Erin Kelly : Courses and Seminars
(++, SKLL, BID, SIM, LEC)This seminar will focus on litigation strategies and skills that are instrumental in the day-to-day life of a litigator, many of which are used in both the pretrial and trial phases of litigation. Students will get to interview witnesses, negotiate discovery disputes, take depositions, cross-examine witnesses and draft and argue motions in limine, in addition to learning to evaluate and develop facts and legal theories and study tactical moves to disarm the opposing side and narrow the case for trial. The seminar employs a variety of learning methodologies, including lectures, small group discussions, and participation in mock exercises with live witnesses. Students taking Pre-Trial Advocacy are also eligible to enroll in the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop. Because of the overlap in topics, students are ineligible for Pre-Trial Advocacy if they have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following litigation clinics: Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic; Civil Rights Clinic: Police Accountability; Mental Health Litigation Clinic; Complex Mental Health Litigation Clinic; Exoneration Project Clinic; Employment Discrimination Clinic; Abrams Environmental Law Clinic; and Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. The student's grade is based on class participation, including participation in mock exercises, and written work product.
Erin Kelly, Lisa A. Hausten