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.

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...

FIU Law Trial Advocacy Program Hosts Annual ABOTA Presentation on Civility

The Miami Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)...

Sahara Fonseca Awarded Alex Alvarez Scholarship in Trial Advocacy

FIU Law 3L SAHARA FONSECA has received a 2019 Alex Alvarez Scholarship...

FIU Trial Team Advances to Final Round at National Trial Competition

Our FIU Trial Team advanced to the final round in the National Trial...

FIU Trial Team Advances to Quarterfinals at State Championship

Congratulations to our FIU Trial Team on their quarterfinal finish this...

Professors Smith and Fingerhut Present CLE@FIU on Closing Argument

FIU Law Trial Advocacy Program Director and Assistant Director,...

Semifinals and Two Best Advocate Awards for FIU Law Trial Team

The FIU Law Trial Team returned from Fort Lauderdale this past weekend...

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