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Fall 2020
5386 Trial Advocacy - DAW- 11932

Professor(s): Steve Baldassano (ADJUNCT)
Zenobia Bivens (ADJUNCT)
Judge Lesley Briones (ADJUNCT)
Daragh John Carter (ADJUNCT)
Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
Judge Andrew Edison (ADJUNCT)
Scott Ellis (ADJUNCT)
Erin Epley (ADJUNCT)
Michael Griffin (ADJUNCT)
Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
Lena Laurenzo (ADJUNCT)
Jordan Lewis (ADJUNCT)
Judge Christopher Morton (ADJUNCT)
Grace Murphy (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
James  Ray (ADJUNCT)
April Strahan (ADJUNCT)
Judge Vanessa Velasquez (ADJUNCT)
Sepinood (Sepi) Zimmer (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  M  Location: 144  BLB

Course Outline: Trial Advocacy and Pretrial Litigation are the core of the Litigation Skills Program. Students completing these two courses graduate with the ability to pick up a case and carry it through from the initial interview to final judgment. The Trial Advocacy course is essential to understanding how disputes are often resolved in our legal system. Students acquire the skills necessary for trying cases by learning how to formulate a case theory, present an opening statement and closing argument, conduct direct and cross examinations of fact and expert witnesses, engage in jury selection, make and respond to evidentiary objections, and perform all other aspects of actually trying a case before a judge or jury. Each week's class consists of a large group session in which there is a discussion and demonstration of the advocacy skill being taught that week. Following the large group sessions, students are broken into small groups in which they meet with several adjunct professors and practice the advocacy skill assigned for that week. Students choose a small group focusing on either civil cases or criminal practice. The Trial Advocacy course ends with a mock trial, complete with a jury, held at the Harris County Civil and Criminal Courthouses.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 8/31/2020

Course Notes: HyFlex  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to teach in a physical classroom. The extent to which that room will be used during the semester is up to the instructor and may vary during the semester. When the classroom is used by an instructor, those class sessions will be operated in “HyFlex” mode: remote presence is available to any student via internet videoconferencing, and recordings will be available. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Prerequisites: Yes  Evidence

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Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials (7/1/2020 11:04:40 PM)

Book(s) Required