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48th Annual Trial Academy

Saturday, July 30, 2022 - Friday, August 05, 2022
All Day Event
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
United States

Join the IADC for the 48th Annual Trial Academy which will be held July 30 to August 5 at Stanford University.


The Trial Academy is now full. Should you wish to be put on a wait list in the event a cancellation occurs, please contact Diana Leon, Communications and Professional Development Coordinator at or Donna Villa, Trial Academy Coordinator, at

Cancelation Due to COVID
If an attendee needs to cancel their registration due to COVID in advance of the meeting, the standard IADC cancelation policy applies with a future meeting credit issued for the full registration fees and room and board minus a $150 cancelation fee for use at an IADC meeting within the next year.

If an attendee tests positive for COVID onsite, they will need to quarantine and can do so in their room and can utilize the board package for meals, which will be brought to them. If they choose to leave campus and the program, they will be refunded for any sleeping room nights they don’t use (at a rate of $184.85 per night) and will receive a prorated future meeting credit from the IADC for the days they do not attend the program and utilize the board package. (If they arrive onsite but do not attend any part of the program, they will receive a credit for the full meeting registration fee.) The credit will be good for a year and can be used on any IADC meeting. If the attendee’s firm wishes to use it toward an IADC member’s attendance at another meeting, that is acceptable.

After a two-year hiatus, the IADC Trial Academy will return to in-person training and tutelage this summer. 


Program Brochure

View the Brochure for program details and ACCOMMODATION information.

Program Details

As the “Crown Jewel” of the IADC, the Trial Academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills. Perfect for those looking to learn and practice the fundamentals and for those seeking to refine their techniques and tactics and take their trial skills to the next level, students will learn by doing.

This seven-day, intensive workshop blends faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation in the setting of a mock trial. Sending lawyers to the Trial Academy is as important as ever given the disruption to professional development caused by the pandemic and the re-emergence of trials as courts try to whittle away at their dockets. The Trial Academy program is sure to help your team be ready.

The Academy's faculty will be under the leadership of Director Michael A. Brown and Director-Elect Edward S. Sledge, IV.


Questions? For questions on registration, please email Diana Leon, Communications and Professional Development Coordinator. For all other questions, email Amy O'Maley McGuire, Assistant Director of Legal Programming.