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246.1 sec. 001 - Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2021)

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

Meeting:

    M 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
    Location: Internet/Online
    From January 25, 2021
    To May 04, 2021

Course Start: January 25, 2021
Course End: May 04, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 31668
Class Number: 31668

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM


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, misconduct, objections 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.

All students interested in enrollment should be present for both the first and second classes. Final trials will be Friday, April 30th-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.

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 was 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. He is currently one of the authors of California: Criminal Sentencing Enhancements. 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, its current training coordinator and the recipient of its 2020 Defender of the Year award. This is Mr. Denton's 24th year teaching at Berkeley Law.


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.


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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Readers:
A reader will be used in this class.

Books:
Required Books are in blue

  • Trial Techniques and Trials
    Mauet, Thomas
    Edition: 10th Edition
    Publisher: Aspen
    ISBN: 9781454886532
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note: https://www.wklegaledu.com/aspen-coursebook-series/id-9781454886532/trial_techniques_and_trials_tenth_edition
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $171.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • California Evidentiary Foundations
    Imwinkelreid, Edward & Leach, Thomas
    Edition: 5th
    Publisher: Lexis Nexis
    ISBN: 9781522185918
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note: https://store.lexisnexis.com/products/california-evidentiary-foundations-skuusSku7222
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 162.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • Modern Trial Advocacy Analysis & Practice: Law School Fourth Edition (NITA)
    Lubet, Steven
    Edition: Fourth Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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