John MacDonald is a trial attorney specializing in criminal defense, immigration law, and post-conviction relief. He is the former President of the Rhode Island Assocaition of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the author of a book entitled "Rhode Island Criminal Defense: A Practice Manual".
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.