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245.2 sec. 001 - Civil Trial Practice (Fall 2019)

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


    W 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From August 21, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 21, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32002

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

This 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 in preparation for the next week's class. The course culminates in a jury trial that will take place Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th.

Enrollment in Civil Trial Practice is limited to 18 students.

The course instructors are California judges who will also share their perspectives on how to be persuasive, professional and ethical in the courtroom. They have taught trial practices courses at Berkeley Law for several years.

Justice 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. Justice Petrou was recently elevated from the Alameda County Superior Court to the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Judge Charles A. Smiley is a former public defender and court commissioner who has taught trial advocacy at U.C. Hastings College of the Law and judicial ethics to other judges. He has presided over contested hearings in family law, limited civil, and juvenile departments. He has also presided over criminal jury trials.

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

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  • Jamie Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc (Case File)
    Edition: 3rd
    ISBN: 9781601564450
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $35.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis & Practice (Law School Ed)
    Edition: 4th 2016
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 82.50
    Price Source: user provided

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