Professor Mariana Hogan to Co-Direct a National Trial Skills Program

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Professor Mariana Hogan, an expert in trial advocacy and practical training courses, has been named Co-Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s (NITA’s) 2019 National Trial Skills Program. She will oversee the program with the Honorable Michael Washington, a Superior Court Judge in San Diego, California.

The National Trial Skills Program, which has been held annually since 1972, will take place this July in Boulder, Colorado at NITA’s Education Center. Participants will practice a range of advocacy skills in a supportive setting, including opening statements and closing arguments, direct- and cross-examinations, handling exhibits, making and responding to objections, and jury selection. The course culminates in a mock trial.

Professor Hogan is no stranger to NITA’s “learning-by-doing” approach. At NYLS, she is Director of Advocacy Programs and teaches rigorous simulation courses, including Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills, and Advocacy of Criminal Cases. She is a faculty advisor to NYLS’s Trial Competition Team, another avenue for students to sharpen their persuasive advocacy skills while representing the School at competitions near and far. Professor Hogan also directs NYLS’s Externship Program, which places students in law offices and courthouses, where they can further their experiential learning. She began her career as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division, a role that taught her the value of learning quickly in the field.

Professor Hogan also has extensive experience planning and running trial skills workshops for lawyers, including at major law firms, corporations, and local and federal government agencies.

“Realistic simulations allow attorneys to develop their advocacy skills without the added pressure of a client whose money or liberty are on the line,” Professor Hogan said. “They also help advocates become better by giving them opportunities to try things and take chances they could not take in a real litigation.”

NITA, a nonprofit, is a premier advocacy training organization staffed by lawyers, judges, and advocates. The group teaches trial advocacy skills in small-group settings, with the goal of promoting a fair and impartial justice system.