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Topic: Legal Studies Honors Information Session
Date: Apr 12, 2022 04:59 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Access Passcode: KR$&uJ44
In Fall 2022, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law JD Professional Skills Class (Depositions: Law 246.3), taught by Professor Henry Hecht.
Professor Hecht seeks six (6) students to serve as role-playing witnesses. Students selected will be expected to prepare in advance by reading a witness statement and a limited amount of background material. Witnesses will then be expected to participate during the semester in six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on September 20, September 27, October 18, October 25, November 15, and November 22. During those classes, you will play the role of a witness for either the plaintiff or the defendant in a mock case. Students selected must be able to commit to attending all six (6) Tuesday afternoon classes.
Professor Hecht's Depositions course is a lawyering skills course, in which Berkeley Law students, working in small groups, simulate the process of preparing witnesses for their depositions and then taking as well as defending their depositions. Practicing Bay Area lawyers attend these sessions, observe the law students in action, and critique their performances. (Note: A deposition is a pre-trial legal procedure in which witnesses in a civil lawsuit answer questions by the opposing parties under oath, typically in a law office rather than a courtroom.)
Playing the role of a witness will allow you to gain insight into the US system of civil litigation and to see it in operation. In addition, it will provide you with a chance to meet and talk with Berkeley Law students and Bay Area attorneys. Finally, witnesses will earn a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their service.
Please apply by e-mail to Professor Hecht at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy of your message to Monique Sanchez, his Faculty Support Assistant, at email@example.com, by no later than Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please include the words “Application to be a Witness” and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail. In your cover message, please include a brief statement about why you are interested in taking part in this class; and attach your resume.
Students' applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his decisions by no later than Friday, September 9, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
OPTION: Earn 1 Unit of LS 199 Course Credit for Supervised Independent Research with Professor Perry
Students who choose this OPTION have the opportunity to earn one unit of LS 199 P/NP course credit for their service as a witness in Professor Hecht’s Depositions class under the supervisor of Professor Perry. In order to earn this supervised independent research credit, students will be required to do some additional readings on the civil litigation process and on the participant observation method, which are described below. At the end of the semester, students selecting this option must submit a paper of at least ten pages in length, exclusive of notes and bibliography. The requirements for the LS 199 course credit, offered by Professor Perry, are described below.
Requirements for LS 199 credit:
i. Attend all six (6) class role playing sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii. Take notes on what you did and what you observed, preferably in a small note pad, organized by the date of the session; and submit the raw, handwritten pages along with your final paper;
iii. Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how those method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv. Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions depositions;
v. Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.
If you want to pursue this option, specify that in your cover message to Professor Hecht when you apply; and he will let Professor Perry know.
Currently, we are seeking students interested in assuming an executive, leadership role in our organization. These roles will help assist in club administration, and play a crucial role in expanding/promoting the Vanguard @ Berkeley. Below are the open positions and application link:
- Co Editor-in-Chief: Expertise or advanced editing knowledge required, passion for journalism/writing preferred. Co Editor-in-Chief will read and edit approximately 6 publishings from club journalists per week.
- Communications/ Social Media Coordinator: Social media and networking knowledge required, passion for media or communication preferred. Manage and promote Vanguard's social media presence on LinkedIn and Instagram.
- Vanguard "Community Liaison": Build and maintain relationships with student organizations at UC Berkeley (e.g. Suitcase Clinic, People’s Park, ASUC). Track and communicate any upcoming protests, community events, or Berkeley City Council meetings to club leadership for meeting agendas.
Applications will be accepted until May 12. Interviews will be conducted virtually between May 16- May 18. Link application here: https://forms.gle/R8nh1YxWoEnu6a7s7.
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