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THE TRIAL LAWYER SECTION recently sent four young lawyers to England to participate in the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College in Oxford. From the left are Julie Brodis, Brianna Hall, and John Cherneski.

The Trial Lawyers Section recently sent four young lawyers to England to participate in the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College in Oxford.

The recipients of the 2019 Bennett Trial Advocacy Scholarships included Jill Schmidt of Murnaghan, Ferguson & Schmidt in Tampa; Aaron Feuer of Rubenstein Law in Miami; John Cherneski of Milam, Howard, Nicandri, Gillam & Renner in Jacksonville; and Julie Brodis of

Estes, Ingram, Foels & Gibbs in Maitland.

The scholarship is available to any Trial Lawyers Section member in the first eight years of practice. The South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course aims to encourage and develop the highest standards of advocacy among practitioners.

Feuer said attending the program was a rewarding experience.

“Surrounded by members of the bars of South Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland, and others, was an invaluable experience where I was able to learn about varying perspectives and approaches to the law,” Feuer said. “Learning about the differences of the legal systems was not only informative, but allowed me to learn different approaches to tackling similar problems. The experience I gained at Keble College will certainly find its way in my own practice and has undoubtedly made me a better and more confident advocate.”

Brodis said she was impressed by the caliber of faculty.

“The pace and curriculum were intense, but similar to a trial, so I certainly see the benefit,” Brodis said. “Overall, it was a great experience. I would recommend it to any young advocate.”

As part of the partnership, the South Eastern Circuit of England and Wales also sends four junior barristers to attend the Trial Lawyers Sections’ Advanced Trial Advocacy program in Gainesville each May.