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Trial Advocacy Program

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.

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Contact Information

H.T. Smith, Director
email : htsmith@fiu.edu
H. Scott Fingerhut, Assistant Director
email: fingerhut@fiu.edu
Zoraya Ledesma, Administrative Assistant
email: ledesmaz@fiu.edu
Gustavo Taylor, Audio and Videography
email: gtaylor@fiu.edu