With final exams coming to a close, students looking to sharpen the advocacy skills essential for trial work will participate in the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) on both the Harrisburg
The seven-day legal “boot camp” brings in judges, attorneys and legal academics from around the country to the Harrisburg and Delaware campuses, where they share their trial expertise and experience with students. The program runs from May 17th through May 24th on the Delaware campus under the direction of Professor John Nivala
and from the 18th through the 25th on the Harrisburg campus under the direction of Associate Professor J. Palmer Lockard II
In addition to the detailed and valuable insights provided by the experienced faculty, students in the course take part in a special “expert witness day” that permits them to work with actual expert witnesses. The program concludes with a simulated jury trial that allows the students to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
Students in ITAP are also treated to the annual E. John Wherry, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Trial Advocacy and Professionalism. In Harrisburg, former U.S. Representative and Harrisburg campus alumnus Patrick J. Murphy ’99 will deliver the lecture on Wednesday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. in Room A 180 of the Administration Building. In Delaware, the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine, a Connecticut Appellate Court judge, will deliver the lecture Monday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom.