Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

Programs and Centers

Programs and centers at the College of Law support and foster a diverse and experiential legal education for our students.

Programs and Centers

Programs and centers at the College of Law support and foster a diverse and experiential legal education for our students.

Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

The center offers a unique curriculum with courses taught by  experienced faculty utilizing the college’s state-of-the-art facilities. The curriculum focuses on the substantive and procedural aspects of adjudication and gives students the opportunity to practice lawyering skills in an experiential learning atmosphere. Courses include the traditional trial practice and advanced appellate advocacy as well as a host of more specialized offerings including interviewing and counseling, negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution. Courses focusing on trial and appellate advocacy benefit from the building’s four modern courtrooms, equipped with smart podiums and video display systems.  The more specialized offerings, in which students engage in interviewing, counseling, negotiating, and mediating, are taught in small seminar rooms that feature video-capture systems. Students regularly record learning activities that their professors view in real time or use later to provide individual feedback to the student.

Experienced faculty

Those who teach in the advocacy and dispute resolution curriculum have a wide range of professional experiences. Among the full-time faculty are former attorneys in law firms in major U.S. cities, a former trial and appellate judge, and a former trial lawyer with the Department of Justice. The diversity of experience among the center faculty is further enhanced by adjunct faculty, including state and federal judges, private and public lawyers, and certified mediators.

Programs

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution sponsors and supports the College of Law’s moot court and mock trial program. Each year, the College of Law hosts three internal competitions and directs the College’s participation in numerous external competitions. The accomplishments of the students who participate in the program each spring at a banquet in which student members of the Order of Barristers are named.

Scholarship support of students

The center annually awards two scholarships to deserving students.  The Summers Rufolo & Rodgers Trial Advocacy Scholarship, established by the Chattanooga law firm of Summers Rufolo & Rodgers, is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy courses and who intends to pursue a career in advocacy and dispute resolution as either a plaintiff’s or criminal defense lawyer.

The Woolf Scholarship, established by the Knoxville law firm of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen, and Carpenter, PLLC, honors Lou Woolf who retired from the firm in 2012. Woolf practiced law for 50 years and specialized in presenting complex issues to juries.

Publications

The center’s symposia are published in conjunction with the Tennessee Journal of Law and PolicyThe center publishes The Advocate newsletter featuring articles about the center’s events, faculty, and student activities. Read past issues on TRACE.

The Woolf Scholarship, established by the Knoxville law firm of Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen, and Carpenter, PLLC, honors Lou Woolf who retired from the firm in 2012. Woolf practiced law for 50 years and specialized in presenting complex issues to juries.

Penny White, Director
Email: pwhite4@utk.edu

Jenny Lackey, Admin. Assistant
Email: jlackey4@utk.edu

Announcement of CourtCall Advocacy Service Award Application

The College of Law has registered to participate in the CourtCall Advocacy Service Award program. The program honors outstanding service to trial advocacy programs at law schools. The award recipients receive an award of $250. The recipient must be a third-year law student at an ABA accredited U.S. law school who demonstrate skill in moot court, mock trial, or trial advocacy programs. The award recipients are to be selected by each school’s faculty advisor(s) and there will be no more than two participants per school even if there are multiple programs or competitions. Further, one student may not receive both awards at a school.

Selection for the CourtCall Advocacy Servicde Award is based on demonstrated commitment and service to the advocacy and dispute resolution program and the moot court and mock trial programs at the University of Tennessee College of Law and is limited to third-year law students who have demonstrated distinguished service to the programs. The following criteria may also be considered: grades in advocacy classes, competition scores, and competition successes.

Applications must be emailed to Penny White by Dec. 1, 2019

Contact Us

Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Phone: 865-974-1477
Office:
 Suite 302

Contact Us

Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Phone: 865-974-1477
Office:
 Suite 302