Two Day Live
Virtual Training
JANUARY 28-29, 2021


Join us for a unique and new 2 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, refreshing a witness’s recollection during direct-examination, optimizing advocacy for online hearings and trials, working with expert witnesses, and ethics.

The two day training includes keynotes from acclaimed litigators, including civil trial lawyers, prosecutors, trial advocacy professors, and judges, who will share their insight into being a successful female trial lawyer.

Registration is CLOSED for the For Women By Women Virtual Trial Advocacy Training.  Email if you want to sign up for future events or programs.
✔️  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?


7:00pm EST – 9:00pm EST: Opening Cocktail Reception

Opening Keynote Speaker
Trial By Woman: Leadership & Self-Confidence In & Out of the Courtroom



360 Minutes of General CLE (CLE Courses in BOLD)

10:30am EST – 11:30am EST: Morning Keynote Speaker
Fighting to Be Fearless: Using Your Strengths to Own the Courtroom


11:30am EST – 12:30pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Lecture Session
Become an Evidence Boss: Evidence Rules to Master as a Litigator

12:30pm EST – 1:30pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Workshop Breakout Sessions
Refining Your Practical Skills: Making & Responding to Common Objections

1:45pm EST – 2:45pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Keynote Speaker Over Lunch
Mindset and Communication: Eliminating Gendered Communication in the Practice of Law

2:45pm EST – 3:00pm EST (15 Minutes): Break, Social Networking


3:00pm EST – 4:00pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Lecture Sessions 
Best Practices for Admitting Exhibits at Trial: Virtually and In-Person

4:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Workshop Breakout Sessions
Refining Your Practical Skills: Introducing and Using Exhibits on Direct Examination

5:00pm EST – 5:15pm EST (15 Minutes): Break, Social Networking


5:15pm EST – 6:15pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Lecture Session
Mastering First Impressions: Giving a Captivating Opening Statement

6:15pm EST – 6:30pm EST (15 Minutes): Wrap-Up

6:30pm EST – 7:30pm EST: VIP Coaching Session: How to Level-Up as a Leader and Generate Business

7:30pm EST – 8:30pm EST: VIP Coaching Session: Transformational Coach – Career Clarity: Making Your Career Work for You


240 Minutes of CLE (Participants Select from General or Ethics Hours, 120 Minutes of Ethics CLE Available, 240 Minutes of General CLE Available)

10:30am EST – Optional Morning Activity: Empowerment Through Spoken Word Poetry

11:00am EST – 11:15am EST: Introductory Remarks for Day 2

11:15am EST – 12:15pm EST (60 General Minutes): Workshop Breakout Sessions
Refining Your Practical Skills: Giving Opening Statements

12:15pm EST – 12:30pm (15 Minutes): Break, Social Networking


12:30pm EST – 1:30pm EST (60 Minutes CLE): Lecture Sessions (Select One of Two Options)

Option 1: Making Complex Storytelling Simple: Direct Examination of Experts
(60 Minutes General CLE)

Option 2: The Ethics of Optimizing Online Advocacy (60 Minutes Ethics CLE)

1:30pm EST – 1:45pm (15 Minutes): Break, Social Networking

1:45pm EST – 2:45pm EST (60 Minutes): Keynote Speaker Over Lunch
The Struggle is Real: Owning Your Value While Practicing as a Female Lawyer

2:45pm EST – 3:00pm (15 Minutes): Break, Social Networking

3:00pm EST – 4:00pm EST (60 Minutes CLE): Lecture Sessions (Select One of Two Options)

Option 1: Strategizing an Ethical Cross Examination (60 Minutes Ethics CLE)

Option 2: Owning Cross Examination: Impeachment and Adverse Witness Discipline
(60 Minutes General CLE)

4:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST (60 Minutes General CLE): Workshop Breakout Sessions
Refining Your Practical Skills: Cross Examination and Impeachment 

5:00pm EST – 5:15pm EST: Program Closing Remarks

5:30pm EST – 6:30pm EST: VIP Coaching Session: Elevate Your Personal Style & Branding to Elevate Your Career

6:30pm EST – 7:30pm EST: Strengths Coach, Own Your Career & the Courtroom: Generating Confidence Using CliftonStrengths



Trial Attorney and Author of “Trial By Woman”

Courtney Rowley is the owner of The Rowley Law Firm. She is is passionate about personal injury law. Courtney focuses her practice on serving people who have suffered permanent or serious injuries. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience representing victims of serious injuries, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and medical malpractice. Courtney has obtained numerous seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients. Courtney is the author of Trial By Woman, as well as the founder of Trial By Woman, a community of lawyers, women, mothers, and students working together to support and elevate one another in business and life. She regularly teaches seminars and puts on workshops across the country with Trial By Woman. Courtney lectures nationally, speaking to other lawyers about trial work and finding human connection in trial.

Associate, Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden is widely-regarded as one of the Nation’s leading litigators in the field of sexual abuse. She has proven herself to be fearless when fighting for survivors against high profile offenders and large institutions. Christened by the New York Times as “The Prosecutor Who Stared Down Bill Cosby,” Kristen is internationally recognized as a leading litigator in the #MeToo Movement. Nationally acclaimed as a fierce litigator, Kristen has represented numerous sexual abuse survivors in their pursuit of civil justice and received a multitude of awards for her tireless work with the most vulnerable survivors, many of whom were in their darkest moments when they sought her out.

Circuit Court Judge, Ingham County, Michigan

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University in 1979. She began her legal career working in the Michigan Senate as an Administrative Assistant after which, she opened Aquilina Law Firm, PLC. Judge Aquilina became part of Michigan’s history as the first female JAG Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard retiring honorably after twenty years. Judge Aquilina also made history when she allowed 156 Sister-Survivors and other victims for a total of 169 victims to speak over seven days in the People v Nassar case. She again made history as the first female professor to speak at the MSU College of Law Commencement in the Spring of 2018 and in 2020 hearing the first hybrid jury trial during Covid-19. Judge Aquilina has served as a civilian judge for sixteen years. During her first four years, she served as Chief Judge and Sobriety Court Judge in the 55th District Court, and she founded the Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation to assist those in recovery. Judge Aquilina was then elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County, where she has served for twelve years, recently being elected to another 6-year term. Additionally, Judge Aquilina is a published fiction author.  Her novels include Feel No Evil, Triple Cross Killer, and  All Rise. Her memoir, Just Watch Me, will be released December 10, 2020 by Audible as part of the First Originals from Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine. 



A Regular Ticket includes live access to all virtual trainings, workshop breakout sessions,
keynote speeches, virtual networking events, and CLE credits.



A VIP Ticket includes all items in the Regular Ticket, plus:

• Recordings of all virtual trainings and keynote speeches,

• One TACT Level-Up Module (value $500),

• One exclusive discount code to TrialPro.Law (to obtain 8 additional general CLE credits, valued at $200

• Group coaching sessions with a VIP expert on topics including leadership, career transition, branding and marketing, building a book of business, image and authenticity, and taking control of your professional growth (value over $1,000)

Limited scholarship rates are available.
Contact to inquire.

Choose Your Ticket Type Here:

Public interest, solo practitioner, and group discounts available. Email for more information.


Elizabeth Lippy

Elizabeth Lippy is the Founder and Director of TACT. In addition to her position at TACT, Ms. Lippy serves as the Director of Trial Advocacy for Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and maintains a private practice as a founding member of the law firm of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.  For almost a decade, Ms. Lippy received the Super Lawyer designation in Pennsylvania and most recently named one of Pennsylvania’s 10 best female attorneys by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. She formerly served as Associate Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lippy currently teaches an array of different courses at Temple and oversees the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program.

Elizabeth ("Liz") Boals

Professor Liz Boals is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at Stetson University School of Law.  Prior to her appointment at Stetson Law in July 2020, Professor Boals taught at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) for fifteen years.  At AUWCL, she served in various administrative positions including as the Assistant Dean of Part-time and Online Education, Director of the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute, and Associate Director of the Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program.  Her areas of teaching and publication include: Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Expert Testimony. Professor Boals is a recipient of multiple teaching awards and lectures frequently both domestically and abroad on topics related to expert witness testimony, eye-witness identification, and trial skills.  Before transitioning to a full-time teaching position, Professor Boals practiced employment and labor law at the U.S. Department of Commerce and was a partner at Lay, Ippolito & Dillard, PLLC.

Marian Braccia

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

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.

Valonne Ehrhardt

Captain Valonne Ehrhardt is a Judge Advocate with the United States Marine Corps. During her time in the Marine Corps, she has served as a trial defense attorney, appellate defense attorney, national security litigation advisor, and operational law attorney. She was selected as the 2017 Defense Counsel of the Year for the National Capital Region, while serving as first-chair on several felony criminal trials. She served as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, teaching Law for the Junior Officer. Captain Ehrhardt also serves as a mock trial coach for American University Washington College of Law.                                                                                                                                              ***The depiction of Captain Ehrhardt in uniform, and her participation in this forum, does not imply or constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Navy (DON) or United States Marine Corps (USMC). Additionally, Captain Ehrhardt’ s participation in this forum is in her own personal capacity. Any views expressed by Captain Ehrhardt in this forum are those of Captain Ehrhardt and are not attributable to those aforementioned government entities.***




Sara Jacobson


Sara Jacobson is the Executive Director of Training for the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania.  She was formerly the Director of Trial Advocacy 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. 


Brittany Keil


Ms. Keil received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2002 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in 2005.  In May 2006, Ms. Keil started as a line attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Criminal Section of the Public Safety Division. In 2007, she moved to the Juvenile Section, where she prosecuted juveniles in D.C. for all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including violent crimes such as robberies, carjacking and homicides. In May 2012, she became the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Section, where she supervised attorneys and staff, as well as advising on policy and procedural decisions.  In December 2015, she joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  Ms. Keil spent most of her time  as a line attorney in the Major Crimes section, prosecuting violent felonies.  She currently serves as Deputy Chief in the Major Crimes Section of the Superior Court Division.   Ms. Keil coached mock trial for Georgetown Law from Fall 2006 until 2011, when she joined the Trial Advocacy Program at American University’s Washington College of Law.  Since her move to WCL she has coached mock trial competition teams, as well as co-teaching Criminal Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy- Challenges and Obligations of a Prosecutor.

Erika McArdle

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.


Judge Mia R. Perez


Born and raised in Philadelphia and a proud product of the city’s public school system, Judge Perez attended Julia R. Masterman High School before matriculating to Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Spurred by an early interest in law and social justice, and eager to return home, Judge Perez enrolled at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. Immediately upon graduating, Judge Perez accepted a position at the Defender Association of Philadelphia where she honed her skills as a trial attorney dedicating thousands of hours to her cases, culminating with the representation of indigent defendants in the Court of Common Pleas, Major Trial Division.


Ready for a different challenge, Judge Perez was then tapped to serve as an associate at Friedman Schuman Applebaum, PC where she represented municipalities in counties throughout the region and members of Laborers Union Local 135. 


In 2011, Judge Perez established her own practice, Perez Law LLC, specializing in criminal defense and family law. The practice argued cases in federal court, in addition to counties throughout Pennsylvania, while maintaining an office in Philadelphia. Judge Perez has handle various types of major felony cases including sex trafficking and capital homicides. 


In 2016, Judge Perez became one of the youngest judges to serve on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas bench. She currently sits in the Criminal Division and has presided over an average of 282 non-homicide felony waiver and jury trials in the past calendar year. 


Judge Perez has also served since 2011 as an adjunct professor at the James E. Beasley School of Law (Temple University) teaching second year law students. Judge Perez is co-chair of the First Judicial District’s Education Committee and also serves on the First Judicial District Jury Committee and Judicial Ambassadors Program. Judge Perez is also a member of the executive board of the Clifford Scott Green Chapter of Judicial Council.


Susan Poehls

Professor Susan Poehls serves as the Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and the head coach for Loyola’s Byrne Trial Advocacy Team.  She also serves as the Tournament Director for Loyola’s National Civil Trial Competition and is the Director of the Poehls / Hobbs District Attorney Practicum. During her time overseeing Loyola’s Trial Advocacy Program, the school has achieved tremendous success in both regional and national trial competitions, leading Loyola to be named one the top ten Trial advocacy programs in the nation in U.S. News & World Report, for 13 out of the last 15 years.  Professor Poehls was also the recipient of Stetson Law School’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

Kaelyn Romey


In 2017, Professor Romey joined academia as the Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University School of Law. Prior to her Director role, she was Senior Counsel for 11 years at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel specializing in federal tax controversy litigation handling high-dollar complex cases. Ms. Romey also counseled special enforcement agents regarding cross-border, foreign reporting penalties, off-shore compliance issues, and abusive transaction case development. She successfully settled hundreds of cases and litigated over 23 cases as lead trial counsel before the United States Tax Court. Prior to her career with the federal government, she worked in private practice in civil litigation. 

Ms. Romey conducted nationwide trainings for IRS, Chief Counsel, and for NITA in effective cross examination, deposition, and trial skills. Throughout her academic and professional careers, she actively led committees and volunteer efforts in both state and local bar associations including an executive committee leadership role with the California State Bar Taxation Section. She was the Speaker Chair for the Taxation Section Annual Meeting, chaired the 2016 DC Delegation, chaired the San Francisco Barristers Bar Association Taxation Committee, and served on the BASF executive board.


Laura Rose


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

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). 

Megan Whiteside


Megan Whiteside is Of Counsel at Shiffman & Shiffman, P.C. in Washington, DC and a Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law. Professor Whiteside’s practice focuses on representing injured people in litigation, from pre-suit negotiations through trial. Prior to joining Shiffman & Shiffman, Professor Whiteside served as a law clerk at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland and as an associate for a medical malpractice defense firm. She uses that prior experience and perspective to advise and zealously represent injured people. Professor Whiteside teaches Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony and coaches mock trial competition teams.

Sara Williams


Sara Williams is the Managing Attorney of Shunnarah Injury Lawyers, PC. She has litigated a variety of cases across the State of Alabama, including premises liability, motor vehicle negligence, wrongful death and trucking cases. Sara began her legal career as a civil defense attorney and has worked for some of the preeminent litigation firms of the State. She is now excited to have the opportunity to utilize her litigation skills to help those who have been injured and their families. Sara is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Cumberland School of Law and also serves as a coach for Cumberland School of Law’s nationally ranked mock trial teams.

“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 the For Women By Women Trial Advocacy 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?

The For Women By Women Virtual Training has already been approved in Florida for 13 general credits and 2.5 ethics credits.  CLE accreditation is pending for California and Virginia.  Most jurisdictions provide CLE upon application.  TACT will help you through that process.  If you need CLE credit in another state, please email

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?

You will receive two abbreviated case files as part of your registration. In the breakout workshop sessions, you can use the information in these case files to practice your trial skills, or you can practice with material from your own cases. You will have opportunities to present an opening statement and portions of direct and cross examinations in your workshop breakout sessions. We have TACT trainers who will give you feedback on your presentations in real-time.

How will this training be conducted in our virtual world?

TACT quickly adapted to the realities of the virtual world once the Covid-19 pandemic began.  Using the Zoom platform, TACT will provide a landing page that houses all training materials, information, and Zoom links.  TACT ensures any virtual conference is user friendly and easy to navigate.