American College of Trial Lawyers' Advanced Trial Skills Program

This is a one/two credit offering available to serious students of trial advocacy who intend to take their basic understanding of trial advocacy to the advanced level. Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers (the most selective of all trial lawyers organizations) will work with Professor Deise and Judge John Fader and Judge Smalkin at the U of Baltimore, the Univ of Md. Medical System and Johns Hopkins Hospital, to provide an inter-school, inter disciplinary collaboration involving the most talented and promising students from each school (10 students from each school). The members of this class will “learn at the feet of the masters” what to do and what not to do when in trial. Classes will deal with both the pre-trial and post-trial processes. Most other trial courses focus almost entirely on the trial phase while the focus of this course will be on important pre-trial as well as post trial issues, such as how to depose an expert witness (use of scientific evidence, etc.) as well as how to protect and collect a judgment. Doctors from UM and Hopkins will serve as expert witnesses and parties. The students will participate weekly to apply the doctrine discussed and will participate in a final trial.

In Spring 2020, the classes will meet both here at the law school and at UB.

Ceremonial Moot Courtroom - Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 9, Apr. 6

UB – Jan. 27, Feb. 24, Mar. 23

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course