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243.3 sec. 001 - Oral Advocacy for LL.M. Students (Spring 2020)

Instructor: David Krashna  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From February 29, 2020
    To March 14, 2020

    Sa 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From February 29, 2020
    To March 14, 2020

Course Start: February 29, 2020
Course End: March 14, 2020
Class Number: 31495

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Course Description - Oral Advocacy for LL.M Students
Judge David M. Krashna (Ret./Assigned), Alameda County CA Superior Court

Oral advocacy is one of the critical professional skills mastered by U.S. lawyers. In this one unit skills workshop, we will study oral advocacy through readings, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, an oral quiz and (above all else) by practicing oral advocacy in small groups with critiques by experienced lawyers and judges. The course will meet on three Saturdays - February 29, March 7, & 14, 2020 - from 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:00. Each student will be expected to present an opening statement (Mar. 7) and a closing argument (Mar. 14) in a simulated case.

Readings will be from materials posted on bCourses, classroom PowerPoint presentations and one text:
Brian Johnson & Marsha Hunter, The Articulate Advocate (2016)

Enrollment is limited to LL.M students. Attendance is MANDATORY for all three Saturday classes and one brief video review session (April 3, 2020), where students will sign up for a timeslot between 8:30AM-4:30PM to meet with Judge Krashna.

A brief video introduction of the instructor will be provided in bCourses; each student is required to provide their own brief video introduction. The DEADLINE for submittal of the MANDATORY student video introduction is Valentine's Day, by midnight, February 14, 2020.

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.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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  • The Articulate Advocate Persuasive Skills for Lawyers in Trials, Appeals Arbitrations, and Motions
    Brian K. Johnson and Marsha Hunter
    Edition: Second
    Publisher: Crown King Books
    ISBN: 9781939506030
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $24.99
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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