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246.9 sec. 001 - California Trial Practice (Fall 2023)

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 3:35 PM - 4:50 PM
Location: Law 140
From August 22, 2023
To November 30, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 30, 2023
Class Number: 32086

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

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.

Tony Cheng is an attorney in private practice specializing in juvenile delinquency and criminal appeals and the former Director of the Youth Defender Clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Prior to joining EBCLC, 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 has contributed to training and educational materials published by Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and has presented at the National Juvenile Defender Center 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.


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:
Public Law and Policy

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