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245.2 sec. 002 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Ioana Petrou  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Charles Smiley  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32264

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd.

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.

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 a judge with the Alameda County Superior Court from 2010 to 2018 before being elevated to the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Judge Charles A. Smiley is the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. He 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.

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.

Law 241 Evidence, students should contact the instructors for an exception.

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:
Litigation and Procedure

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Required Books are in blue

  • Jamie Taylor v. Pinnacle Packaging Products, Inc (Case File)
    Edition: 3rd
    ISBN: 9781601564450
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $35.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis & Practice (Law School Ed)
    Edition: Students may pick any edition between 4th and 6th
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 82.50
    Price Source: user provided

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