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MSU College of Law

March 5, 2013

Contact: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959;

MSU Law Trial Practice Institute Lecture Features Professor Peter Hoffman

The Michigan State University College of Law Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute’s Seventh Annual Lecture and Alumni Reunion will feature a talk by Professor Peter T. Hoffman of Elon University School of Law on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Hoffman’s talk, “What Do Trial Advocacy Teachers and Buggy Whip Manufacturers Have in Common?” will be held at 6 p.m. in the Campus Room at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place. A reception will immediately follow.

Hoffman is one of the nation’s leading authorities on trial advocacy, depositions, and evidence. Prior to joining Elon Law, Hoffman held the Newell H. Blakely Chair in Evidence at the University of Houston Law Center from 2003 to 2011. At the Center, he served as director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute from 2002 to 2009, and director of Clinical Legal Education from 2005 to 2009.

Hoffman was a member of the University of Nebraska College of Law faculty from 1974 to 2001, where he served as Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law from 1991 to 2001, Law College Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy from 1990 to 1991, and Sherman S. Welpton Jr. Professor of Trial Advocacy from 1988 to 1990.

He is co-author of the top-selling book on deposition practice, The Effective Deposition: Techniques and Strategies That Work. Hoffman serves as a program director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and is the recipient of the Robert Oliphant Service to NITA Award. He has delivered more than 450 continuing legal education presentations to date in 34 states and territories and in 14 countries.

Hoffman received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1971, and earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors from Michigan State University in 1968.

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