Professor Anthony J. Bocchino is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, after which he was a Bradway Fellow at the Duke University School of Law. He served as a full time faculty member at both University of Connecticut and Duke University Law Schools before joining the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty in 1979. At the Beasley School of Law, for the period 1979 – 1989 he was Director of Temple’s Trial Advocacy and Clinical Programs. He has designed the program, written materials and taught in the law school’s Integrated Trial Advocacy Program, which has been twice awarded the Gumpert Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers, in addition to receiving the Gambrell Award for Teaching Professionalism from the American Bar Association. In 1997, he was named by Temple University as the Jack E. Feinberg Professor of Litigation.

Professor Bocchino has been honored with multiple teaching awards. He received the Mordecai Society Award from Duke University Law School and was the first recipient of the George P. Williams II Memorial Award at the Beasley School of Law. In addition, he has received the Oliphant Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Richard S. Jacobson Award from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for excellence in teaching the art and science of trial advocacy.

In addition to his law school duties, Professor Bocchino has served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 1974. He also served as NITA’s Director for five years and is currently that organization’s Editor in Chief.

Professor Bocchino is the author of over 50 books and articles, predominantly in the fields of Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Civil Litigation and Professional Responsibility. Together with Professor Sonenshein, he has written books regarding the Federal Rules of Evidence and the rules of evidence for 14 different state jurisdictions. His trial advocacy materials are used in a majority of the law schools in America.

Professor Bocchino has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also one of four full-time academics elected a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law
B.A., Bucknell University

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Selected Publications

Publications and Media Appearances

Awards and Recognition

  • Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy (2003)
  • Robert Oliphant Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
  • NITA Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award (1999)
  • NITA Program Directors Distinguished Service Award (1998)
  • International Summit Award (1998) awarded for for Winning at Deposition, and interactive CD Rom. Chosen for one of three awards from over one thousand nominees in the Multimedia Category. This CD teaches the basics of taking and defending depositions, 1998.
All Awards and Recognition


  • American Law Institute, elected to membership, 1996.
  • International Society of Barristers, elected as academic fellow, 1995.
  • American Bar Foundation, elected as a fellow in recognition of professional attainment and distinguished service, 1995.