Blakely Advocacy Institute

International Advisory Council
on Advocacy


The purpose of the International Advisory Council on Advocacy is to provide program development guidance to the BAI.  The Council functions as a “finger on the pulse” monitor of developments in the local, national, and international legal landscape – including insights on not only what advocacy skills lawyers need now but what skills they will need in the future.  The information provided by the Council is a critical piece of the BAI’s mission of improving the efficacy of the legal profession and justice system and teaching the art of advocacy.




The Council Members

Jeff Abrams
Law Office of Jeff Abrams
Houston, TX
Katherine González Arrocha
Arbitration & ADR, Latin America
ICC Dispute Resolution Services
Panamá, República de Panamá
John Baker
President & CEO
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Boulder, CO
Sheila Block
Torys, LLP
Toronto, Ontario
Lorraine Brennan
Managing Director
JAMS International
London, UK
Hon. Cathy Cochran
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Austin, TX
Hon. Frank Evans
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
Houston, TX
Tommy Fibich
Founding Partner Fibich, Hampton, & Leebron, LLP
Houston, TX
Donn Fullenweider
Fullenweider Wilhite, LLP
Houston, TX

Kathleen Gallagher
Beck, Redden & Secrest, LLP
Houston, TX
Hon. Eva Guzman
The Supreme Court of Texas
Austin, TX
Hon. Belinda Hill
230th District Court
Houston, TX
Jeremy Lack
Partner, Attorney-Mediator
Geneva, Switzerland
Alan Limbury
Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator
Strategic Resolution
New South Wales, Australia
Terence MacCarthy
Former Executive Director
Federal Defender Program
Chicago, IL
Jim Perdue, Jr.
Perdue, Kidd & Vickery, LLP
Houston, TX
Jim Perdue, Sr.
Of Counsel
Perdue, Kidd & Vickery, LLP
Houston, TX
Don Riddle
The Riddle Law Firm
Houston, TX
Randy Roach
Founding Partner
Roach & Newton, LLP
Houston, TX
Jim Seckinger
Professor of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame, IN
John Shely
Andrews Kurth LLP
Houston, TX
Steve Susman
Founding Partner
Susman & Godfrey, LLP
Houston, TX
Alvin Zimmerman
Chairman of the Board
Zimmerman, Axelrod, Meyer, Stern & Wise
Houston, TX