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246.11 sec. 001 - Advanced Criminal Trial Practice (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Shailika Kotiya  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 140
From January 11, 2024
To April 18, 2024

Course Start: January 11, 2024
Course End: April 18, 2024
Class Number: 33460

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 04/23 01:46 AM

This course is devoted to the continued development and performance of trial advocacy skills in the courtroom. Through a combination of lecture and in-class simulations, this advanced skills course will teach fundamental trial concepts and techniques for criminal trials in Federal District Court. Throughout the semester, students will work on advanced concepts and techniques including pretrial motions in limine and motions to suppress; jury selection and voir dire; strategies for examining government informants, testifying defendants, defense character witnesses, law enforcement officers and expert witnesses; raising and responding to evidentiary objections in real time; opening statements and closing arguments.

Shailika Kotiya spent over a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California and in the Eastern District of North Carolina. She has handled over a hundred criminal cases before the Federal District Court and Circuit Courts of Appeal, including conducting multiple felony jury trials and presenting oral arguments on appeal. As an AUSA, she prosecuted a wide variety of cases involving firearms offenses, robbery, sex trafficking, transnational organized crime, narcotics distribution, health care and wire fraud, and child exploitation offenses, among others. Presently, Mrs. Kotiya is an attorney at the law firm Scale LLP where she co-leads their white-collar criminal defense and government investigations practice. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated from the North Carolina School of Law in 2009.

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.

Strongly recommend taking Evidence, as well as Criminal Procedure: Investigations and/or Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (either in advance or during the same semester as this course)

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Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

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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:
Criminal Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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