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Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution will help prepare you to become an outstanding advocate, whether your career takes you to the courtroom, the boardroom or beyond. U.S. News & World Report ranked our Trial Advocacy Program No. 10 among the leading programs in the nation in its 2018 Best Graduate Schools guide.  The reason for that ranking is due in large part to the success of our outstanding Mock Trial and Moot Court teams, which consistently win awards in national competitions. Read the fall 2016 Advocacy Center newsletter.

The Center has provided training programs around the globe, including in Chile, Italy, Cambodia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kosovo. In fact, we received a $2.1 million USAID grant to train Chinese law professors in experiential teaching.

Our Center's Mission

Our mission is to prepare you to excel as an advocate who can ethically and skillfully represent clients in an array of legal matters.

Our Faculty

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    Michael Vitiello
    Clerked for three years for Judge J. Sydney Hoffman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and is active in the campaign to reform California's Three Strikes Law and sentencing laws.
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    Cary Bricker
    Was director of the top-rated Trial Advocacy program at Temple University School of Law.
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    Thomas J. Leach
    A former trial lawyer who was chair of his firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Resources Group and litigated several multimillion-dollar cases settled through Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques.
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    Mary-Beth Moylan
    A former civil litigation associate with one of Sacramento's largest law firms.
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    Ed Telfeyan
    Has more than 20 years of experience as a litigation and transactional attorney.
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Our Publications

Our faculty have written books used by law schools across the nation.

Our Programs

Our faculty have written books used by law schools across the nation.

Our Educational Initiatives


Contact Cary Bricker, Lecturer in Law, Trial Advocacy
Email | 916.739.7236

Contact Thomas J. Leach , Director, Trial Advocacy & National Ethics Trial Competition
Email | 916.739.7002

Contact Mary-Beth Moylan, Director, Global Lawyering Skills
Email | 916.739.7223

Contact Ed Telfeyan, Moot Court Faculty Advisor
Email | 916.739.7340

Contact Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor
Email | 916.739.7323

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