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Spring 2020
5309 Advanced Trial Advocacy - DRAPER/WARE- 20598

Professor(s): Brandon Draper (ADJUNCT)
Natalie Ware (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Blakely Advocacy Simulation 

Time: 6:00p-9:00p  T  Location: 4  BLB

Course Outline: Advanced Trial Advocacy builds off of the skills learned in Trial Advocacy by focusing on the techniques of persuasion. Students in this intensive course learn about using focus groups, developing and refining case theories and themes, selecting juries in light of the case theory being pursued, and presenting understandable and persuasive exhibits and expert testimony. Students try three jury trials during the course of the semester.

The course will combine lecture, round table discussion, court observation and summary, as well as three jury trials during the course of the semester. Materials will include necessary National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) materials, as well as the textbook Mauet ¿ Trials. Students are expected to provide a significant amount of input for preparation of jury trials, including consideration of pertinent evidence as well as organization and presentation of evidence and argument. The final jury trial will be based on an actual toxic tort case, Behringer v. Alcoa, Inc., et al, for which all necessary evidentiary materials will be provided. Students will be free to work on the final trial throughout the semester, incorporating strategies, tactics and techniques learned during the course of the semester.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota = 8

Prerequisites: Yes  Trial Advocacy

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Jury Trial      

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election:

Course Materials (10/17/2019 1:56:09 PM)

Book(s) Required

a. Thomas A. Mauet, “Trials Techniques & Trials,” Aspen Publishers (9th Edition)
– May be purchased at the UH Bookstore or at ISBN-13:
b. Federal Rules of Evidence (can be viewed online or purchased)
c. Baili Rhodes v. Armadillo Elevator Company, publicly available at
d. Judy Green v. Jan Alexander, publicly available at