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245.2 sec. 2 - Civil Trial Practice (Fall 2013)

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: August 22, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49589

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.

The course will have its first session at Boalt, but will then transition to the federal courthouse in San Francisco.

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).

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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