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245.2 sec. 1 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Charles Denton  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49712

This is a trial advocacy skills course, focusing upon the courtroom application of evidentiary rules and principles. Students will prepare and present opening statements, direct and cross examination, documentary and demonstrative evidence, and closing arguments. The format will be hands-on and participatory, and the emphasis will be on learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory. All performances will be videotaped and the course will culminate in a half-day jury trial.

Enrollment in Civil Trial Practice is limited to 16 students. Enrollment will be determined at the first class meeting. Therefore, all students interested in enrollment should be present at the first class.

INSTRUCTOR: Charles Denton has been an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender for more than 28 years. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. Mr. Denton has litigated thousands of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case -- from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and one of the state’s leading experts on criminal law and procedure. He is the co-author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions (Knowles Publishing) and one of the original authors of California Continuing Education of the Bar's Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice and California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice. His articles, practice guides and case law reviews are also highly acclaimed and widely published. He is on the Board of Governors for the California Public Defender’s Association. This is Mr. Denton's 15th year teaching at Boalt Hall.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure

The following files are available for this course:

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Trial Techniques
    Mauet, Thomas
    Edition: 8th Edition
    Publisher: Aspen/Wolters kluwer
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • William Strange v. James Wrigley Case file
    Hon Andrew P. Rodovich
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601560834
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Modern Trial Advocacy
    Steven Lubet,
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
    ISBN: 9781601561275
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 66.92
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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