246.1 sec. 001 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Charles Denton (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
- W 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 15, 2020
To April 26, 2020
Course End: April 26, 2020
Class Number: 31504
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 06/16 11:02 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, April 24th-Sunday, April 26th.
Instructor Biography: Charles Denton is in his 37th 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 and its current training coordinator. This is Mr. Denton's 23nd 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
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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