The Annual Edward D. Ohlbaum Paper in Advocacy

Temple Law Review and Temple University Beasley School of Law’s Advocacy Program solicits articles each year for the “Annual Edward D. Ohlbaum Paper in Advocacy.” Professor Ohlbaum, a national leader in trial advocacy education and director of advocacy programs at Temple University Beasley School of Law until his death in March of 2014, was a scholar of the law of evidence committed to teaching advocacy with emphasis on students and practitioners mastering skills, evidence law, and professionalism.

Essays on evidence and advocacy are welcome. The best essay will be published in the Temple Law Review Online, as well as on Temple’s Advocacy and Evidence Resources website. Additionally, the winning author will receive a prize of $250. The essay will be judged on the following criteria: originality, usefulness to advocates and students of advocacy, and reflection of the values Professor Ohlbaum exhibited and taught. Essay length should be 8,000 words or fewer.

For the next cycle, papers need to be submitted by January 1, 2023.  Submissions should be made electronically, in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format, to Professor Jules Epstein, Director of Advocacy Programs (

Past Winners

YearPaper TitleAuthor(s)
2019Comedy Collides With the CourtroomLaura E. Little and Rachel L. DiCioccio
2018Paul Manafort, Monica Lewinsky, and the Penn State Three Case: When Should the Crime-Fraud Exception Vitiate the Attorney-Client Privilege?Lance Cole
2017Restoring Justice: Purging Evil From Federal Rule of Evidence 609The Hon. Timothy R. Rice
2016Bringing Demonstrative Evidence In From The Cold: The Academy’s Role In Developing Model RulesMaureen A. Howard and Jeffrey C. Barnum