Case Files for Basic Trial Advocacy


By H. Mitchell Caldwell

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The second edition of these case files include a variety of civil and criminal fact patterns that provide students the opportunity to try their hand at opening statements and closing arguments, as well as at direct and cross-examinations. The case files also provide opportunities for pretrial motion exercises and jury selection exercises. There is a companion text book entitled The Art & Science of Trial Advocacy by the same group of authors. These case files are a manageable length for weekly or bi-weekly assignments. The following case files are included:

  • United States of America v. William Stevens (criminal case alleging bank robbery);
  • Jeffrey Kent v. Bonds RentalsJ(civil case alleging failure to warn);
  • State of Golden v. Steven MacNamara (criminal case alleging domestic violence);
  • James Price v. GEM Corporation (civil case alleging unlawful termination);
  • Rusty Maxell v. Terry Chester (civil case alleging breach of contract);
  • State of Golden v. Sunny Grifford (criminal case alleging DUI and hit and run);
  • Sam Spencer v. Teresa More (civil case alleging negligent entrustment);
  • Nicole Gail v. Peter Novak (civil case alleging undue use of force);
  • Cameron Hillman v. Mutual Life Insurance Company (civil case alleging failure to pay insurance proceeds);
  • State of Golden v. Richard Buck (criminal case alleging murder);
  • William Striver and Frances Gomez v. Rancho Fire Department (civil case alleging unfair employment practices);
  • State of Golden v. Jake Chambers (criminal case alleging sexual assault); and
  • Sandra Mountain v. Tyler County Sheriff's Department, et al. (civil case involving wrongful death).
  • Case Files for Basic Trial Advocacy