Increase your performance of the fundamental stages of trial. 

Train and practice with support from litigation experts and judges...when the results don't count! 

The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial two weeks later. This seminar is geared toward attorneys working in either the criminal or civil arena, with little to no trial experience, but a strong desire to become 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." 

Topics in the seminar include:

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

Save the Date for TAP 2015!

October 23-24, 2015 (Two-day seminar in Seattle & via webcast)
Early November, 2015 (TAP Mock Trial in Seattle)

Meet the TAP Planning Team

Eric Chavez (chair)
Chair-elect (TBD)

Steering Committee:

Recruitment will begin soon.
Interested? Email


Contact or call 206-239-2116




TAP Volunteer Thank You

WSBA Thanks the following volunteers for their hard work in support the Trial Advocacy Program.

Steering Committee Members:
James Banks
Naomi Otto Barry
Jessica Blye
Cara Christensen
Lauren Coates
Derek Dohn
Ryan Dreveskracht
Daniel McLafferty
Sarah MacLean
Jennifer Oswald
Kimkhanh van
Colin Willenbrock
Ada Wong
Raam Wong
Adam Yeaton
Jon Yousling

Seminar Faculty:
Thomas Breen
Ben Carr
Alexis Foster
Karen Koehler
Matthew Leyba
Felix Luna
Portia Moore
Hon. Jack Nevin
Craig Sims
Sims Weymuller

Volunteer Judges:
Hon. Beth Andrus
Hon. George Appel
Hon. Paul Bastine (ret.)
Hon. Marybeth Dingledy
Hon. Richard Eadie
Hon. Doug Federspiel
Hon. Janet Garrow
Hon. Nathaniel Green
Hon. Anne Harper
Hon. Ernest Heller
Hon. Jeff Jahns
Hon. Patrick Oishi
Hon. Linda Portnoy
Hon. Kimberley Prochnau
Hon. Catherine Shaffer
Hon. Chip Small
Hon. Bruce Weiss