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246.1 sec. 1 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2012)
Instructor: George J. Cotsirilos (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Robin Lipetzky
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140
Course Start: January 09, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49721
This course focuses upon developing litigation skills in the context of a criminal trial. Students will prepare and present opening and closing argument, learn how to properly conduct direct and cross examination, and present documentary and demonstrative evidence at various stages of a criminal proceeding. The format is hands-on and participatory, with students examining witnesses and practicing trial skills virtually every session. The focus will be on developing practical and effective techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom. All performances will be videotaped and the course will culminate in a half-day jury trial. NOTE: Students who have taken Evidence Advocacy, or Civil Trial Practice will benefit from, and still receive credit for this course. Third year students receive some preference, but, generally, there is space for second year students. Enrolled students must attend the first session.
George J. Cotsirilos, Jr. has been a criminal defense lawyer for over thirty years and has taught Criminal Trial Practice at Berkeley Law for twelve years. Beginning his career as a public defender, he has litigated and tried a wide variety of state and federal criminal cases, from murder to complex white collar offenses. He is, and has been named for years in Best Lawyers In America and Northern California Super Lawyers, among other similar professional publications.
Evidence and Criminal Procedure preferred, but not required.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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