A judge’s first impression of a lawyer is often based on the quality of his or her papers. That impression had better be a good one. This course, taught by a superior court judge, will teach students how to effectively draft motions and argue them in a real-world setting. Utilizing a variety of fact patterns, students will develop a portfolio of written work and will receive feedback aimed at building confidence in courtroom advocacy.



  • Judge Edward Torpoco

This course is a survey of the principles of law and rules governing the admissibility of proof at criminal or civil trials, including direct and cross-examination of witnesses, impeachment of credibility, expert testimony, hearsay, privileged communication, and documentary proof. Prerequisite: Civil Procedure I, Co-requisite: Civil Procedure II.


  • Judge Steckler
  • Prof. Kaelyn Romey
  • Prof. Will Morehead

In this course, students handle every aspect of the pretrial preparation of a civil lawsuit. They proceed from the initial client contact, through formulating client representational strategy, to developing a case theory. They draft all the case pleadings as well as motions challenging the sufficiency of the pleadings. Students also engage in all aspects of fact investigation. The course ends with a pre-trial settlement conference.


  • Prof. Louie Castoria

Apply the skills learned in Trial Advocacy in the context of a criminal case. The class is divided into trial teams assigned to prosecution or defense. The class begins with the staging of a mock crime, it is reported, a suspect is arrested, charges are filed, and the prosecution commences. The class proceeds through major phases of a criminal trial.


  • Prof. Will Morehead
  • Prof. Jennifer Redding
  • Prof. Brian Feinberg
  • Prof. Ryan Wagner

Most civil lawsuits are won and lost in discovery. Develop a strong foundation for one of the most critical phases of civil pretrial discovery – the deposition. Learn techniques and strategies developed to maximize your time during a deposition and to get at the heart of the other side’s case. This course will cover how to prepare for a deposition, effectively use documents during a deposition, deal with difficult counsel, and defend against a deposition.



  • Prof. Kaelyn Romey
  • Prof. Chris Martiniak

In this class you will develop core competencies in eDiscovery, and learn to manage the risks associated with identification, preservation, collection and production of electronically stored information (ESI). ESI comprises approximately 90% of documents produced in a litigation (emails, network databases, Word, excel, social media and cellular data), and ESI significantly increases in volume and complexity with each passing year. Leave this course with an understanding of how to satisfy your eDiscovery obligations under Federal and California law.



  • Prof. Jen Coleman

You’ve lived with the case for years, immersed in every little detail. But now it’s time for trial: what will a jury think? This course will teach you how to think through your case like a juror and prepare it for a lay audience, how to write and conduct effective voir dire to identify (and strike) problematic or biased jurors, and how to strategically select the best jury you can.


  • Prof. Alex Jakle

This course will prepare 1st STEP students for their summer trial and evidence program by teaching them basic trial skills necessary to become successful litigators in the courtroom. The course will teach students an overview of litigation, including the differences between civil and criminal law. Students will participate in drafting and arguing a motion, will learn to prepare and be a good witness, and begin the process of reviewing a case file and putting together a trial. Students will end the course presenting jury addresses in a mock-trial setting. The course is designed to provide students with feedback and guidance to prepare them for the intensive summer litigation program. Open only to students applying for 1st STEP.



  • Prof. Ben Mains
  • Prof. Brian Feinberg

Learn the secrets, shortcuts and pitfalls from an experienced litigator. Gain hands-on experience and outsmart your opponents while avoiding discovery sanctions. You will practice draft and defend written discovery.


  • Prof. Gregory Stubbs

This course is open only to students who have been selected by the instructor to represent the law school in an inter-school mock trial competition. The number of mock trial competitions, and corresponding student competitors, varies from year to year. Selection to compete in mock trial competitions will be based upon an application and tryout open to all upper division students who have completed Evidence and have completed or are currently enrolled in Trial Advocacy. Consent of the instructor is required for registration in this course. Prerequisite: Evidence, Co-requisite: Trial Advocacy.


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This course teaches performance skills related to the use of voice, body, and movement in the context of the courtroom. It is designed for law students who want to improve their presentations as trial and appellate advocates or to simply be more effective in ordinary lawyer communications. The premise of the instructors is, “Lawyers don’t have a constitutional right to be boring!” This course is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.


  • Prof. Harriet Schiffer Scott

This is the entry course for the litigation program, and it teaches the basic skills needed by every lawyer going to court: conducting a direct examination of a witness, introducing documents and physical evidence, cross-examining witnesses, making and answering objections, and preparing opening statements and closing arguments. Much of the students’ work is videotaped. The final examination for this course is a full trial conducted in a local courthouse. This course counts toward completion of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Prerequisite/Corequisite (depending on the instructor): Evidence.


  • Prof. Samuel Luzadas
  • Judge Edward Torpoco

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Points of Contact

Kaelyn Romey

Litigation Center Director

  • 415-442-6668
  • kromey@ggu.edu


Litigation Center Associate Director

  • 415-369-5212
  • rbrockl@ggu.edu


Litigation Center Baxter Fellow

  • 415-369-5213
  • baxterfellow@ggu.edu