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A.J. Bellido de Luna

Assistant Dean for Advocacy Programs | Hardy Service Professor of Law


Contact Information


  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., John Hopkins University, with Honors, 2000

License to Practice

  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Specialties and Courses

  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Skills
  • Arbitration
  • Negotiation


A.J. Bellido de Luna is the Assistant Dean for Advocacy Programs and Hardy  Service Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He teaches Trial Advocacy and Arbitration and directs the law school’s Advocacy Program National Team consisting of The National Moot Court Team, National Trial Team, National Dispute Resolution Team, Jessup International Moot Court Team, and is the faculty advisor to the Board of Advocates.

Bellido de Luna practiced law in Maryland with the Law Offices of G. Russell Donaldson and Palmer Cooper and was the Managing Director of the Clinical Law Program of the University of Maryland School of Law and a Special Prosecutor for Baltimore City. He joined the University of Maryland School of Law full-time in 2008 as the Managing Director of the Clinical Law Program and the Director of the National Trial Team. As a Clinical Law Instructor and Lecturer in Law, Professor Bellido de Luna taught the General Practice Clinic as well as Advanced Trial Advocacy. During his tenure as coach and director, he led the program to their first Tournament of Champions victory.

Prior to joining St. Mary’s University, Bellido de Luna was the Board Executive Officer for the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, where he supported the board in directing and facilitating the district’s strategic direction and managing effective and efficient operations in the areas of board governance and oversight. Bellido de Luna provided high-level professional, managerial and operational advice to the board. He helped oversee the management and implementation of the district’s legislative agenda and served as the point of contact for intergovernmental affairs. Bellido de Luna trained and supervised the district’s hearing examiners.

Bellido de Luna is a former Marine and retired police lieutenant. During his law enforcement career, he served in command positions and supervised Traffic Enforcement & Accident Reconstruction, and spent several years as a child abuse detective.

In 2020, he was elected Vice President as part of the inaugural leadership for the National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators (NALAE).


  • Staff Member of the Year by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Student Bar Association Recognition, 2014
  • Faculty of the Year Community Award from the Homeless Person’s Representation Project in Baltimore, Maryland, 2013
  • Impact Award presented by the Black Law Student’s Association of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2010
  • Order of the Barrister, 2004


  • Expert Report Rules and the Daubert Trilogy (Nat’l Inst. for Trial Advoc. ed., 3d ed. forthcoming May 2022).
  • Remote Advocacy: A Guide to Survive and Thrive. Mary Jo Barr, A.J. Bellido de Luna, Elizabeth Boals, Robert Guttman & Traci Buschner, Rebecca Diaz Bonilla, Sidney Kanazawa, Brent Newton, Jules Epstein, Kelly K. Robinson, Christian H. Hendrickson, Allison T. Mikulecky, Whitney Untiedt and Ashley Willcott Chapters(3) Time Management, Ethics, Netiquette, National Institute for Trial Advocacy Publishers. 2020
  • State v. Gray, 2016 National Institute of Trial Advocacy With Joseph E. Taylor

White Papers

  • One Memorable Cross Examination Lesson (Nat’l Inst. for Trial Advoc. ed., forthcoming 2022)
  • Collective Wisdom: When to Impeach with an Inconsistent Statement 3 (Nat’l Inst. for Trial Advoc. ed., 2021)