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245.2 sec. 2 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Khaldoun Baghdadi  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
Instructor: Laurel Beeler  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 12, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49715

This is a basic trial advocacy skills course, focusing on factual and legal preparation for trial, evidence and evidentiary objections, introduction of exhibits, direct examination, cross-examination, opening statements, closing arguments, and courtroom communication skills. Class sessions consists 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 jury trial. This class is not suitable for those who have already completed a similar class on trial skills.

Khaldoun Baghdadi is a partner in the San Francisco firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. He has tried cases throughout the State of California involving defective products, insurance disputes, medical negligence and public entity liability.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler serves on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to her elevation
to the bench, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney. She has served as the President of the Northern District of California's
Federal Bar Association, as co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit from the Northern District, and as a member of the
board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF).

Evidence, or concurrent enrollment in Evidence.

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

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co
    Edward R Stein,
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781556817199
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $19.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Modern Trial Advocacy
    Steven Lubet,
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781556818868
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 5.75
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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