Attorney Mark J. Powell of Powell Law in Scranton recently was a featured instructor at an “Advanced Trial Skills” seminar sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at the U.S. District Court building in Washington, D.C.
Powell joined an esteemed faculty of a dozen attorneys, judges, law school professors, communication specialists and other instructors from around the country for the five-day seminar held Oct. 7-11. The seminar, which is geared toward experienced practicing civil trial attorneys, involved taking a case from preparation through closing arguments. Powell instructed on direct and cross-examination of the case’s key witness.
Powell is the only attorney in Northeastern Pennsylvania to hold dual certification as a Civil Trial Specialist and Criminal Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, as well as a Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy, which he earned from Temple University Law School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and juris doctorate from Catholic University Law School.
Powell is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice; a member and past president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, where he was the recipient of the organization’s 2005 Lawrence W. Roth Award; and a member of the Lackawanna Bar Association, where he co-chaired the Bench-Bar Educational Conference Committee. He has written and lectured extensively on trial advocacy and the law. His practice involves personal injury and criminal defense.
NITA is the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Louisville, Colo., NITA pioneered the learning-by-doing methodology for legal skills more than 35 years ago, and has since remained the ultimate standard in continuing legal education. With an average student/faculty ratio of 4:1 and an all-volunteer faculty drawn from a cadre of judges, law professors, and practicing attorneys, NITA’s multi-day “boot camps” deliver unparalleled professional development for nearly 6,000 attorneys each year.