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Spring 2013
5386 Trial Advocacy - DAW ET AL- 12992

Professor(s): Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
John Brewer (ADJUNCT)
Steve Baldassano (ADJUNCT)
Susan Brown (ADJUNCT)
Daragh John Carter (ADJUNCT)
David Cunningham (ADJUNCT)
Judge George Hanks (ADJUNCT)
Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
John W. Kelly, Jr. (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
Judge Vanessa Velasquez (ADJUNCT)
Judge Ken Wise (ADJUNCT)
Judge Joseph  Halbach (ADJUNCT)
Judge Dion Ramos (ADJUNCT)
Andrew Edison (ADJUNCT)
Caroline E.  Baker (ADJUNCT)
Gaynelle Griffin Jones (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  TLocation: 111  TU2

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.

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Course Notes: Quota = 48  

Prerequisites: Yes  Evidence

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No