Trial Advocacy Program

The annual WSBA Trial Advocacy Program (TAP) takes place in the fall and offers a two-day trial-skills training from seasoned trial lawyers and a one-day mock trial three weeks later. This seminar is designed for attorneys working in the criminal or civil arena with little to no trial experience but a strong desire to become effective trial lawyers. Past participants commented that the seminar was "completely engaging and thought-provoking" and "entertaining, real-world skill development that every new lawyer should attend."

Save the dates:

Registration to attend TAP in fall of 2017 will open in September. 

Past TAP seminar topics include:

  • Trial Ethics 
  • Trial Notebook and Organization 
  • Objections and Motions in Limine 
  • Voir Dire
  • Opening and Closing Statements 
  • Direct and Cross Examination 

Volunteers make TAP possible!

The TAP seminar and mock trial are developed with the assistance of a steering committee made up of new and young lawyers. The TAP steering community assists in recruiting other volunteers and marketing TAP to the new and young lawyer communities. 

The trials are conducted by new lawyers and presided over by current court judges. Volunteer witnesses and jurors create a more realistic trial experience. Being a volunteer juror gives you the chance to view a trial as juror and support a new lawyers' real-world skill development as they argue either a mock criminal or civil case. Juror participation is important to the success of TAP and greatly appreciated. Interested in volunteering as a witness or juror? Email

Questions? To learn more about the Trial Advocacy Program, email

WSBA New Lawyer Education Scholarship for TAP

Apply for a scholarship to attend the Trial Advocacy Program. 

Applications due by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. 

To apply, download this application and send the completed form to