**PLEASE NOTE: This program is now full, but we are accepting waitlist registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. To be added to the waitlist, please email Libby Bingham. Thank you for your interest!**

This September, you can still join us for this unique oral advocacy training.

The American Inns of Court is pleased to offer a virtual training  for attorneys who are looking to develop or hone their oral advocacy skills. This is intensive, highly-personalized professional development delivered through the lens of trial advocacy. It requires commitment, an open mind, the acceptance of personalized critique, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone.

Overview

Methodology

Who Should Attend

When & How

Tuition

Continuing Legal Education

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Questions?

Please contact Libby Bingham by email or at (571) 319-4712.

Overview

The American Inns of Court National Advocacy Training Program (NATP) is an intensive training sponsored by the American Inns of Court in conjunction with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) in London.

The ICCA, established by the four Inns of Court in London, is comprised of leading barristers and judges who provide guidance and training in the pursuit of excellence in advocacy. The involvement of the ICCA makes this program unlike any other offered in the United States. Because of our close relationship with the Inns of Court in London, the American Inns of Court is able to offer this truly unique opportunity for highly personalized professional development.

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Methodology

Normally, training is conducted in a courtroom setting; however, due to the pandemic, we are adapting the program for virtual delivery. The program will be able to accommodate two small groups of eight participants. The facilitators will be British judges or barristers; two will lead each group using a modified version of the six-step Hampel method of advocacy training—a best practice adopted by the Bar of England and Wales. In order to level the experience playing field, the training is based on a case set before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The program features aspects of a mock trial such as direct and cross-examination, and opening and closing arguments. Oral presentation and advocacy skills are reinforced through immediate, personal feedback, and observation of the other group members' critiques. While learning methods for witness handling, effective ways to phrase questions, refreshing memory, and other "tools of advocacy," the emphasis is on finding or developing personal presentation styles, preparation skills and methods for effectively interacting with the bench and with witnesses.

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Who Should Attend

The program is designed for attorneys who are looking to develop or hone their courtroom presentation skills, generally within two to ten years of practice. Attorneys who have been practicing longer but without the opportunity to argue in court may also find value in the program. All participants should feel comfortable working in a group and receiving public critiques of their performances. The NATP is available to active Inn members, Inn alumni and non-member attorneys.

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When & How

The program will be spread out over five days for two and one-half hours per day:

  • Monday, September 14th (11:30 – 2:00 ET): The Case Analysis
  • Tuesday, September 15th (11:30 – 2:00 ET): Opening Arguments
  • Wednesday, September 16th (11:30 – 2:00 ET): Replay of Opening Arguments; Direct/Cross Examination of Defense Witnesses
  • Thursday, September 17th (11:30 – 2:00 ET): Replay of Defense Examinations; Direct/Cross Examination of Prosecution Witnesses
  • Friday, September 18th (11:30 – 2:00 ET): Replay of Prosecution Examinations; Closing Arguments

The time has been chosen so we may accommodate participants from the West coast, and our trainer friends in London. Participants must plan on attending all five training sessions.

Once registered, participants will be given access to online on-demand content to help them prepare for the program. The program itself will take place via a virtual platform so strong, reliable internet connection is needed to participate; links will be provided in advance of the training.

Each day will begin with a short plenary session to review the day's focus, then the groups will be put into breakout rooms. Participants will be asked to review their session notes; the following day will provide the opportunity to "replay" the previous section and show improvement

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Tuition

Active Inn of Court Members: $325*
Inn of Court Alumni: $425
Non-Member Attorneys: $525

Tuition must be received within 10 business days of registration in order to finalize participation; confirmation e-mails will be sent upon receipt.

If you need to cancel your participation in the program for any reason, notice must be received in writing (email) no later than August 15. Cancellations received on or prior to August 15 will receive a refund for fees paid minus a $75 processing fee; those received after August 15 will not receive any refund.

*Financial assistance may be available to some members on a need basis; email your inquiry.

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Continuing Legal Education

When registration has closed, the program will be submitted for CLE approval from the participants’ state jurisdictions; approval is generally granted in advance of the program. (Late applicants may not find out until after the program is over if they are from a jurisdiction that had not already been approved.)

  • All participants will receive a certificate of completion, along with whatever other information is requested by the jurisdiction, or whatever an attorney may need to self-report.
  • The program is eligible for at least 12-14 general CLE credits in most jurisdictions. Participants who want to receive CLE credit are encouraged to apply ASAP so we can ensure enough time to get the program approved.
  • The program has already been approved in Pennsylvania. Click here for a list of other jurisdictions  which have approved the live NATP in the past.

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Resources

Need Permission to Attend?

What is the Hampel Method?

Testimonials from Past Attendees

If you have questions, please contact Libby Bingham
Director of Education and Mentoring Programs

Help Support This Program!

National Advocacy Training
 
If you wish to donate by check, make checks payable to "American Inns of Court", note "NATP", and send to:

American Inns of Court
225 Reinekers Lane
Suite 770
Alexandria, VA 22314
If you would like to help support the long-term success of this program with a multi-year pledge, please visit our Howard T. Markey Endowment Fund page.