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243.3 sec. 001 - Oral Advocacy for LL.M. Students (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Benjamin Toledo Reyes  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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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 February 04, 2023
To February 11, 2023

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Law 140
From February 04, 2023
To February 11, 2023

Sa 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2023-02-25

Sa 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2023-02-25

Course Start: February 04, 2023
Course End: February 25, 2023
Class Number: 31935

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Judge Benjamin T. Reyes II, Superior Court of California (Contra Costa County)
co-taught by volunteer lecturer, Judge Matthew D. Krashna (Ret.), Superior Court of California (Alameda County) (Instructor for the past eight years).

Oral advocacy is one of the critical professional skills mastered by U.S. lawyers. In this one unit skills workshop, we will study and practice 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 - February 4, 2023, February 11, 2023 and February 25, 2023- from 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:00 and on one Friday in March. Each student will be expected to present an opening statement (February 11, 2023) and a closing argument (February 25, 2023) on a simulated case. There will also be a video review session on Friday, March 10, 2023. Attendance is mandatory for all three classes and the review session.

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, March 10, 2023), where students will sign up for a time slot between 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM to meet individually with Judge Benjamin Reyes.

A brief video introduction of the instructor will be provided in bCourses; each student is required to provide their own 2-minute brief video introduction. The DEADLINE for submitting the MANDATORY student video introduction is January, 20, 2023, by 11:59 PM.

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.

Judge Reyes is a sitting judge currently assigned to the Superior Court's Family Law Division. He was previously assigned as a criminal judge and has presided over 50 jury trials.

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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