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Spring 2020
5386 Trial Advocacy - DAW- 12380

Professor(s): Willie Daw (ADJUNCT)
Steve Baldassano (ADJUNCT)
Zenobia Bivens (ADJUNCT)
David Cunningham (ADJUNCT)
Michael  Doyle (ADJUNCT)
Erin Epley (ADJUNCT)
Michael Griffin (ADJUNCT)
Judge Belinda Hill (ADJUNCT)
Daniel Kasprzak (ADJUNCT)
Jordan Lewis (ADJUNCT)
Mia Lorick (ADJUNCT)
Stephen  Pate (ADJUNCT)
Kenneth R.  Phillips (ADJUNCT)
James  Ray (ADJUNCT)
Judge Vanessa Velasquez (ADJUNCT)
Christopher Morton (ADJUNCT)
Scott Ellis (ADJUNCT)
Sepinood (Sepi) Zimmer (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

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Projects      

This course will have:
Exam:
Paper:

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 (10/31/2019 10:48:51 AM)

Book(s) Required

1. Mauet, Trial Techniques (9th edition) – may be purchased at UH bookstore or online - (author: Thomas Mauet – ISBN #:978-1454822332)
2. Dixon v. Providential Life Insurance Company (7th edition NITA case file) – may be purchased at UH bookstore or online (author(s): Frank Rothschild & Edward Stein – ISBN #9781601567994 – hard copy; e-book (if available: 9781601568007)
3. State v. Delaney (3rd edition NITA case file) may be purchased at UH bookstore or online (author(s): Joseph Taylor & AJ Griffith-Reed – ISBN #:9781601567154 - hard copy or – e-book version – if available)
4. Texas Rules of Evidence (can be viewed online or purchased, does not have an ISBN #)