Faculty Profile: Tracy W. McCormack
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Tracy Walters McCormack is a lecturer and Director of Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law. Professor McCormack practiced as a trial lawyer for 14 years in Austin before joining the faculty full time in 2000.
She spent most of her time in private practice with the firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Clark, Thomas, Winters and Newton. She has extensive experience in civil trial and appeals, mediation, arbitration and summary jury trials. Professor McCormack also served as an adjunct professor at UT since 1990 teaching courses in Texas Civil Procedure and trial skills while in private practice. She now teaches courses in Evidence, Trial Advocacy, ADR advocacy and related subjects.
Professor McCormack has co-authored the book, “The First Trial: Where do I sit? What do I say?” Her most recent publications explore issues associated with the decline of the jury trial, the privatization of the justice system and the appropriate use of ADR in the legal system. She heads the John L. Hill Trial Advocacy Center, the Harry M. Reasoner Center for Trial Practice and the Kincaid and Horton Excellence Fund for Empirical Advocacy Research.
Professor McCormack received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1986. In 1984, she served as briefing clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Miller, Presiding Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Professor McCormack is a member of several professional associations and organizations, including the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Texas Consumer Law Council, the National Order of Barristers and the Lloyd Lochridge Austin Inn of Court (2010-2011 President).
February 18, 2011
St. Mary's Journal on Legal Ethics & Malpractice Symposium
San Antonio, TX
Discussed her paper entitled, “Probing the Legitimacy of Mandatory Mediation: New Roles for Judges, Mediators and Lawyers”. Presented with Susan Schultz.
December 9, 2010
Office of the Attorney General In-House CLE
Speaker/Host - Texas Evidence Jeopardy: Privileges!
October 28, 2010
UT CLE 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference
Speaker - Arbitration: The New Litigation?
April 9, 2010
Texas Center for the Judiciary Evidence Summit
Speaker - Privileges
October 30, 2009
UT CLE 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference
Speaker - Effective Advocacy in Arbitration
August 7, 2009
UT CLE The Car Crash Seminar: From Sign-Up to Settlement
Speaker - What Happens if we are Honest About our Jury Trial Experience?
February 27, 2009
Texas Association of Mediators 2009 Conference
Speaker - Ignorance May Not Be Bliss: Empirical Data from the Colliding Worlds of Litigation and Mediation
April 30, 2007
Attorney General\'s Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker at The Office of the Attorney General\'s Distinguished Lecture Series in May.
January 31, 2007
The Review of Litigation Spring 2007 Symposium
Moderator - Products Liability: Duties & Defense Panel
November 30, 2006
State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course
Gave the Procedure Update at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (CLE)this summer.
November 30, 2006
University of Texas at Austin
Judged a debate competition for UT undergraduate students titled \"Targeting Diversity Issues.\"
November 30, 2006
The Review of Litigation\'s Spring Symposium
Participated in The Review of Litigation\'s Spring Symposium. She was a moderator for the Products Liability: Duties and Defenses panel at this symposium.