法庭上的照片The goal of the 诉讼技能项目 at 伦的法律 is to actively engage students in learning experiences which develop their analytical and oral advocacy skills through simulation-based learning using the basic structure of criminal and civil trials.

Elon has developed an innovative and comprehensive 诉讼技能项目 that enriches other advocacy and skills programs, including the first-year oral advocacy experience, 模拟法庭模拟试验, negotiation and mediation courses and programs, and legal clinics.

The 诉讼技能项目 starts with the basic trial advocacy course, Trial Practice and 过程 (TPP), a study of the trial phase from the perspective of a practicing attorney. TPP is a three-hour course, meeting one day a week. Students are divided into classes of 10 to 12 students and each class is taught by two adjunct faculty members, each of whom have previous experience in teaching advocacy through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and other advocacy organizations. 在跨太平洋合作课程中, students first learn about and perform the various aspects of the trial of a lawsuit, including the development of a theory and theme, 挑选陪审团成员, 打开报表, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses and experts, the use and introduction of demonstrative evidence, 和关闭参数. Students are then required to prepare for and conduct a complete trial to verdict. Simulations are periodically videotaped and critiqued by a faculty member.

In addition to the basic TPP course, the 诉讼技能项目 also offers elective courses, including Advanced Trial Practice & 过程, 民事审前诉讼, 刑事审前诉讼, 口供, 面试和咨询, 和谈判.

伦的法律 professors who teach courses in the Trial Advocacy Program have significant professional experience in trial and appellate advocacy and they are highly accomplished advocacy scholars and teachers. 它们包括:

凯瑟琳·罗斯·邓纳姆法学教授. 教授essor Dunham is an expert in the law related to civil procedure and civil litigation, including complex civil litigation topics such as class actions and multi-district litigation, and regularly teaches courses in Civil 过程, 证据, 《银河游戏官方下载网》. 此外,教授. Dunham is an experienced litigator and trial attorney, having represented clients in trials in state and federal court. 教授. Dunham has coached championship trial teams and served on a national champion 模拟试验 team while a law school student. 此外,教授. Dunham is a regular faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, having served as a Program Director and Co-Director in NITA courtroom advocacy and deposition programs.

艾伦Woodlief, Senior Associate Dean for Admissions, 政府, Finance & Student Experience, Associate 教授essor of Law, and Director of 模拟法庭 Programs. Dean Woodlief authors widely used treatises on damages, civil trial practice and appellate practice. An accomplished appellate advocate, he has represented clients before the 北卡罗莱纳 Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has coached 模拟法庭 teams for over 20 years and established 伦的法律’s nationally recognized 模拟法庭 Program in 2008.

帕特里夏·珀金斯,法学助理教授.  教授essor Perkins began her teaching career at 伦的法律 in the 法律方法 and 通信程序 where she teaches first year law students the basic skills of written advocacy.  She also teaches Civil 过程, 民事审前诉讼 and Prisoner’s Rights.  Perkins previously practiced as a litigator with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, 在格林斯博罗, 北卡罗莱纳. 她也曾代表, 公益性服务, death row inmates raising Eighth Amendment challenges to lethal injection in litigation before the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to these faculty members, 伦的法律 is fortunate to have practicing trial attorneys serving on the adjunct faculty teaching in the 诉讼技能项目.  The 诉讼技能项目 adjunct faculty bring considerable litigation experience to 伦的法律 students in courses such as Trial Practice and 过程, 民事审前诉讼, 刑事审前诉讼, 和口供.

Adjunct faculty members include:

  • 尊敬的詹姆斯·L. Gale, Chief Business Court Judge, 北卡罗来纳州商业法庭
  • Sandra Hairston, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Lisa Boggs, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Randall Galyon, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Eric Placke, Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Terry Meinecke, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Neale Johnson, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
  • 加里·比弗,Nexsen Pruet LLC