical Trial Experience

June 06, 2013

The Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP), which focuses on litigation and trial techniques and strategies, concluded its 21st annual two-week course on June 2. The program brings together seasoned lawyers and judges from across the nation to train law students in the art of advocacy.

Twenty-seven law students participated in this interactive program featuring more than 80 hours of lectures, demonstrations, and practice workshops. The students conducted portions of a simulated deposition and trial, received critique, and reviewed their recorded performances under the guidance of experienced faculty members. The program concluded with each student conducting a mock jury trial. 

“As always, I am in awe of the work the students put into the program and how much they are energized by the effort. But this year I was also struck by the fact that many of the lawyers who gave of their time had themselves participated in IAP as students,” said Assistant Professor and IAP Program Director Henry Brown. “These people, including students from the very first IAP program, are now well-regarded and experienced attorneys in their own right. Having participated in IAP every year since the beginning myself, it warms my heart to see the abilities and dedication of generations of USF School of Law alums.” 

This year’s Edward J. McFetridge Award for excellence in advocacy was presented to Mark Griffin 4L. Stephanie Drenski 4L received the John L. Brennan Award for creativity and innovation in advocacy.