Director of Advocacy Programs Robert Little and Professor of Law Pat Wilson Elected to Leadership Roles in Newly Created National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators

July 29, 2020

Director of Advocacy Programs Robert Little and Professor of Law Pat Wilson Elected to Leadership Roles in Newly Created National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators


Baylor Law’s Director of Advocacy Programs, Robert Little, has been elected to serve as Treasurer on the Executive Board for the newly created National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators (NALAE). In addition, Professor of Law Patricia Wilson has been elected to serve as the Regional Representative for Region 10. Baylor Law is currently the only law school in the country to have two faculty members serving in leadership roles of this new national organization. NALAE members are trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and dispute resolution professors, coaches, and competition organizers at more than 100 law schools throughout the country.

Newly elected Regional Representative, Professor Wilson stated, “For many law students, their passion for advocacy is the motivation behind their decision to attend law school and participation on competition teams is the enduring highlight of their legal education. We have a duty to provide quality opportunities that give our students a chance to hone their trial, negotiation, and appellate advocacy skills and to match wits with law students from around the country while being judged by experienced legal professionals. I am honored to work with a group of individuals whose commitment to quality advocacy opportunities matches my own.”

“I have been honored to work alongside law school faculty from across the country in creating this organization and getting it off the ground, and it is wonderful to see that work pay off with these elections,” stated Robert Little after hearing the results of the nationwide election, and added, “Baylor Law has always maintained a commitment to advocacy, and being on the executive board of NALAE will allow me to bring that commitment to advocacy to a national level while working with great professors and lawyers from around the country that share that commitment, and it will allow all of us to improve advocacy education for generations of law students in the years to come.”

Robert Little, Patricia Wilson, and fellow Professor of Law Larry Bates are scheduled to participate in the upcoming Training Advocates Conference 2020: Our Virtual Reality (TAC), a conference designed share best practices for teaching competition students and hosting competitions virtually, hosted by Samford University Cumberland School of Law.

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