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243.3 sec. 001 - Oral Advocacy for LL.M. Students (Spring 2022)

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


Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 29, 2022
To February 12, 2022

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 29, 2022
To February 12, 2022

Course Start: January 29, 2022
Course End: February 12, 2022
Class Number: 31485

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 07/19 11:58 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 - January 29, February 5, February 12, 2022 - from 10:00-12:00 and 1:30-4:00. Each student will be expected to present an opening statement (Feb. 5) and a closing argument (Feb. 12) 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, 2nd edition (2016)

Enrollment is limited to LL.M students. Attendance is MANDATORY for all three Saturday classes AND one brief video review session (Friday, Feb. 25, 2022), where students will sign up for a time slot between 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 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 the MANDATORY student video introduction is Sunday, January, 16, 2022, by 11:59 PM.

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

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

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