Published on October 26, 2009 | by LawNews
Professors J. Herbie DiFonzo, Theo Liebmann, Andrew Schepard Lead Law Students in Trial Skills Program
On Saturday, October 17, 2009, law students and social work students engaged in a cross-disciplinary trial skills program led by faculty from Hofstra Law School and Hunter College School of Social Work, at Hunter’s School of Social Work. Hofstra Law students played the role of attorneys in a child dependency case, and Hunter students acted as expert social worker witnesses, in a full-day trial preparation workshop. The project, part of the Family Law with Skills Course taught by Professors Andrew Schepard and J. Herbie DiFonzo, is designed to teach the skills of case theory development, witness preparation and witness examination that lawyers and social workers must use in real cases. Theo Liebmann, Professor of Clinical Law and Attorney-In-Charge at the Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic, led the workshop, which he had designed with experts from New York and around the country. Professors Schepard and DiFonzo participated, along with volunteer experts in law and social work.