The Herbert F. Kolsby Distinguished Lectureship in Trial Advocacy, first presented in 2001, brings symposia and advocacy presentations to promote the discipline of trial advocacy within the national academic and legal community. Our distinguished lecturers are selected from among prominent trial lawyers, judges or professors who have been recognized for contributions to the field of trial advocacy.

The lectureship formally recognizes and honors Herb Kolsby, a 1951 Temple Law graduate, for his accomplishments and remarkable career, as well as for his contributions to the Masters in Trial Advocacy program at Temple.

Herb Kolsby has figured prominently in the achievements and recognition of the Trial  Advocacy program at Temple’s James E. Beasley School of Law. He was a guiding force in the establishment of the Masters in Trial Advocacy Program and served as its first Director. While at Temple, he also taught Advanced Trial Advocacy in the J.D. program and served on the faculty in the Academy of Advocacy.

He now holds the title of Director Emeritus of the LL.M. program and serves on its faculty. Professor Kolsby was the inaugural speaker in this lecture series.

Past Kolsby Lectures

2015/2016 – Thomas Duffy

2013/2014 – Chilton Davis Varner, “Reflections on Atticus Finch and Scout: Lessons Learned in the Law”

2011/2012 – Robert Mongeluzzi

2010 – Michael E. Tigar, “Why You Should Be An Advocate”

2009 – Barry C. Scheck

2008 – Herbert J. Stern, “A Peek Through the Blindfold and a Thumb on the Scale”

2007 – Mary Jo White, “Trying Terrorism Cases in the Civilian Criminal Courts: Does It Make Sense?”

2006 – David Boies

2005 – Bryan A. Stevenson, a lecture on his work on behalf of condemned prisioners

2004 – David E. Kendall, “Life in the Courts: What I Didn’t Learn in Law School”

2003 – Morris Dees, “With Justice for All”

2001/2002 – Herbert F. Kolsby, “Friendly Persuasion”