On Friday, November 17th, Professor Catherine Stahl, Director of the College’s Trial Advocacy Program, invited Will Trevena, her former partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, to address the second- and third-year students in her Trial Advocacy course on the critical topic of taking and defending depositions. In addition to sharing the tips and techniques he has honed in his own practice, Mr. Trevena explained to the class that pretrial processes and procedures, including depositions, can be just as important as the trial itself. Professor Stahl seconded that sentiment. "In depth knowledge of pretrial processes is a critical skill for any practitioner. We are honored that Mr. Trevena shared his time and talents with us today to focus on a skill of paramount importance for beginning attorneys."
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 guest 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.