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Trial Advocacy Program

Florida Bar Chester H. Bedell Memorial
Mock Trial Champions

Florida Bar Chester H. Bedell Memorial
Mock Trial Champions

Mission Statement

“If truth were self-evident, eloquence would be unnecessary.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Passionate Principled Advocacy.  This is the standard to which FIU’s Trial Advocacy Program aspires.  We aim to educate.  We seek to inspire.  We intend to fulfill our promise to bring forth powerful storytellers, courageous advocates, and the professional and community leaders of tomorrow.  In our students we instill the core values of super-competence, impeccable integrity, a tireless work ethic, and an understanding not only of the legal mechanics but the human dynamics involved in trying a lawsuit.  We accomplish this first by intense, classroom instruction where we focus on fact analysis.  Then, in the courtroom, we hone the art of advocacy by doing, and by doing, and by doing – perfectly – because only perfect practice makes perfect.  We insist that our students are as ethical as they are effective.  Beyond that, we strive to do our part to tender to America the next generation of superb trial lawyers.

Professors H. Scott Fingerhut and H.T. Smith Again Among Best Lawyers in America

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Professor H.T. Smith is Featured Panelist for Campus-Wide “Conversation” on George Floyd Murder

In FIU's first community outreach following the murder of George Floyd,...

Florida NAACP Names Law Student Fellowship in Honor of Professor H.T. Smith

The Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches has named one of three...

Professor H.T. Smith Presents Tribute to Trailblazing Judge John D. Johnson

At the 2020 Inaugural Eleventh Judicial Circuit Black History Month Program, Professor...

FIU Trial Team Advances to Quarters at Bedell State Championship

Congratulations to our FIU Trial Team for advancing to the quarterfinal...

Professor Fingerhut Quoted in Orlando Sentinel on Why Nicole Montalvo’s Killers Have Yet to be Charged

From the Orlando Sentinel, read here on the gruesome Nicole Montalvo killing and...

FIU Trial Team Champion Justin Duran Places Second at Miami-Dade County Closing Argument Competition

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Legal Services of Greater Miami,...

Professor H.T. Smith Speaks at Ceremony Honoring “Colored Court” Judge John D. Johnson

Professor H.T. Smith, trailblazing trial lawyer, civil rights pioneer,...

Professor H.T. Smith Honored with Wilkie Ferguson Bar Living Legend Award

The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association recently...

Sahara Fonseca’s FIU Alex Alvarez Scholarship In Trial Advocacy Published In The Florida Bar News

As published in this month’s Florida Bar News, congratulations again to...

Contact Information

H.T. Smith, Director
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H. Scott Fingerhut, Assistant Director
Zoraya Ledesma, Administrative Assistant
Gustavo Taylor, Audio and Videography