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246.9 sec. 001 - California Trial Practice (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Tony Cheng  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
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From August 23, 2022
To December 01, 2022

Course Start: August 23, 2022
Course End: December 01, 2022
Class Number: 32536

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

This course provides students the opportunity to learn and refine various trial advocacy skills using California law and procedure in the context of both civil and criminal cases. The course combines short lectures with examples/demonstrations, in-class and small group discussions and opportunities for students to practice and be critiqued on their advocacy skills by their peers, as well as by practitioners. Specific topics covered may vary, but may include subjects such as pretrial motions, motions in limine, jury selection and voir dire, opening statements, closing arguments, evidentiary objections and advocacy, trial strategy and/or witness examinations, including examinations of experts, investigators and/or opposing parties. In-class instruction will be supplemented by presentations from practitioners familiar with real world application of legal theory, as well as opportunities to observe and analyze specific examples of skills used in actual live and recorded cases.

Tony Cheng is an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile delinquency and criminal appeals and the former Director of the Youth Defender Clinic (YDC) at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).

Prior to joining EBCLC in 2018, Tony practiced as a public defender for twenty years, litigating cases in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the federal district court for the Southern District of California, the San Diego County Superior Court and the Alameda County Superior Court. In addition to nearly a decade of experience as a juvenile defender, Tony has also tried almost forty criminal jury trials to verdict during his career. Tony serves on the board of directors of the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) and is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) as a juvenile defense trainer. Tony has contributed to training and educational materials published by PJDC and has presented at the NJDC Leadership Summit and the Practising Law Institute.

Tony is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall), where he served as chair of the Moot Court Board and graduated from the school’s Public Interest Law Program.

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.

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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
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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