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245.2 sec. 001 - Civil Trial Practice (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Evelio M Grillo  
Instructor: Winifred Younge Smith  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Booth Auditorium
From January 13, 2022
To April 24, 2022

Course Start: January 13, 2022
Course End: April 24, 2022
Class Number: 32016

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

Course Description:
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, April 23rd, and Sunday, April 24th.

Enrollment in Civil Trial Practice is limited to 16 students.

The Hon. Evelio M. Grillo is a Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court where he presently is assigned to the Complex Litigation Department and sits as the supervising judge of the Alameda County Superior Court Appellate Panel. Prior to being assigned to complex litigation, Judge Grillo sat in the as a Civil Direct Calendar Department (2009-20011, 2028-2021) and the Civil Law and Motion Department (2012-2016) where he heard law and motion matters and civil writs, including administrative writs, and writs brought pursuant to the California Public Records Act and CEQA. Over thirty of Judge Grillo’s trial decisions have resulted in published appellate opinions in such diverse areas as the Public Records Act, CEQA, arbitration, and attorneys’ fees under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5. Judge Grillo, a 1985 graduate of the Harvard Law School, was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

The Honorable Winifred Younge Smith (ret.) was appointed to the Alameda Superior Court in November 2000. Since her appointment, Judge Smith has had a variety of assignments including Civil law and Motion (20006-20070 Civil Direct Calendar Judge (2007-20012) Assistant Presiding Judge (20013-2014) Presiding Judge (20015-2016) and Complex Civil Litigation (20017-2021). Judge Smith heard civil law and motion matters, conducted civil trials and has extensive experience managing coordinated cases; the largest of which had 31,000 plaintiffs. She also heard the “Roundup” trial which resulted in the largest civil jury award in California history. The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. Judge Smith is a graduate of Stanford University and Boston University School of Law.

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

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