On Friday, September 22nd, Professor Catherine Stahl, Director of the College’s Trial Advocacy Program, invited Martin Martos, her former colleague at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to address second- and third-year students in her Trial Advocacy course on the basics of expert witnesses. Mr. Martos provided a clear roadmap to the students on how to work with experts to develop compelling trial testimony.
Following Mr. Martos’s lecture, Professor Stahl and Mr. Martos conducted a simulated direct and cross-examination of a medical expert for the class. Professor Warren Lavey served as trial judge for the exercise.
"This session was a great introduction to the subject matter of expert witness testimony," said Professor Stahl. "The students learned some valuable tips on how to proceed at trial when dealing with experts. Having outstanding lawyers on campus like Mr. Martos allows us to expose our students to different viewpoints and styles of practice."
The Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law builds a bridge between the College and the real challenges students encounter when they begin their new professional roles after graduation. Alumni are encouraged to come back to campus and share their practical advice and experiences as an Illinois lawyer. The program also needs volunteer coaches to support Trial Team members with group practices and one-on-one training during which students fine-tune their skills. Learn more about the Trial Advocacy Program on our website, or reach out directly to Professor Catherine Stahl for additional information.