On Saturday 6 April 2019, the ICCA hosted an Advocacy Trainers’ Symposium welcoming advocacy trainers of all levels to share visions about the development of advocacy training, contribute to open discussion around common problems encountered during training and to assist in determining how to further develop the programme of training available.
The event was kick-started with keynote speeches from Timothy Dutton CBE QC and Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace who spoke about the challenges facing both advocates and advocacy trainers in the 21st century. A copy of Timothy’s speech can be accessed by clicking here.
We were also pleased to welcome Professor Cheryl Thomas and Martin Griffiths QC who demonstrated the pilot Ethics course being rolled out at Inner Temple in their keynote: New View of Teaching Ethics. The training utilises new software which allows those in attendance to provide an immediate reaction to the ethical scenarios being proposed.
In addition, we held breakout sessions facilitating discussion on the subjects of:
- Case Analysis
- Advanced Advocacy Training
- Peer Review
- Submissions Advocacy
- Skeleton Arguments
- International Training
- Facilitating Advocacy Training
- Preparing Exercises
- Direct/Video Review
- Technology in Teaching
Our experienced panel members led discussions with participants on what challenges face those running advocacy training and how best these challenges could be overcome. A number of key action points have arisen from the sessions and the Symposium Working Group will be producing a report on the proposals in due course.
The ICCA would like to express its sincere thanks to:
- Our keynote speakers, session panellists and Working Group for their hard work in bringing the Symposium together
- Everyone who attended and contributed to the discussions, particularly those who travelled from further afield
- The Inns and Circuits for supporting the Symposium, and in particular Lincoln’s Inn for providing the venue
- The Australian Advocacy Institute for facilitating the attendance of Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace.