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Spring 2019
5386 Trial Advocacy - DAW- 2765

Professor(s): Steve Baldassano (ADJUNCT)
David Cunningham (ADJUNCT)
Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
Michael  Doyle (ADJUNCT)
Erin Epley (ADJUNCT)
Vanessa Goodwin (ADJUNCT)
Michael Griffin (ADJUNCT)
Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)
Katie James (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
Jordan Lewis (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
James  Ray (ADJUNCT)
April Strahan (ADJUNCT)
Judge Vanessa Velasquez (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  T  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:   Quota= 48

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:

Course Materials (11/6/2018 9:02:50 AM)

Book(s) Required

Mauet, Trial Techniques (9th edition)
ISBN #:978-1454822332

Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company (6th edition NITA case file) – may be purchased at UH bookstore or online, i.e.:
(There is a new addition that is NOT being used yet, so make sure you get the 6th edition.)
Frank Rothschild & Edward Stein – ISBN #:9781632814500)

State v. Delaney (3rd edition NITA case file) may be purchased at UH bookstore or online, i.e.,
Joseph Taylor & Aleshandra Griffith-Reed – ISBN #:9781601567154)

Texas Rules of Evidence
(Can be viewed online or purchased, does not have an ISBN #)