Litigation Skills Program Awards

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Each semester students who who distinguish themselves in Litigation Skills I are recognized by the legal community for their hard work and talent. These students qualify to receive prestigious awards and scholarships generously donated to the law school.

Thomas Ewald Memorial Award

This award is given each semester to the student in Litigation Skills I who best exemplifies the devotion to high standards and ethical conduct followed by Tom Ewald.

John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the US State Department's Miami Strike Force, and founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor and Evans. It is awarded each semester to a second or third year student who has expressed an interest in trial practice.

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship

Established in 1995 by one of Miami's leading law firms, this scholarship is awarded each semester to a minority law student who has completed Litigation Skills I with an expressed interest in trial advocacy.

Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1996 in memory of Marco A. Vazquez, a 1993 graduate of the school of law, the Marco A. Vazquez Scholarship is awarded each semester to an academically qualified second or third year law student who has completed the Litigation Skills Program and who has demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Cuban/American students.

Honorable Theodore Klein Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2006 in memory of Theodore Klein, an outstanding Lawyer, Law Professor, U.S. Magistrate and a Leader among his peers, this scholarship is awarded each semester to a second or third year law student who has demonstrated financial need, ability and excellence in oral and written advocacy and a commitment to public service.

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Award

A cash award of $1,000 is given each spring to the top third year minority law student who has shown excellence in becoming a civil trial lawyer.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) Award

This $250 cash award is given each spring semester to the top second year law student(s) who show great promise in the practice of Criminal Litigation. The number of recipients and the amount of the award vary from year to year.


Laurence RoseProfessor Laurence Rose has more than 30 years' experience training lawyers and directs our acclaimed Litigation Skills Program.


Students who take lit skills:

  • Write trial briefs
  • Prep for trial
  • Prepare witnesses
  • Gain invaluable courtroom experience

and have had these externship placements:

  • Patent and Trade Office
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • State Attorney's Office
  • IRS
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Legal Aid
  • Department of Justice
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Public Defender's Office


Ashton Freeman"So many law students have raw talent. That's how they got into law school. The continuous practicing and feedback you get from the Litigation Skills Program is absolutely necessary to polish raw talent."

Ashton Freeman, J.D. '10 2010 Recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates Award

Guy Lewis"The Litigation Skills program is a wonderful mix of practical, real life courtroom experience with the trial and error of a laboratory. Students are on their feet on day one, conducting opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations. Whether you are going to be a courtroom litigator or not, the skills gained in the class routinely produce some of the most talented legal minds the law school has to offer. That's why we routinely hire from the Litigation Skills program."

Guy Lewis, Esq., Lewis Tein PL