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Practicing Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: Case File I

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David W. Miller
Professor of Law
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael Vitiello
Distinguished Professor of Law
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael R. Fontham
Adjunct Professor of Law
Tulane University Law School

2002. Pages 208. ISBN: 978-0-7355-2452-1. With Teacher's Manual.

About the Book

Practicing Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: Case File I is an engaging resource book for teaching written and oral advocacy in various instructional formats in law school. It contains realistic litigation documents that raise a manageable number of factual and legal issues of different degrees of complexity and sophistication.

Coburn v. Martinez, the fictitious case on which Case File I is based, tells the story of a former psychotherapy patient's effort to prevent dissemination of audio tape recordings of her confidential psychotherapy sessions. The backdrop against which this story unfolds is a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed prisoner. The medium of the threatened dissemination is the Internet, which raises cutting-edge legal issues and lends a rich and contemporary context. Students find the story quite interesting—indeed, those who are not too jaded describe it as "gripping."