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

Oct. 23-24, 2015 (Two-day seminar in Seattle and via webcast)
Nov. 7, 2015 (TAP Mock Trial in Seattle)
Nov. 14, 2015 (TAP Mock Trial in Spokane)

Meet the TAP Planning Team

Eric Chavez (Chair)
Jonathan Yousling (Chair-elect)

Steering Committee Recruitment Now Open

Interested? Email by Friday, May 22.

WSBA New Lawyer Education (NLE) is looking for eager and resourceful new/young lawyer volunteers to assist in planning the always popular annual Trial Advocacy Program (TAP). TAP is an educational program for new lawyers to improve their litigation skills and acquire trial experience.
In addition to our Seattle-based mock trial, we will be holding a second mock trial in Spokane for the first time! We are seeking a small group of young lawyers from the Spokane region to help assist with this unique mock trial opportunity.

Here are the important dates:

  1. First Steering Committee Meeting: Friday, May 29 (3 – 4:30 p.m.) in-person attendance encouraged (conference call option available upon request). 
  2. Monthly Check-in Meetings beginning in June with work done between meetings and periodic check-ins via e-mail.
  3. Seminar: Oct. 23–24, 2015, at the WSBA Conference Center, Seattle (attendance required).
  4. Seattle Mock Trial: Nov. 7, 2015 at the Seattle Justice Center (attendance required)
  5. Spokane Mock Trial: Nov. 14 (development team members from Spokane only — attendance required)

The estimated time commitment is five hours per month. Steering Committee members are expected to attend the CLE seminar and the mock trial.
Committee members assist the program co-chairs, chair-elect and the WSBA in one or more of these areas:

  1. Jurors: Recruit volunteers from within and outside of the legal community (schools, legal organizations) to be jurors for the Mock Trial.
  2. Moderators: Welcome and introduce participants and faculty the day of the CLE; facilitate discussions in-person and with webcast attendees
  3. Bailiffs: Coordinate courtroom proceedings the day of the mock trial; work directly with presiding judges
  4. Spokane Mock Trial: Interested and live in the Spokane area? Be a member of our Spokane Mock Trial Prep Team.

What are the benefits?

  1. Receive CLE credit for your fulfillment of committee roles and responsibilities
  2. Receive a complimentary pass to attend the CLE seminar
  3. Develop your project leadership skills
  4. Connect with seasoned trial attorneys and judges


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