The Art of the Trial
Once each semester, A. Barry Cappello '65 is joined by other leading practitioners to examine high-profile cases in which they've been involved 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 with practical tools they will use throughout their careers.
Guest speakers have included Thomas Nolan, chair of Skadden's West Coast litigation practice; veteran trial consultant Noelle Nelson; and appellate expert Norman Pine of Pine Pine Freeman Tillett.
The Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture
An annual lecture series launched in 1988 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 famed Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Harland Braun '67; nationally-recognized class-action expert Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Los Angeles civil rights and criminal defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.; and Kenneth Feinberg, special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Each semester, the Cappello Program will host 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.