Helpful Materials

Video: May It Please the Court: Effective Oral Appellate Advocacy
The Utah Supreme Court case State v. Long was the basis for a program called "May It Please The Court: Effective Oral Appellate Advocacy." It was presented to public interest lawyers by Fellows of the College and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers - the first time these organizations have collaborated.  A video of the full program, the written briefs that were the subject for the mock arguments and the opinion in the actual appeal are available by clicking here.

Defending Fairly – Our Brains on Race: Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety & Stereotype Threats as Obstacles to Fairness
Prepared by the Perception Institute in cooperation with the Public Defenders Committee, these videos come in two separate videos, each running one-hour long. In Part 1, Rachel Godsil, Director of Research and the Perception Institute and professor at Rutgers University Law School, and Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director of the Perception Institute, address racial paradoxes (why outcomes do not seem to align with society's egalitarian values) and implicit bias. In Part 2, Godsil covers racial anxiety, stereotype threat and then took questions from the audience.

Video: Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct Teaching Syllabus
The video presents ethical and professionalism vignettes with various fact patterns and suggestions to stimulate discussion. Accompanying the video is a teaching syllabus with references to applicable provisions of the American College of Trial Lawyers Code of Trial and Pretrial Conduct and the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Available on the College YouTube channel or on a thumb drive, the video presents ethical and professionalism vignettes with various fact patterns and suggestions to stimulate discussion. Prepared by the Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Contact National Office for a hard copy.

Video: Mock Trial Presentation
NITA Housing Authority v. LaDonna Johnson presents a mock trial that may be used in whole or in part. The video offers excellent trial practice training for trial lawyers, particularly public interest lawyers likely to handle cases similar to the one shown. The CLE presentation was prepared by the Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee with the assistance of Stetson University School of Law.  NITA Housing Authority v. Ladonna Johnson, presents a mock trial that may be used in whole or in part. The video offers excellent trial practice training for trial lawyers, particularly public interest lawyers likely to handle cases similar to the one shown. Also available on thumb drive, contact National Office for a copy.

Video: Persuasive Advocacy through Effective Writing #1 / Persuasive Advocacy through Effective Writing #2
Prepared by the Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee, this course have two parts, video #1 and video #2, available on CD/DVD, includes supplementary documentation to accompany the video portion of the program. The course is designed to be used in its entirety or in parts.

Taking and Defending Depositions
Prepared by the Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee, the video deals with the practical realities that conform every interrogator and defender.  The video consists of a series of video vignettes of lifelike deposition excerpts, followed by commentary from participating Fellows, as well as series of panel discussions on various deposition topics. Contact National Office for a copy.

Innovative Trial Preparation and Presentation
Prepared by the Arizona Fellows, this program discusses and explores the best available options during every phase of the trail process. By using the facts from real-life scenario, the program explores technical and non-technical options for lawyers. The daylong seminar focuses on the use of cutting-edge technology to assist voir dire, opening and closing statements; witness examination; exhibit presentation; and lawyer-client discussions and interactions regarding trial presentation. Contact National Office for a copy.