Temple's James E. Beasley School of Law inaugurated the Herbert F. Kolsby Distinguished Lectureship in Trial Advocacy in the 2001 fall semester. The Lectureship enables Temple to present an annual address by a prominent trial lawyer, judge, or professor who has been recognized for achievements in and contributions to the field of trial advocacy. The lectureship has led to symposia and advocacy presentations and has commanded national attention within trial lawyer circles-transactional, corporate, personal injury, and criminal. The Lectureship has its own Board of Advisors which provides support and counsel in awarding the lectureship and planning the accompanying events.
Herbert Kolsby, '51, has figured prominently in Temple's achievements. As a major guiding force in the establishment of the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program, Herb served as Director in its inaugural year and joined the law faculty in 1993 as Professor of Law. While full-time at Temple, Herb also taught Advanced Trial Advocacy in the J.D. program. He has taught regularly in the Academy of Advocacy, and will be teaching an Advanced Trial Advocacy course in Speechmaking in the fall of 2010. He continues as a member of the LL.M. faculty and has been awarded the title of Director Emeritus. A winner of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer's Association's Justice Michael T. Musmanno Award, Herb has been elected to membership in the of Trial Lawyers, the of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
On the graduate level, Temple offers the only Masters in Trial Advocacy Program. This unique LL.M. program provides practitioners the opportunity to study and practice trial law under the tutelage and guidance of highly regarded and experienced trial lawyers and professors. Temple also offers the Academy of Advocacy, a one-week long intensive trial practice course designed for lawyers with more than five years experience.
The Kolsby Lectureship has given Temple's trial advocacy program an additional teaching tool and promoted the craft of trial advocacy to the academic and legal community on a national scale.
The Kolsby Lectureship recognizes the remarkable career and contributions of one of 's most beloved sons. Herb Kolsby epitomizes the grittiness and polish of a advocate. Past Kolsby Lecturers have included: Barry C. Scheck, Herbert J. Stern, Mary Jo White, David Boies, Brian Stevenson, David Kendall, Morris Dees, Michael Tigar, and Robert J. Mongeluzzi.
Watch the 2011 Kolsby lecture by Robert J. Mongeluzzi