Tracy W McCormack

Tracy W McCormack

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Tracy Walters McCormack is a Senoir Lecture at The University of Texas School of Law. She was the Director of Advocacy for the school until 2022. 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 Torts, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, ADR advocacy and related subjects.

Professor McCormack's most recent book is "Remote Advocacy in a Nutshell" by West Publications. She has also 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 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.

Professor McCormack is a member of ABOTA an serves as a Co-Chair of its Professional Education Committee and is President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  She does advocacy training both nationally and internationally and just completed an arbitration training course with Karl Bayer for Arbitration University.

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Professional Activities


April 9, 2021

Panelist Diversity Austin Bar

Austin Bar Equity Committee

April 8, 2021

Teaching ABOTA Virtual Trial Academy

ABOTA Trial Academy

Teaching lawyers to be effective advocates over virtual platforms

February 23, 2021

Teaching Advocacy in Kenya

NITA/Lawyers Without Borders

Training Prosecutors


December 9, 2020

Teaching Advocacy in Nigeria

NITA/Lawyers Without Borders

Training prosecutors


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

Austin, TX

Speaker/Host - Texas Evidence Jeopardy: Privileges!

October 28, 2010

UT CLE 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Austin, TX

Speaker - Arbitration: The New Litigation?

April 9, 2010

Texas Center for the Judiciary Evidence Summit

Austin, TX

Speaker - Privileges


October 30, 2009

UT CLE 33rd Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference

Austin, TX

Speaker - Effective Advocacy in Arbitration

August 7, 2009

UT CLE The Car Crash Seminar: From Sign-Up to Settlement

Austin, TX

Speaker - What Happens if we are Honest About our Jury Trial Experience?

February 27, 2009

Texas Association of Mediators 2009 Conference

Dallas, TX

Speaker - Ignorance May Not Be Bliss: Empirical Data from the Colliding Worlds of Litigation and Mediation


April 30, 2007

Speaking Engagement

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

Austin, TX

Moderator - Products Liability: Duties & Defense Panel


November 30, 2006

Speaking Engagement

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

Debate Judge

University of Texas at Austin

Judged a debate competition for UT undergraduate students titled \"Targeting Diversity Issues.\"

November 30, 2006

Panel Moderator

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.