• Moderator: Dave Pugh
• Level: High School
• Days: Tuesday / Thursday
Lawyer, Mr. Pugh, looks for you to bring your best arguments, sharp minds and even sharper wit to the inaugural year of Moot Court. The class will focus on real cases and students will learn (i) how the criminal justice and jury systems really work, (ii) how to perform direct and cross examination of a witness, (iii) how to spot and take advantage of weaknesses in your opponent’s’ arguments, (iv) how to create and deliver powerful opening and closing arguments and (v) much more.
The class will be divided into teams: prosecutors and defense attorneys. Some “volunteers” from each team will be witnesses each week. The class will first learn the rudiments of putting on a case. Then they will put this knowledge to the test with real world cases.
This class may be a student’s first exposure to courtroom rules, evidence and the examination of witnesses. For students thinking about the law, this will be a great opportunity to learn from real world cases.
Mr. Pugh is an attorney working in criminal defense and immigration removal defense. He is the principal in The Pugh Law Group, PC in Waukegan, IL. He has been practicing for 17 years and has tried well over 100 trials as first chair.
Requirements: students will be required to work outside of class preparing their closing and opening arguments. They may also want to research specific points in the law.