Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

Justice Graves teaches trial advocacy at Harvard Law School

October 2, 2002

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. last week was a guest instructor at Harvard Law School.

It was his fourth year to teach at the trial advocacy program for third-year law students at Harvard. Graves said about 45 lawyers and judges from across the country conducted the three-week program. They were divided into three teaching teams.

Graves spent four days teaching all aspects of trying a case, from opening statements to closing arguments. He also presided over a mock trial.

"It was educational for me," said Graves. "It helps to keep you sharp."