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245.2 sec. 1 - Civil Trial Practice (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Mary Pat Dooley  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: August 21, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49586

This course teaches fundamental trial skills - opening statement/closing argument, witness examination, introduction of exhibits, objections and motions in limine. Because it is a basic skills class, it is NOT appropriate for someone who has already completed another trial skills class. The class is probably not beneficial for someone who has trial team experience. This is a "learning by doing" class so each week every student will perform an assigned trial skill exercise. Fellow students will act as witnesses and opposing counsel for purposes of objections. Following the performance, the instructor will provide a critique intended to teach the class as a whole. Each week the instructor will do a lecture/demo in preparation for the next week's class. Student performances are videotaped. The course culminates in a half-day jury trial. Completion of/ concurrent enrollment in Evidence is helpful, but not required.

Mary Pat Dooley recently re-joined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office after working for 14 years with the Honorable Carol Corrigan of the California Supreme Court. Ms. Dooley was a deputy district attorney for almost 11 years. She then joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a litigation associate before being lured away by Justice Corrigan who, while still a senior district attorney in the Alameda County DA’s Office, originally hired Dooley.

This course satisfies the Experiential Requirement.

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

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Required Books are in blue

  • Addison v. Peyton Civil Case File
    Elizabeth I. Boals
    Publisher: National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781601561268
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $35.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Modern Trial Advocacy Law School Edition
    Steven Lubet
    Edition: Third Edition
    Publisher: National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781601561411
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 65
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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