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245.2 sec. 2 - Civil Trial Practice (Fall 2014)
"Civil Trial Practice"

Instructor: Jonathan Lee  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Clare Maier  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: M 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 140

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49682

This is a basic trial advocacy course, focusing on planning and preparation for trial, including direct examination, cross examination, introduction of exhibits, objections to evidence, opening statements, closing arguments, pre-trial motion practice, the use of visual aids, and courtroom communication skills. This is a “learning by doing” course in which the organizing principle is to have students perform as a trial advocate. While there will be brief lectures, students will get real and repeated experience in standing, questioning, objecting and persuading in court, while working with the basic tools of trial work. Class sessions consist 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 mock jury trial. This class is not suitable for those who have already completed a similar class on trial skills.

INSTRUCTORS: Judge Clare M. Maier, Contra Costa Superior Court, and Jonathan U. Lee, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, Northern District of California. Judge Maier was appointed in 2007 and before her appointment served as a judge pro tempore and commissioner in Contra Costa County for six years. Prior to that, Judge Maier was a Deputy Public Defender in Contra Costa County and worked as an associate in civil litigation law firms in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Jonathan Lee is a Deputy Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he has practiced since 2005. His prior experience includes positions as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office and as an associate in a civil litigation firm in San Francisco.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This course satisfies the Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Co
    Edward R Stein,
    Publisher: National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    ISBN: 9781556817199
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $25.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Modern trial advocacy
    Steven Lubet
    Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : National Institute for Trial Advocacy, c2000.
    ISBN: 9781556817144
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 1.82
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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