For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Trial Lawyers Converge on Seattle

Jury psychology, ethical advocacy, and the skills needed to convince a jury are all part of a weeklong trial advocacy conference planned for August 28 – September 3, 2009, at the UW School of Law. Sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the conference faculty includes judges, prosecutors, and private attorneys dedicated to developing and teaching trial advocacy skills to support and promote the fair and effective administration of justice.

"The NW Regional Trial Skills Program and the University of Washington School of Law have successfully partnered for over two decades to bring the best trial advocacy training to Seattle," said Professor Maureen Howard, director of the program. "We share a commitment to training students and practicing lawyers to become effective, ethical advocates for their clients."

The week of trial skills training culminates with mock jury trials, presided over by local sitting judges, including Judges Janet Garrow, Anne Harper, Laura Inveen, Barbara Mack, Jack Nevin, and Carol Schapira. Among the featured faculty are Michael Johnson, Assistant U.S. Attorney from Arkansas; Mark Larson, Chief Deputy of the Criminal Division of the King County Prosecutor's Office; and Kate Pflaumer, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington.

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