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245.2 sec. 2 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2014)
"Civil Trial Practice"

Instructor: Jonathan Lee  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
Instructor: Clare Maier  
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 09, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49703


This is a basic trial advocacy course, focusing on planning and preparation for trial, including direct examination, cross examination, introduction of exhibits, objections to evidence, opening statements, closing arguments, pre-trial motion practice, the use of visual aids, and courtroom communication skills. This is a “learning by doing” course in which the organizing principle is to have students perform as a trial advocate. While there will be brief lectures, students will get real and repeated experience in standing, questioning, objecting and persuading in court, while working with the basic tools of trial work. Class sessions consist of weekly student performances of trial exercises, and a lecture on a trial component. There will be assigned reading and videotape viewing outside of class. The course culminates in a half-day mock jury trial. This class is not suitable for those who have already completed a similar class on trial skills.

INSTRUCTORS: Judge Clare M. Maier, Contra Costa Superior Court, and Jonathan U. Lee, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, Northern District of California. Judge Maier was appointed in 2007 and before her appointment served as a judge pro tempore and commissioner in Contra Costa County for six years. Prior to that, Judge Maier was a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County and worked as an associate in civil litigation law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Jonathan Lee is a Deputy Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he has practiced since 2005. His prior experience includes positions as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and as an associate in a civil litigation firm in San Francisco.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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Books:
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  • Modern Trial Advocacy
    Steven Lubet,
    Edition: 4th revised, 2013
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
    ISBN: 9781601563316
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $85.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Evidentiary foundations
    by Edward J. Imwinkelried
    Edition: 8th, 2012
    Publisher: LexisNexis
    ISBN: 9780769848990
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 75.00
    Price Source: user provided

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