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245.8 sec. 1 - Advanced Trial Practice (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Richard H Schoenberger  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Cynthia McGuinn  
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: January 11, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49718

As a participant in Advanced Trial Practice you will experience a learning-by-doing method to practice and perfect your skills in the challenging arts of trial advocacy and persuasion. In a simulated trial setting you will be performing:

-Opening statements and closing arguments


-Direct & cross examinations

-Voir Dire

-Persuasion skills: thinking on your feet

-Advocacy drills

-Case strategy

Following your live and sometimes videotaped performances you will be given feedback and critique from the faculty and their guests. There will be no written final examination, but rather the conducting of a trial.

Instructors' Biography:
Cynthia MGuinn is a partner in the San Francisco based firm of Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn which represents injured workers and consumers in catastrophic personal injury matters. She specializes in complex jury trials and a number of her cases have resulted in jury verdicts in excess of $10,000,000.00. Cynthia was honored as the 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and has been recognized annually as one of the “Top 50 Woman Litigators” in California since 2005. In 2011 she was the recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates Masters in Trial Award for her work in teaching trial skills to attorneys.

Rich Schoenberger, a partner at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, began his career as a deputy district attorney in Alameda County and currently concentrates his civil practice on the prosecution of cases involving catastrophic injury. He has tried dozens of cases throughout Northern California, is an invited member of the most prestigious trial lawyer organizations in the country, was named the SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011 and has taught trial advocacy on a national and international level since the early 1990's.

This course is limited to students who have already taken a trial skills class and/or have participated in mock trials.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • In the Interest of Grace Kyles, People v. Cynthia Kyles
    Richard Cozzola and Timothy McDonald
    ISBN: 9781556816680
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Trial Advocacy: Planning Analysis & Strategy, Third Edition
    Marilyn J. Berger, John B. Mitchell, Ronald H. Clark,
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers
    ISBN: 9780735598164
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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