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RMKB Partner, Michon Spinelli recently taught at University of San Francisco School of Law’s Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP)

6/6/2017

RMKB Partner, Michon Spinelli recently taught at University of San Francisco School of Law’s Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP), a two-week intensive course focusing on litigation and trial techniques and strategies. The program brings seasoned lawyers and judges from across the nation to train law students in the art of advocacy. The program features more than 80 hours of lectures, demonstrations, and practice workshops with experienced practitioners from across the country

Law students conduct portions of a simulated deposition and trial, receive critique, and review their recorded performances under the guidance of experienced faculty members. As IAP faculty, Ms. Spinelli provided demonstrations and suggestions to improve the students’ skills. Topics covered included taking and defending depositions, evidence, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, direct and cross-examination of experts, jury selection, opening statements, and closing arguments.  

At the conclusion of the program each student conducts a mock jury trial. The student lawyers work in teams of two and try either a civil or criminal case before a judge and jury. The pressures and challenges of trial practice give students the opportunity to bring together all of the acquired knowledge and skills developed in the various workshops over the course of the program.