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Baylor Law School To Hold Trial Skills Seminar Sept. 25

Sept. 23, 2010

By Brittany Hardy

For the first time in recent memory, Baylor Law School will hold a seminar on basic trial skills for beginning law students and others interested in advocacy. The workshop, which will include lectures aimed at a diversified audience, will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25, in room 127 at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center.

The idea is to acquaint high school students, undergraduate students and first quarter law students with an introductory understanding of courtroom fundamentals. Lectures include "Courtroom Demeanor," presented by Professor Gerald Powell, "Opening Statements," presented by Professor Jeremy Counseller, "Direct Examination," presented by Professor Jim Wren, "Cross Examination," presented by Counseller and "Closing Argument," presented by Powell.

"We've never really done anything like this before. Traditionally students would only get instruction on these skill areas in class or if they happened to be on an advocacy team. This gives them a chance, earlier in their law school careers, to be exposed to these skills," said Kathy Serr, Advocacy Program Coordinator.

Participants should contact Serr via e-mail, Kathy_Serr@baylor.edu, but the event is open to all and is free of charge.

"There will be a broad range of audience. It'll be basic, but it should hopefully give folks an idea of what [trials] should look like and what it takes to be successful," Serr said.

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