Center Directors

Barbara S. Barron

Professor of Skills, Director of the Trial Techniques Program, Director of Student Advocacy Programs and Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Board

Professor Barron is currently the director of Hofstra Law’s trial techniques program and the Law School’s director of student advocacy programs. In addition, she serves as co-director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Basic Skills Northeast Regional Program. She has taught in various trial and pre-trial deposition skills courses as part of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “in-house” private programs.

Most recently, she expanded her advocacy teaching to lawyers in other countries. Professor Barron has developed and conducted and/or taught trial advocacy skills programs for the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative in Turkey and in the Republic of Georgia, and for the government of Bosnia-Herzogovina in Bosnia. Most recently, she taught in Japan’s first trial advocacy skills programs for members of Japan’s criminal defense bar, as well as in Kosovo, where she taught in a trial advocacy program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lawrence W. Kessler

Richard J. Cardali Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy

Professor Kessler is a national expert in the field of trial advocacy training. He is the director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Master Advocates’ Program, the co-director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Northeast Regional Program, and a team leader and teacher in Advocacy Teacher Training and Trial Advocacy courses at law schools and agencies throughout the country. He has also designed advocacy programs for groups as diverse as the New York State Department of Health and the District Attorney’s Office of Queens County.