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! 

Registration Now Open!

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 & Organization
  • Objections & Motions in Limine
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening & Closing Statements
  • Direct & Cross Examination

Decide the Verdict in a Mock Trial - Volunteer and Join the Jury Today! 

We are seeking volunteer jurors for our annual mock trial. Anyone with an interest in the courtroom process is welcome to volunteer. 

To volunteer to serve as a juror click here

Meet the TAP Planning Team

James E. Banks (co-chair)
Colin Willenbrock (co-chair)
Eric Chavez (chair-elect)

Steering Committee:

Cara Christensen
Lauren Coates
Ryan Dreveskracht
Sarah MacLean
Daniel McLafferty
Raam Wong
Adam Yeaton
Jon Yousling


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:
Naomi Otto Barry
Jessica Blye
Derek Dohn
Jennifer Oswald
Kimkhanh van
Ada Wong

Seminar Faculty:
Thomas Breen
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. Janet Garrow
Hon. Ernest Heller
Hon. Jeff Jahns
Hon. Patrick Oishi
Hon. Linda Portnoy
Hon. Kimberley Prochnau
Hon. Catherine Shaffer
Hon. Chip Small
Hon. Bruce Weiss