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246.1 sec. 001 - Criminal Trial Practice (Fall 2024)

Instructor: Charles M Denton  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 9:05 PM
Location: Law 140
From August 21, 2024
To November 24, 2024

SaSu 08:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Location: Law 140
From November 23, 2024
To November 24, 2024

F 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Law 140
On 2024-11-22

Course Start: August 21, 2024
Course End: November 24, 2024
Class Number: 31750

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 10
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 07/18 04:21 AM

This course focuses on the courtroom application of criminal law principles and practices. Students will prepare and present opening statements, direct and cross-examination, documentary and demonstrative evidence, and closing arguments. Time permitting, they will also gain a practical understanding of common issues in criminal law, including bail, preliminary hearings, ethics and misconduct, and motions to suppress.

The format will be hands-on and participatory, and the emphasis will be on learning practical techniques for shaping the evidence, using the law, and exploiting the courtroom to create a coherent and convincing case theory. All performances will be videotaped and the course will culminate in a half-day jury trial on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students. Class enrollment will be determined by the beginning of the second class meeting. Therefore, all students interested in enrollment should be present for both the first and second classes.

Instructor Biography: Charles Denton is in his 40th year as an attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender's Office. Nearly all of that time has been spent in the courtroom. He has litigated hundreds of motions and hearings and has tried nearly every kind of criminal case -- from drunk driving to the death penalty. He is one of the most prolific lecturers on trial practice and criminal litigation in the state and a well-recognized expert on criminal law and procedure. He is the author of Criminal Defense Jury Instructions: California Criminal Jury Charges. For nearly a decade, he was one of the principal authors of California Continuing Education of the Bar's Recent Developments in Criminal Law Practice. He was also one of the original authors of their California Criminal Law: Procedure and Practice manual and is a current author of their California Sentencing Enhancements handbook. His written manuals and practice guides are highly acclaimed and have been widely published. This is Denton's 27th year teaching at Berkeley Law. He is a Christopher Edley Jr. Lecturer in Law.

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.

Completion of Evidence is helpful but not required.

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:
Criminal Law
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Modern Trial Advocacy Analysis & Practice: Law School Fourth Edition (NITA)
    Lubet, Steven
    Edition: Fourth Edition
    Publisher: NITA
    ISBN: 9781601565730
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: $79.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Trial Techniques and Trials
    Mauet, Thomas
    Edition: 10th Ed 2017
    Publisher: Aspen
    ISBN: 9781454886532
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 171.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.
  • California Evidentiary Foundations
    Imwinkelreid, Edward & Leach, Thomas
    Edition: 5th ed., 2020
    Publisher: Lexis Nexis
    ISBN: 9781522185918
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 193.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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