Contact Informationjrg@johngrassolaw.comThe Law Offices of John R. Grasso
John Grasso is sole practitioner in private practice specializing in criminal defense. He is a 2006 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law. Prior to attending law school he was a police officer with the Cranston Police Department.
LAW.750Criminal Litigation: Drafting & AdvocacyClick to Open
While less than one percent of all criminal cases go to trial, every criminal case involves a necessary knowledge of criminal pleadings and motions. This course will focus on pleadings, motions and related documents in all stages of a criminal case – from the arraignment through pre-trial, trial and post-conviction proceedings. Students will learn how to review, draft and argue criminal pleadings and motions from both the prosecution and defense perspective. The course is designed for prospective criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, appellate attorneys, and judicial law clerks in state and federal courts. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication or Criminal Procedure: Investigation, is considered helpful.
Course DegreeJuris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
PrerequisiteLAW.682 – Criminal Procedure: Adjudication LAW.627 – Criminal Procedure: Investigation
LAW.641Trial AdvocacyClick to Open
The trial advocacy course employs a learning-by-doing approach. Thus, most of the course will involve the practice of trial skills including direct and cross examination, opening statements, closing arguments, and jury selection, in a simulated courtroom environment. During the last two weeks of the course, each student will participate as co-counsel in a full-length simulated civil or criminal trial with a sitting Rhode Island judge or professor presiding.
Evidence is a prerequisite but may be taken concurrently with the permission of the Trial Advocacy instructor.