Each semester, A. Barry Cappello '65 hosts The Art of the Trial, where he and other leading practitioners discuss their high-profile cases and address the real-world dimensions of trial practice, from jury selection and class-action litigation to strategies for preserving issues on appeal. The Art of the Trial series takes students beyond coursework and provides them practical tools they can use throughout their careers Guest speakers have included Thomas Nolan, chair of Skadden's West Coast litigation practice; acclaimed trial lawyer Brian Panish of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP; veteran trial consultant Noelle Nelson; and appellate expert Norman Pine of Pine Pine Freeman Tillett.
An annual lecture series launched in 1993 and named in honor of the late Los Angeles litigator, the Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture features some of the most prominent trial advocates in the country talking about issues affecting litigation, litigation practice and the court system. Past Irving Green lecturers have included Los Angeles civil rights and criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.; famed Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Harland Braun '67; nationally-recognized class-action expert Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; and Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Read about past recipients.
The Cappello Program also hosts lectures on practical, contemporary topics. For example, we hosted Women in the Courtroom, in which trial attorneys Amanda Bonn from Susman Godfrey and J'me Forrest from Munger, Tolles & Olson discussed challenges that women face in the courtroom—and strategies for overcoming them.