Faculty

Peter T. Hoffman, professor of law and director of the skills program
(336) 279-9235, phoffman@elon.edu

Elon law professor Peter HoffmanPeter T. Hoffman is one of the nation’s leading authorities on trial advocacy, depositions, and evidence. Prior to joining Elon Law, Hoffman held the Newell H. Blakely Chair in Evidence at the University of Houston Law Center from 2003 to 2011. At the Center, he served as Director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute from 2002 to 2009 and Director of Clinical Legal Education from 2005 to 2009.

Hoffman was a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska College of Law from 1974 to 2001, where he served as Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law from 1991 to 2001, Law College Distinguished Professor of Trial Advocacy from 1990 to 1991, and Sherman S. Welpton, Jr. Professor of Trial Advocacy from 1988 to 1990.

He is co-author of the largest-selling book on deposition practice, The Effective Deposition: Techniques and Strategies That Work. Hoffman serves as a Program Director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and is the recipient of the Robert Oliphant Service to NITA Award. He has delivered more than 450 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations to date in 34 states and territories and in 14 countries.

From 1994 to 1996, Hoffman served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. An Academic Member of the International Society of Barristers, Hoffman is former Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education and the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education. He is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist, having taught law and advised on the establishment of trial advocacy programs in Hong Kong and India.

Professor Hoffman received his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1971, cum laude, and his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1968 with high honors. Following graduation, he practiced law in Chicago.

Hoffman served as a visiting professor at Elon Law during the 2008-2009 academic year. He has also taught at the City University of Hong Kong, University of San Diego, Washington University-St. Louis School of Law, University of Hawaii School of Law, University of Michigan School of Law, Chinese University Law School in Hong Kong, and West Bengal National University of Juridical Science in Kolkata, India.

RECENT NEWS

Peter Hoffman continues national leadership in trial advocacy instruction

Peter Hoffman delivers the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute’s Seventh Annual Lecture at Michigan State University College of Law and coauthors National Institute for Trial Advocacy video catalog on effective depositions

Peter Hoffman provides insight on trial advocacy nationally

Peter Hoffman speaks on trial advocacy in Japan and Mexico

Peter Hoffman publishes on skills training in legal education