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Trial Academy

47th Annual Trial Academy
July 27 - August 2, 2019
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, California USA


The 2019 Trial Academy class is now full, but we are still taking applications for the waitlist. Fill out the registration form and fax it to the IADC office at 1.312.368.1854 or email it to Amy O'Maley McGuire at Applications received now have a good chance of getting a spot as openings do occur in June due to cancellations.

To view the brochure, click here.


Thank you to the following firms who have registered someone from their firm to participate in the premier trial skills program:

Alston & Bird LLP
Anderson Murphy and Hopkins
ASBZ Advogados
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Bodyfelt Mount LLP
Bowman and Brooke LLP
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
Butler Snow LLP
Campbell Conroy & O'Neil, P.C.
Christian & Small, LLP
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Connell Foley LLP
Coughlin Duffy LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Ellis & Winters LLP
Federal Express Corporation
Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC
Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford, PC
Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom
Foulston Siefkin
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP
Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Haltom & Doan
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
James Ryan III & Associates, LLC
Kenney & Sams, P.C.
King & Spalding LLP
Kopon Airdo, LLC
Lederer Weston Craig PLC
McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, L.L.C.
Morrison Mahoney LLP
Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee PLLC
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pearce Durick PLLC
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
Rasmussen, Dickey & Moore, L.L.C.
Ricci, Tyrrell, Johnson & Grey
Sidley Austin LLP
Soha & Lang, PS
Starnes Davis Florie LLP
Thompson & Knight LLP
Venable LLP
Vinson & Elkins, LLP
Watkins & Eager PLLC
Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial
Williams Law Firm, P.C.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

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The IADC Trial Academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills. This seven-day intensive program blends faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation. 

The faculty consists of leading defense trial lawyers selected on a national basis from different regions of the country. Each faculty member is assigned to a group of five to seven students which allows for individualized attention and instruction.

S1000167-LThe faculty utilizes proven methods of instruction for a full learning experience. Faculty demonstrations expose participants to different approaches and ideas in solving common trial problems and add dimension to the program. For the student exercises, this Academy makes extensive use of videotape as a teaching tool. Each student conducts opening statements, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, direct and cross examination of medical doctors and economists, and closing statements. These exercises are videotaped and the faculty member critiques them with the student.

The Academy emphasizes technology in the courtroom. The state-of-the-art facilities at Stanford Law School will provide the perfect environment for discussing effective use of technology in trial strategy.

History and Purpose

The IADC Trial Academy was initiated by the International Association of Defense Counsel in 1973 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After 31 years at that location, the Trial Academy moved to the prestigious Stanford Law School in Stanford, California in 2004.

The purpose of this continuing legal education program is to enhance advocacy trial skills of less experienced lawyers. Major emphasis is placed on the learning-by-doing method of instruction.S1000241_2

The Academy provides intensive, comprehensive and participatory education to young defense trial lawyers. Its faculty members are experienced, well-recognized trial lawyers with extensive trial experience. They are drawn from different geographic areas and diverse practices, styles and personalities. Faculties and directors rotate on an annual basis.

If you are an IADC member interested in participating in the Trial Academy as a member of its faculty, please fill out the Faculty Interest Form and send it to Amy O'Maley McGuire, Director of Professional Development, at

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