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Education

National College of Advocacy

The National College of Advocacy (NCA) is the educational arm of AAJ. Through the NCA Board of Trustees, the NCA is responsible for all AAJ education programs and establishing the education policy of AAJ.

Register for an Education Program

In 1946, 11 trial lawyers realized the great need to exchange information with other trial lawyers across the country, as this would help level the playing field against well-funded defendant corporations. Today, the NCA continues that tradition by sharing strategies and knowledge on how to hold wrongdoers accountable through our education programs.

Board Members:

  • Yvonne M. Flaherty | Lockridge Grindal Nauen, PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jennifer Greene | Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, LLC, New Orleans, LA
  • Richard D. Hailey | Ramey & Hailey, Indianapolis, IN
  • Stephen H. Herman | Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, New Orleans, LA
  • Robert Jenner | Jenner Law Firm, Baltimore, MD
  • Mark R. Kosieradzki | Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm, LLC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Zachary Mandell | Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Providence, RI
  • Phillip H. Miller | Miller Law Offices, Nashville, TN
  • Marion K. Munley | Munley Law, Scranton, PA
  • Christopher T. Nace | Paulson & Nace, PLLC, Washington, DC
  • Kathleen L. Nastri | Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC, Bridgeport, CT
  • Christopher J. O’Brien | O’Brien & Ford, PC, Buffalo, NY
  • Jerome F. O’Neill | Gravel & Shea PC, Burlington, VT
  • Shayla M. Reed | Reed Law Offices, Omaha, NE
  • Elise Sanguinetti | Arias Sanguinetti Wang Torrijos, LLP, Emeryville, CA
  • Lance M. Sears | Sears & Associates, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Aimee Hall Wagstaff | Andrus Wagstaff, Lakewood, CO
  • Derrick Walker | Allen Allen Allen & Allen, PC, Richmond, VA
  • Robyn L. Wishart | Wishart Brain and Spine Law, Vancouver, BC
Cornerstone of AAJ
Why is Education So Important?

We know education is important, but we wanted the data to back it up; thus, every year we look at AAJ members who joined in the last 5 years to see if we can find patterns, and the results are clear! If you attend an AAJ education program within your first 5 years of joining, then you are more than twice as likely to renew your AAJ membership. In addition, you are more likely to join a Section or Litigation Group, donate to AAJ PAC, or join Leaders Forum. This is why education is a cornerstone of AAJ.