RALEIGH, N.C. - Twelve Campbell Law students recently attended Baylor Law School’s Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews study abroad program, July 27 through August 10, in St. Andrews, Scotland. Director of Advocacy & Assistant Professor of Law Dan Tilly also served as a program faculty member for the second consecutive year.
The two-week program focuses on appellate and trial advocacy, including the comparison of techniques used by American and British lawyers. The Academy of the Advocate is organized into three schools --- the School of the Appeal, the School of the Trial, and the Advanced School of the Trial. Tilly served as a faculty member in both the School of the Trial and Advanced School of the Trial.
“Baylor Law’s Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews offers a rich, transformative experience for the students who attend,” said Tilly. “Classes are taught by some of the leading judges and attorneys in the field of trial and appellate law in centuries-old classrooms at St. Andrews University. I cannot speak highly enough of the unique opportunity this study abroad program offers to law students interested in pursuing trial or appellate advocacy."
Professor Tilly teaching students at the Academy of the Advocate at St. Andrews
Twelve students from Campbell Law participated in the program this year and were commended for their remarkable skill and professionalism. Notably, two Campbell Law students competed in the final, championship trial on opposite sides of the argument, with third-year Peyton Murray and her partner representing the plaintiff against second-year Travis Albea and his two partners representing the defense. Murray and her partner were ultimately named best advocates in the School of the Trial.
Five Campbell Law students participated in the Advanced School of the Trial, with third-year Kaitlin Rothecker being named top student overall among a talented group of advocates at the end of the program.
Tilly teaches courses in trial advocacy and evidence, focusing on courtroom lawyering and modern advocacy, at Campbell Law. In the spring of 2013 he was named Campbell Law Professor of the Year following a vote of the third-year class. Three Campbell Law advocacy program teams competed for national championships under his leadership during the 2013 spring semester, followed by another strong showing in 2014. Under Tilly’s leadership, the Campbell Law trial advocacy program has been invited to participate this year in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions as one of the top trial advocacy law schools in the country.
Prior to Campbell Law, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas. He also worked as an adjunct professor at Baylor School of Law, and was instrumental in developing and implementing its second-year trial advocacy program.
Tilly earned his degree in political science from the University of Texas and thereafter worked as senior staff in state government, including the Texas Supreme Court and Texas House of Representatives. He attended Baylor School of Law, graduating with honors. As a student Tilly served as a senior executive editor of the law review, competed as a national mock trial advocate, and published an article concerning the rights of adopted children.
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