James Seckinger

Professor of Law

Office: 3102 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.4844
Fax: 574.631.4197
Email: seckinger.1@nd.edu
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Jim Seckinger is recognized nationally and internationally as a top trial advocacy professor and practitioner. He has served on the faculty of Notre Dame Law School for 40 years, and was the Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy [NITA] for 15 years and a faculty member for 40+ years. Professor Seckinger has visited at Cornell Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Jim Seckinger is widely published and has received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching trial advocacy, deposition skills, and evidence.

Jim Seckinger is the recipient of the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education’s prestigious Francis Rawle Award.

Jim Seckinger organized and taught trial advocacy skills to Prosecutors for the International War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda in 1996 at the very outset of the Rwanda War Crimes investigations. Professor Seckinger provided similar training for the Prosecutors for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2004.

Professor Seckinger has taught lawyers common law trial advocacy skills in Australia, El Salvador, London, New Zealand, Panama, Scotland, Singapore, several Provinces in Canada, and throughout the United States.

Jim Seckinger is a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Faculty for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy [FIAA] headquartered in Geneva Switzerland. See FIAA.com. Professor Seckinger is Education Director for FIAA, which has conducted Arbitration Advocacy Programs in Geneva, London, Mumbai, Paris, Sao Paolo, and Singapore.

Recently Jim Seckinger received a Lifetime Achievement Award, where the presenter noted:

That's what Jim [Seckinger] does. He finds people; he lifts them up and then lets them go. It's a ministry for Jim, a mission, to leave things, people, better than when they came. It was a stupidly easy choice to award this lifetime achievement award to Jim Seckinger — a mentor, a friend, a fundamentalist, and the foundation for advocacy training, not only in the U.S., but around the world. And he shares. It's the greatest gift professionally anyone could ever give.

Courses Taught

LAW75715, Deposition Skills
LAW75710, Intensive Trial Advocacy

Scholarship

Books

Problems in Trial Advocacy, Notre Dame Law School Edition (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2d ed. 1996).

Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy, Law School Edition, 2 vols., with K.S. Broun (NITA 1977; 2d ed. 1981; 3d ed. 1987; 4th ed. 1990; 4th ed. revised 1993; 5th ed. 1995).

Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy, CLE Edition, vol. 1 (problems), vol. 2 (cases), with A.J. Bocchino and D.H. Beskind (NITA, 5th ed. revised 1992, 6th ed. 1995).

Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy, New Zealand Edition, et al. (New Zealand Law Society 1986).

Materials for Trial Advocacy: Problems and Case Files Adapted for Canadian Use, English/French Bilingual Edition, with K.S. Broun and G.D. Watson (Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and Ecole de Droit de L’Universite de Moncton 1983, 1989, 1993, 1997).

Teachers'€™ Manual for Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy, Law School Edition, with K.S. Broun (NITA 1977; 2d ed. 1981; 3d ed. 1987; 4th ed. 1990; 4th ed. revised 1993).

Teachers Manual for Problems and Cases in Trial Advocacy, New Zealand Edition, with others (New Zealand Law Society 1986).


Articles

Professor Seckinger has published numerous articles on the subject of trial advocacy and trial techniques, including:

Closing Argument, 19 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 51 (1995).


Other Items

Presenting Expert Testimony -€” An American Perspective (Australian Legal Convention 1991).

The NITA Method and Effective Teaching Techniques (two videotapes) (NITA 1991).

Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Depositions & Discovery
  • Examination & Witnesses
  • Expert Testimony
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Pre-trial Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • War Crimes Tribunals

In the News

Law professor a founding director of international arbitration organization – ND Newswire – October 22, 2007
Teaching order’ in the court – ND Newswire – May 01, 2005