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245.2 sec. 1 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2014)

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

Course Start: January 07, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49700

This introductory trial advocacy skills course will teach you how to try cases effectively. While it focuses on the core skills of witness examination and opening/closing statements, students will also be trained to hear and make evidentiary objections, introduce exhibits into evidence, prepare for trial, and identify ethical issues.

This is a “learning by doing” class. Each week every student will perform an assigned trial skill exercise, fellow students will act as witnesses and opposing counsel, and there will be feedback by the instructors. Student performances are videotaped and there will be assigned reading and video viewing. Each week the instructor will do a lecture/demo in preparation for the next week's class. The course culminates in a half-day jury trial.

Enrollment in Civil Trial Practice is limited to 16 students.

The course instructors are California Superior Court judges who will share their perspectives on how to be both persuasive and professional in the courtroom.

Judge Ioana Petrou, a Berkeley Law alumna, is a former Assistant United States Attorney serving in both the Eastern District of New York and the Northern District of California. In the private sector, she worked in the firms of O’Melveny and Myers, Foley & Lardner LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP. Judge Petrou currently presides over a civil trial department.

Judge Charles A. Smiley is a former public defender and court commissioner who previously taught trial advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. He has presided over criminal jury trials, family law, and juvenile departments. Judge Smiley has also held board positions on several California legal organizations and recently served as President of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court.

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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  • Modern Trial Advocacy -- Law School Edition
    Edition: revised 3rd, 2013
    Publisher: LexisNexis
    ISBN: 9781601563323
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $85.00
    Price Source: user provided

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