As one of the most ambitious initiatives in the School of Law’s recent history, the Advocacy Institute is a multifaceted effort to provide experiences and help develop practical skills in trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute resolution.
The implementation of this program has allowed the School of Law to think big and set an ambitious goal of making the program one of the nation’s Top 10 for legal advocacy.
Erie County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk and personal injury practitioner Christopher J. O’Brien co-direct the School of Law's Trial Advocacy Program, and they provide leadership for the Advocacy Institute.
“The purpose of the Advocacy Institute is to help the students move more into the application of that new way of thinking and that subject matter mastery. Through better training of our own adjunct faculty, and different and varied opportunities for the students, we are producing students who are ready to step into a courtroom the day after their admission to the bar,” O’Brien says. “This is a student-focused program. It’s about teaching as many students as possible how to be effective advocates. With this support we’ve received, we have an opportunity to take what we have and improve it.”
Initial funding for the Institute has been provided by Ter