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246.1 sec. 001 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Charles Denton  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Meeting:

    M 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From January 07, 2019
    To April 23, 2019

Course Start: January 07, 2019
Course End: April 23, 2019
Class Number: 31192

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM


Course Description: This course focuses upon the courtroom application of criminal law principles and practices. Students will prepare and present opening statements, direct and cross examination, documentary and demonstrative evidence, and closing arguments. They will also gain a practical understanding of common issues in criminal law, including bail, sentencing, preliminary hearings, ethics and misconduct and motions to suppress.

The format will be hands-on and participatory, and the emphasis will be on learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory. All performances will be videotaped and the course will culminate in a half-day jury trial.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Class enrollment will be determined by the beginning of the second class meeting. Therefore, all students interested in enrollment should be present for both the first and second classes. Final trials will be Friday-Sunday, April 19th-21st.

Instructor Biography: Charles Denton is in his 36th year as an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender's Office. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. Mr. Denton has litigated hundreds of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case -- from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is one of the most prolific lecturers on trial practice and criminal litigation in the state and a well-recognized expert on criminal law and procedure. He is currently the author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions: California Criminal Jury Charges. For nearly a decade, he has been one of the principal authors of California Continuing Education of the Bar's Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice as well as a contributor to their California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice and California Sentencing Enhancements handbooks. His written manuals and practice guides are highly acclaimed and widely published, and he is the past president of the California Public Defender's Association. This is Mr. Denton's 21st year teaching at Berkeley Law.


Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


Requirements Satisfaction:


Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.


Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Criminal Law
Litigation and Procedure

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Readers:
A reader will be used in this class.

Books:
Required Books are in blue

  • Trial Techniques, Ninth Edition
    Mauet, Thomas
    Edition: Ninth Edition
    Publisher: Aspen Coursebook
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Evidentiary Foundations
    Edward J. Imwinkelried
    Edition: 10 th Edition, 2018
    Publisher: LexisNexis
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Law School Edition
    Steven Lubet
    Edition: Fourth Edition
    Publisher: N.I.T.A.
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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