Call for Volunteer Witnesses: 38th Annual Intensive Advocacy

Are you interested in giving back to the profession by helping lawyers practice direct examination and cross-examination skills? We are looking for volunteers to act as witnesses in simulated trials and hearings as part of our upcoming 38thAnnual Intensive Advocacy program in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 8:30 AM–2:00 PM. (Note: most witness obligations are concluded by noon.)

About the Program

LESA’s Intensive Advocacy course is an intense, week-long, learn-by-doing program that offers an incomparable opportunity to develop skills as an advocate. On the final day of the course, attendees integrate these competencies in a simulated criminal trial, civil trial, or administrative hearing before Alberta justices, judges, and administrative tribunal members.

The Role

Volunteer witnesses play the role of a character in one of three cases: criminal, civil, or administrative. As part of the course, participant lawyers will brief all volunteer witnesses of their role prior to Saturday, October 30. This program offers an excellent opportunity for law students, articling students, and lawyers to observe the trial or hearing process and gain valuable insight into the experience and perspective of a witness.


If you are interested in volunteering as a witness for the Intensive Advocacy moot trials and hearings, or for more information, please contact [email protected].

COVID-19 and LESA Programs

This course is operating under the Restrictions Exemption Program. All course participants, faculty, volunteers, judges, and staff must be fully vaccinated (2 doses). For the most up to date information on COVID-19 protocols at in-person LESA programs, please visit

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