Professor Stephanie Williams Speaks on Excellence in Online Advocacy Teaching -- William and Mary Law Conference
Professor Stephanie Williams spoke at the William & Mary Law School Conference for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing Online, which was held on June 18-19. Professor Williams delivered a presentation on best practices for teaching oral advocacy in the new virtual world and how to best use Zoom or other online platforms for internal first-year competitions. Her co-presenters, Professor Jennifer Franklin of William & Mary Law, and Professor Erin Okuno of Stetson Law, discussed how to run online external second-year and third-year moot court competitions. The presenters also addressed how to update internal and external rules for "travel" teams now that most 2020-21 moot court competitions will be held online. The presenters gave practical tips and answered participant questions. The Excellence in Teaching Conference had over 900 attendees, with Professor Williams's presentation filled to its capacity of 300 participants.
Pepperdine Caruso Law was one of the first law schools in the nation to hold its first-year moot court competition online, which was featured in National Jurist article, "Not all moot court is adjourned; some go online," which may be found here (including a photo of the Moriarity first-year competition).