STTAT - Support Through Trial Advocacy Training

LWOB's signature training program is the STTAT program--Support Through Trial Advocacy Training. The STTAT Model is currently available in the following thematic areas:

STTAT-EL (Electoral Violence or Electoral Challenge)
STTAT-VAW (Violence Against Women)
STTAT-TIP (Trafficking in Persons)
STTAT-CRIM (Criminal Law)
STTAT-CORR (Corruption Law)

LWOB has adopted the  NITA, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy "learning by doing" methodology and works with partners to create case files that are based entirely on local  context. LWOB has added its own signature modules  to the NITA trial advocacy model which include the use of ARS (Audience Reponse Technology), substantive law modules and digitized avatars for teaching sessions on evidentiary and other country-specific special challenges. Our intense 5 and 8 day standard training programs are completely interactive has garnered universal praise.

To date the teaching model has been used in groups as small as 12-15 and as large as 75 at one time without diluting the level of interaction, participation and programming quality. The LWOB STTAT model can be combined with  TOT trainings (Train the Trainer), the ultimate goal of which  is to create a team of trainers from the target region and/or with  Judicial Symposiums PEER TO PEER Trainings-- Judge to Judge trainings.

Our training teams brought into the subject country consist of  between 15 to 30  lawyers, judges (and support staff) ensuring  that the training has the capacity to break out the entire training into small sessions of 10-12 trainees and one-on-one sessions with each trainee.  Team travel is preceeded by a small pre-arrival teams or individuals who perform assessments, observations and put training logistics into place. Often that same team or person remains in country post-training to continue with post-training courtroom observation and to interview trainees to elicit more detailed feedback that helps measure impact.

In addition to its collaborative relationship with NITA, LWOB has the generous pro bono assistance of trial lawyers at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi and Gibson Dunn who are working with LWOB to create  mock case files that are being tailored to focus on the different regional and legal  issues. Teams of lawyers at Shearman & Sterling LLP have been invovled with LWOB creating matrices of common denominators in several thematic areas, which provide the foundation for the localized mock case files and special challenges and evidentiary modules.  All of the firms, including Jones Day and White Case are involved in resarch that underlies the substantive law modules. McDermott Will & Emery lawyers have now authored what LWOB calls RRC's (Rapid Reference Cards) which are study and trial aids for in-country lawyers that summarize key aspects of procedural or substantive new laws. LWOB laminates the cards and distributes them throughout the year not only to support its own trainings, but other trial advocacy trainings that are conducted by entities active in the country.  The firms above also are invited to contribute (and underwrite the costs) of one or more of their qualified and NITA trained lawyers to join the LWOB training teams.   
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