246.1 sec. 1 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2014)
Instructor: George J. Cotsirilos (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Robin Lipetzky (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140
Course Start: January 06, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49709
Course Description: Criminal Trial Practice 246.1 focuses upon developing litigation skills by way of intensive practical experience and focused individual attention to each student’s progress. The course is taught by two highly experienced trial lawyers and the student to instructor ration is never greater than 8 to 1. Students learn how to properly conduct direct and cross examination, litigate motions, present evidence at various stages of a criminal proceeding, handle opening and closing arguments and conduct jury selection. Students examine witnesses and practice trial skills extensively at virtually every class. The format is hands-on and participatory, with the class splitting into two small groups for most sessions, allowing each student a chance to learn and practice skills in an environment in which he or she can receive extensive individual instruction. All student performances are videotaped and the course culminates with each student conducting a jury trial at a county courthouse. NOTE: Students who have taken Evidence Advocacy, or Civil Trial Practice will benefit from, and still receive credit for this course. Third year students receive some preference, but, generally, there is space for second year students.
Enrolled students must attend the first session.
INSTRUCTOR BIOS: George J. Cotsirilos, Jr. has been a criminal defense lawyer for over thirty years and has taught criminal trial practice at Berkeley Law for fifteen years. Beginning his career as a public defender, he has litigated and tried a wide variety of state and federal criminal cases,
from murder to complex white collar offenses. For six years Mr. Cotsirilos chaired the indigent defense panel for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. He has been named for years in Best Lawyers In America and Northern California Super Lawyers, among other similar professional publications.
Robin Lipetzky is the Public Defender for Contra Costa County. After graduating from Berkeley Law in 1986, she clerked for a Federal Magistrate Judge for two years and worked briefly in the private sector before joining the Public Defender’s Office in 1990. Prior to her appointment as head of the Public Defender’s Office in 2010, Ms.Lipetzky held every assignment within the department and she has tried dozens of felony cases of all kinds, from burglary to capital murder. Ms. Lipetzky sits on the Executive Board of the California Public Defender’s Office.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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