UCLA Law Issues Inaugural Cappello Certificates in Trial Advocacy

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UCLA School of Law bestowed its first two certificates in trial advocacy to graduates Jason Brower and Gerard Gully at the law school’s commencement ceremony in May 2018.

Initiated in 2017 with the launch of the A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy at UCLA Law, the certificates are awarded to highly qualified students who compete a rigorous sequence of courses, clinics and competitions that train them for careers as successful courtroom advocates.

Both Brower and Gully passed the California bar exam in July 2018 and are working in Orange County. Gully is an attorney in the office of the Orange County District Attorney. Brower is a law clerk with the Brower Law Group in Laguna Hills.

During their time at UCLA Law, Brower and Gully earned their certificates by completing a demanding slate of curricular and co-curricular activities, including courses in trial advocacy, evidence, multiple advanced courses such as a practical-skills clinics, and trial competitions.

The Cappello program was founded by renowned Santa Barbara litigator A. Barry Cappello ’65 and is directed by lecturer in law Justin Bernstein, a veteran litigator and trial advocacy educator who joined UCLA Law in 2018 after serving as associate director of trial advocacy at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law.