Theory of Advocacy and Opening Statements: Lecture, Demonstration, and Critique (from Annual National Trial Advocacy College 2018) (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $119 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 1/31/2021


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of one session from the January 2018 live seminar, 37th Annual National Trial Advocacy College.

In this session, Professor Stephen A. Saltzburg provides a cohesive theory of advocacy: the fundamental principles for success.

Specific topics include:

  • How to put on a case and argue your case at all stages
  • Rule One: “Personal Advocacy”
  • Case analysis/central theme
  • Order and priority of your case
  • Communicating the message—“I will prove…”
  • Pick a persuasive point of view
  • Craft a powerful argument




Gerald F. Ivey, Co- Director of National Trial Advocacy College, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Gerald Ivey is a partner at Finnegan with extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation and trial advocacy. Mr. Ivey concentrates his practice primarily on jury trial patent cases involving biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical products. He also has handled numerous cases involving medical malpractice claims, general wrongful death actions, and commercial, construction, and employment litigation.

Stephen A. Saltzburg, Director of National Trial Advocacy College, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law; Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program

Stephen Saltzburg has been the Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor at the George Washington University Law School since January 2004, and is director of the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia.

Mary Lynn Tate, Co- Director of National Trial Advocacy College, Principal, The Tate Law Firm

Mary Lynn Tate is the principal of The Tate Law Firm and practices civil litigation from offices located in Abingdon, Virginia, in the areas of plaintiff’s medical negligence, products liability, personal injury, and business disputes. She also handles labor, employment, and commercial litigation.

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