Trial Advocacy Program

The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) takes place in the fall and offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial three weeks later. This seminar is designed for attorneys working in the criminal or civil arena with little to no trial experience but a strong desire to become effective trial lawyers. Past participants commented that the seminar was "completely engaging and thought-provoking" and "entertaining, real-world skill development that every new lawyer should attend."

Past TAP seminar topics include:

  • Trial Ethics 
  • Trial Notebook and Organization 
  • Objections and Motions in Limine 
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening and Closing Statements 
  • Direct and Cross Examination 

As a registrant, you will receive a mock trial packet. Please spend time carefully reviewing these materials prior to the two day seminar even if you do not plan to participate in the mock trial. The TAP instructors will incorporate these materials into their lessons and you will also use the materials to complete your class exercises.

Volunteers make TAP possible!

The trials are conducted by new lawyers and presided over by current court judges. Volunteer witnesses and jurors create a more realistic trial experience. Being a volunteer juror gives you the chance to view a trial as juror and support a new lawyers' real-world skill development as they argue either a mock criminal or civil case. Juror participation is important to the success of TAP and greatly appreciated. Check back for the 2017 TAP to see how you can sign up to be a juror. 

Questions? To learn more about the Trial Advocacy Program, email newlawyers@wsba.org


Tap Volunteer Thank You

The WSBA thanks the following volunteers for their hard work in support of the 2016 Trial Advocacy Program.

Steering Committee members:

Jon Yousling
Casey Bruner
Emily Ann Albrecht
Ada K. Wong
Sarra Marie
Munish Bharti
Natasha Quraishi
Kyle Mott
Conner G. Peretti

Volunteer judges:

Hon. Beth Andrus
Hon. Anne Harper
Hon. Andrea Darvas

WSBA New Lawyer Education Scholarship for TAP

Apply for a scholarship to attend the Trial Advocacy Program. 

Applications due by Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. 

To apply, download this application and send the completed form to newlawyers@wsba.org