Trial Advocacy Testimonials

“From personal experience I can attest the FIU Trial Advocacy program is one of the nation’s premiere programs for developing trial skills. Their perfect mix of academic rigor, practical application and intense individual focus creates superior trial lawyers. The program’s excellence starts with the faculty who have stellar trial and academic experience.”

Roy Black


Famed trial lawyer Roy Black was our inaugural presenter at Great Legal Storytellers in February 2012, speaking to a capacity crowd in our ceremonial courtroom for his main presentation, and then, in the advocacy workshop to follow, to just a small group of our students who were privileged to work with Roy on the art of cross examination. In December 2014, we were privileged to again host Roy, this time as our featured CLE@FIU presenter on cross examination.

Link to his web profile:  http://www.royblack.com/attorneys/roy-black/

“I was honored to participate in the FIU Trial Advocacy Program as their second Great Legal Storyteller. And based both on my experience and watching from afar how FIU continues to progress, I am proud to say that this Trial Advocacy Program is preparing future generations of trial lawyers — of great legal storytellers — like none other. Its students, with whom I was privileged to work, are earnest, driven, and highly capable, and their intention to do justice is matched only by the spirit and quality of the faculty and the program’s proven curriculum of advocacy coursework and trial team competition success. I believe, without question, that the trial lawyer is liberty’s true, and often last, champion. And so I take great personal pride in the work being done by FIU to maintain this tradition – the tradition of the trial lawyer – as I celebrate the FIU Trial Advocacy Program for continuing to prepare its Trial Lawyers-in-Residence to enter our profession as passionate, principled, practice-ready warriors of the courtroom.”

Tom Mesereau


Famed trial attorney and Michael Jackson defender Tom Mesereau was our second Great Legal Storyteller in February 2013. Tom spent two days with us – the first, on campus with our students, including a private workshop in our small courtroom on cross examination. The following day, Tom graciously agreed to give another presentation, this one to a packed ceremonial courtroom at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building to our local bench and bar.

Link to his web profile:  http://mesereaulaw.com/tom-mesereau-bio-and-victories.html

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