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Jim  Lawrence


Jim Lawrence

Executive Director, Blakely Advocacy Institute, and Director, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center

Lawrence is the Director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He also directs the Law Center’s highly successful Moot Court Interscholastic Competition Program and Alternative Dispute Resolution Interscholastic Competition Program. Over the past four years, both programs have fielded intercollegiate teams that have won over 20 national and regional titles, including four National Best Speaker Awards and two National Best Brief Awards. He is the originator of the Moot Court Rankings and the Moot Court National Championship, now sponsored by Andrews Kurth, LLP.

Mr. Lawrence serves as a senior consultant to The Advocates, a national and international trial and arbitration advocacy consulting firm, where he is engaged in the study of judge, jury, and arbitration decision making and the development of successful trial and arbitration advocacy. He is also the Communications Expert for the American Bar Association/National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute.

He is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he holds a Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from the Law Center’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, he is a Qualified Mediator in Texas, and he is a member of the Garland Walker Inns of Court. He is a featured speaker in advocacy training programs both nationally and internationally.

Advocacy Survey
Legal Negotiations
Advanced Negotiations (co-teacher)
Trial Advocacy (co-teacher)