For the first ten weeks, we'll use a pdf version of Moses, ASSIGNMENTS IN CRIMINAL TRIAL ADVOCACY (ACTA). This is a series of problems and discussion notes that together with the CTA web site contain the simulated litigation exercises that you will be performing during the first ten weeks of my course. Click Assignments for a list of the first ten weeks of problems and exercises. Per the initial instructions, obtain your DVD containing ACTA from the instructor's Staff Assistant in Room 620. As a bonus, on the same DVD you will also find a file containing the 1300+ page Moses, Criminal Practice Materials (CPM). The CPM provides technical and how-to-do-it-advice that may be helpful to you in getting ready to perform the simulated litigation exercises. It might be useful to you in practice.  You may copy any portions of the CPM solely for your personal use and with the understanding that you will not distribute, reprint, or republish to any other person or audience. There is no charge for the use of the Moses material. The DVD must be returned at the end of the course in useable condition.

You will also find a bountiful amount of free written criminal practice material on the CCJA web site. You are invited to use it as a free resource in Moses' CTA course and also when you begin your practice.

Without dedicated effort and desire on your part, no one can make you skilled. Reading ACTA, CPM, and the CCJA web site may help open the gate of proficiency.

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ASSIGNMENTS
FIRST ASSIGNMENT


CONTENTS OF CRIMINAL PRACTICE MATERIALS DVD
(PDF format)

  • CLIENT INTERVIEWING & COUNSELING IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 1
  • PRETRIAL AND TRIAL MOTIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 9
  • MAKING & MEETING OBJECTIONS plus THE TEXAS RULES OF EVIDENCE - ASST. 6
  • JURY DESELECTION (VOIR DIRE) IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 7
  • OPENING STATEMENT IN CRIMINALCASES - ASST. 8
  • DIRECT EXAMINATION IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 3
  • CROSS-EXAMINATION IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 4
  • INTRODUCING TANGIBLE EVIDENCE & ESTABLISHING FOUNDATIONS IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 2
  • EXPERT OPINION TESTIMONY & FORENSIC PATHOLOGY IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 5
  • JURY ARGUMENT IN CRIMINAL CASES - ASST. 8

USEFUL WEB SITES
CTA FORUM SUBSCRIPTION LINK
YOUR WITNESS ROLES FOR THE FIRST TEN WEEKS
PHISOSOPHY RE DEVELOPMENT OF TRIAL SKILLS
The Rules of Evidence! Gee, the old geezer said they're the rules of the game! Nahh...
Federal Rules of Evidence
INTRODUCTION
COURTROOM DEMEANOR
Texas Rules of Evidence
SYLLABUS
CCJA's List of Advocacy Publications
LexisNexis Law School Study Outlines for Law Students
LexisNexis Law School Study Outlines for Law Students

BOOKS

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Court Reporter's Manual
SCHEDULE OF MINI-TRIALS
LexisNexis Law School Study Outlines for Law Students
LexisNexis Law School Study Outlines for Law Students
LexisNexis Law School Study Outlines for Law Students