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Fall 2021
5386 Trial Advocacy - DAW- 11272

Professor(s): Steve Baldassano (ADJUNCT)
Judge Peter Bray (ADJUNCT)
Judge Lesley Briones (ADJUNCT)
Daragh John Carter (ADJUNCT)
David Cunningham (ADJUNCT)
Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
Judge Andrew Edison (ADJUNCT)
Scott Ellis (ADJUNCT)
Erin Epley (ADJUNCT)
Michelle Gray (ADJUNCT)
Michael Griffin (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
Anshu Mitchell (ADJUNCT)
Judge Chris Morales (ADJUNCT)
Judge Christopher Morton (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
James  Ray (ADJUNCT)
Janan Sharaf (ADJUNCT)
Judge Christine Weems (ADJUNCT)
Sepinood (Sepi) Zimmer (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  M  Location: 111  TUII

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

Course Notes:   Whether this course will be distance education, or will have a physical room assigned, and if so the extent to which the instructor might use the room during the semester, is not determined at the time when registration initially opens for this course.  You may see contrary indications in the UH systems where you actually register for the course.  In other words, this course might be distance education with no use of a physical classroom. It might be the “HyFlex” mode in which some Law Center courses used a physical room during 2020-21. As we get closer to the start of the term/semester for this course, this course note will be updated as decisions are determined. The instructors will be involved in those decisions, but decisions about modalities may not be invariant throughout the term/semester or between now and when the course starts.


Prerequisites: Yes  Evidence, it may be taken concurrently

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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)