APRIL 22 – 24, 2020
Washington, D.C.


E. Barrett Prettyman

United States Courthouse

Join us for a unique and new 3 day trial advocacy training conducted

entirely by female TACT trainers for female attorneys of all

backgrounds and skill levels.

This training, designed in a learning-by-doing format, promises to hone litigation skills in a safe environment targeted to female trial attorneys taught by expert female trial advocacy instructors.

Litigation skills and topics include evidence, objections, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, laying appropriate foundations for the admissibility of exhibits, impeaching witnesses during cross-examination, and refreshing a witness’s recollection during direct-examination.

The three day training includes Lunch and Learn topics specifically applicable to being a successful female trial lawyer. During the Lunch and Learns, we’ll discuss communication skills, dressing for success in the courtroom, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

✔️  Do you want to become a better trial attorney?

✔️ Do you wish you could receive training in a safe space and environment while receiving invaluable feedback from the right mouthpiece?

✔️ Do you wish you had more confidence in your own abilities and better sense of yourself in the courtroom?


Evidentiary Foundations & Objections

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM – Evidence Primer

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Breakout Session – Making & Responding to Objections

12:30 PM – 2:00 PMLunch and Learn – Hysterical: Gendered Communication and its Effect on Persuasive Advocacy

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Admitting and Using Exhibits

3:00 PM- 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM – Breakout Session – Introducing & Using Exhibits

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Large Group Conclusion


Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law                              Director of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
Practice Professor of Law

Professor Braccia is an accomplished litigator, having served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office from 2006 to 2018 under D.A.s Abraham, Williams, Hodge, and Krasner. In addition to serving as a trial attorney in Major Trials and the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, in 2012 Professor Braccia was appointed to a supervisory position in the District Attorney’s Charging Unit, and in 2014 launched Philadelphia’s Domestic Violence Diversion Program, assuming a caseload in excess of 200 dockets, monitoring participants’ treatment progress, and reporting on program statistics to the DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women. 

Direct Examination Skills & Drills

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Warm-up Exercises/Improv drills

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Beyond the Basics, Direct Examination 2.0

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Break

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Breakout Session – Direct Examinations

12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch and Learn – Dressing For Success

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Kicking it up a Notch – Incorporating Exhibits & Refreshing Recollection

1:45 PM- 2:00 PM – Break

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Breakout Session – Incorporating Exhibits & Refreshing Recollection

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Break

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM –  Introduction to Day 3 (Cross Examination) and Direct Examination Competition in Large Group

7:00 PM – Networking Event at Bar Deco & Trivia

Cross Examination Skills & Drills

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Warm-up Exercises/Improv drills

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Creating the Perfect Cross examination

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Disciplining the Difficult Witness

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Breakout Session – Cross examination

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch and Learn – The Struggle is Real – an open forum to discuss the realities of practicing as a lady lawyer

1:30 PM- 2:15 PM – Impeachment

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Break

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Breakout Session – Impeachment

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Closing session/Wrap-up



This includes your course materials, meals, and a networking event Thursday evening.

*discount is available for government attorneys. 
contact info@tactlawyer.com for eligible discounted rates.




Elizabeth Lippy is the Founder and Director of TACT. She has over 15 years of trial advocacy experience, both inside the courtroom and classroom. She is a nationally recognized trial attorney and one of the nation’s premier trial advocacy instructors. Director Lippy created TACT to help deliver trial advocacy training and needs to attorneys in unique and fun ways. Her talent, skill, and creative pedagogy ensure every TACT training is effective.








Professor Braccia is an accomplished litigator, having served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office from 2006 to 2018 under D.A.s Abraham, Williams, Hodge, and Krasner. In addition to serving as a trial attorney in Major Trials and the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, in 2012 Professor Braccia was appointed to a supervisory position in the District Attorney’s Charging Unit, and in 2014 launched Philadelphia’s Domestic Violence Diversion Program, assuming a caseload in excess of 200 dockets, monitoring participants’ treatment progress, and reporting on program statistics to the DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women. 




Megan F. Chaney is Professor of Law, Faculty Advisor to the award-winning Nova Southeastern University Law Trial Team Association, trial team and moot court coach at the Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad College of Law in South Florida.  she has also co-directed the Criminal Justice Field Placement Clinic.  Professor Chaney’s experience includes serving as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, co-directing criminal defense and juvenile justice clinics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Yale Law School, and serving as a professor and Director of Experiential Learning at a law school in Southern California.  She has extensive experiential and advocacy teaching training.  Professor Chaney has spoken at numerous academic conferences throughout the United States, including the AALS Clinical Conference, the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, and the Wells Adoption Conference.




Abbie Heller is the Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.  Professor Heller is accomplished as a trial advocate and as a coach and mentor to law students engaging in mock trial competitions.  Ms. Heller spent several years representing indigent criminally accused adults and juveniles as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. There, she tried major cases in jury and bench trials, representing defendants accused of attempted murder, aggravated assault, rape, robbery at gunpoint as well as less serious offenses. Outside the courtroom, her work involved research, writing and collaborating with expert witnesses in DNA and narcotics as well as with social workers to evaluate clients’ needs for mental health and substance abuse treatment.





Sara Jacobson is the Director of Trial Advocacy, a mock-trial coach, and an Associate Professor at Temple University Beasley School of law. In addition to her significant teaching experience, Jacobson is a successful attorney. She tried thousands of cases as a Philadelphia public defender and served as the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Unit at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She also earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple. Jacobson frequently speaks on issues related to juvenile justice and trains lawyers and judges across the country and internationally. 




Erika McArdle is an Assistant State Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in the State of Florida.  Prior to becoming a prosecutor, she was the Assistant Director of the Center of Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University College of Law.   As a student member of Stetson’s top-ranked national trial team, Wilson advocated in numerous state, regional, and national competitions. For her accomplishments at Stetson, she won The International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, which goes to the advocate who demonstrated overall ability in trial advocacy by achievements in Trial Practice, Evidence, and Pleading and Procedure courses. She also won the Victor O. Wehle Award, awarded each semester to the most outstanding advocate in each section of Trial Advocacy.



Laura Rose is the Assistant Professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of South Dakota and the coach of USD Law’s National Trial Team. A member of the Florida Bar, Professor Rose previously worked as the Advocacy Fellow at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law, where her responsibilities included the instruction and coaching of members of UMKC’s National Trial Team. Prior to that, she worked for the Florida Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor in Tampa, Florida, with the majority of her practice focused on the prosecution of White Collar Crimes. In addition to her “day job,” Professor Rose also coached for Stetson University College of Law’s Mock Trial Team. 



Gwen Stern is the Director of the Trial Advocacy Program and Professor of Law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.  Professor Stern developed the Trial Advocacy Program at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law by creating and teaching the Tethered Evidence, Pretrial Advocacy, Depositions, Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy courses.  Professor Stern’s expertise includes medical malpractice and product-liability law as well as promoting trial advocacy skills and community awareness of legal procedures.  Professor Stern is the co-author of NITA case file Avila v. NITA City Hospital, a complex medical malpractice case file and Powell v. SuperPulper, Inc., 2nd Edition, a complex wrongful death products liability case.  She is also the co-author of “Fishing Season is Over: After Barrick and Amended PA Civil Rule 4003.5, PA Reached the Right Decision Regarding Work Product Protection Between Attorneys and Experts”, Drexel Law Review (Spring 2015).  



Brittany Gail Thomas, “BGT,” is the Assistant Director of Student Competition Teams and Adjunct Professor at the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program at American University Washington College of Law. As a student, BGT received a number of awards including the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland’s Book Scholarship, J. Franklyn Bourne Scholarship, Peter M. Cicchino Public Service Award, and Mooers Trophy Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy. Prior to joining AUWCL, BGT was an outstanding trial attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, and Public Defender’s Office in Baltimore City. In her capacity as a public defender, she was active in community activism and diversity initiatives. BGT mentors, coaches and trains future advocates both in the classroom and courtroom. She authored a case file, Jordan v. Pratt, that was successfully tried during the prestigious Tournament of Champions in October 2019.






“I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and thank you again for the TACT Trial Training conference that you held in September. I recently had a trial two weeks ago and I used a lot of the information and skills I learned from your TACT trainers during my trial. I felt there was a noticeable difference in how I approached and handled the trial. You put on a great conference and I learned a lot, particularly on hearsay and handling difficult witnesses. Some of that I applied to my recent trial and it was successful. I felt the opposing counsel didn’t know what hit him!”

“You may not remember me specifically, but we spoke a bit after the conference. I was happy to learn you and the TACT team perform this consulting work around the country. I have recommended your group to other attorney friends because I felt it was a great learning experience and I will keep an eye out to see if you or any of your colleagues are teaching any future CLEs that I could attend.“


Why Trial Advocacy By Women For Women?

Director Lippy created this particular training after realizing at a previous course that the ratio of male to female instructors was woefully inadequate. It immediately became clear that many female participants received harsh and inappropriate feedback as compared to their male counterparts. As a result, TACT created this Trial Advocacy by Women for Women 3 day training. By creating a safe space and environment for all attendees and providing the appropriate mouthpiece for feedback and constructive criticism, female attendees will not only hone their litigation skills but the training will empower attendees in all facets of their career.

Will I get CLE credits?

TACT is in the process of applying for CLE accreditation and hopes to be able to offer CLE credits.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.

Why is a TACT training unique?

Let us count the ways… TACT specifically developed this training to create a unique, safe environment for lady lawyers to learn from the right mouthpiece – other lady lawyers.  This environment will foster and empower more growth in your trial skills because it encourages you to push yourself, go beyond your limits, and try new things without the risk or fear of being judged too harshly.  That being said, TACT trainers will criticize you!  Our job is to make you better!  Additionally, TACT trainers are not just outstanding trial lawyers, they are nationally recognized trial advocacy instructors.  At TACT, we understand the best trial lawyers do not always equate to the best trial advocacy trainers.  That’s why TACT’s business model requires any trainers to have significant trial advocacy instruction experience.

How much prep work will there be?

That’s the beauty about TACT.  We understand you are busy!  As women, we juggle all kinds of responsibilities – relationships, work, kids, sleep (as if!).  This training requires minimal prep work.  TACT doesn’t expect you to read an entire new case file, prepare an opening statement through closing argument, and come to day one ready to go!  That’s not necessary to hone your litigation skills.  Besides, TACT isn’t training you how to be a robot lawyer.  We’re training you to be the best you possible!

What does my tuition cover?

Obviously it covers the training.  But that’s not all!  TACT provides all meals at the federal courthouse during the training and will also sponsor a networking event at a nearby watering hole.  Since we are all lawyers and, by our very nature, competitive, the event will also include a friendly game of trivia with the winners to receive some fun swag!  Additionally, you don’t need to bring anything to the training.  We provide hard copies of all required materials.

Why Washington, D.C.?

Where else to start this amazing program than the nation’s capital?  If you haven’t been to the federal courthouse yet, it’s an amazing facility with views of the Capitol building.  Each courtroom is equipped with state of the art technology. 

What's the wardrobe?

Great question!  Especially since one of the lunch and learns will specifically address wardrobe.  First day of the training, TACT suggests business casual.  But on the second day, when our wardrobe specialist is presenting, TACT suggests you dress like you would in a jury trial.  Wardrobe is important.  It reflects who we are and how we want others to perceive us.  Take advantage of the advice from the wardrobe specialist about how you would dress for a jury trial and for success in general as a female lawyer.


Coming in from out-of-town? No problem.

Discounted hotel rates are available through Moxy,
a boutique hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.