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243.3 sec. 001 - Oral Advocacy for LL.M. Students (Spring 2021)

Instructor: David Krashna  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From March 06, 2021
To March 20, 2021

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From March 06, 2021
To March 20, 2021

Course Start: March 06, 2021
Course End: March 20, 2021
Class Number: 31659

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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 - March 6, March 13, & 20, 2021 - from 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:00. Each student will be expected to present an opening statement (Mar. 13) and a closing argument (Mar. 20) on 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 2, 2021), where students will sign up for a time slot between 8:30AM-4:30PM to meet individually 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 submitting of the MANDATORY student video introduction is Valentine's Day, by 11:59 PM, February 14, 2021.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

As a retired judge I am still active as a judicial officer through the Judicial Council Temporary Assigned Judges Program and serve throughout Northern California. I am active in the California Judges Association, for example, I was recently appointed to the Task Force on the Elimination of Bias and Inequality in our judicial system. I am also active in local and national community affairs.

Real-time 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.

In addition to the assigned reading for each Saturday session, each student must submit a brief (2 -3 minute) video introduction by Valentine's Day, by 11:59 PM, February 14, 2021.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • 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: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $24.99
    Price Source: user provided

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