Criminal trial to take place at OCU law school

District Judge Jerry D. Bass, who got his law degree from Oklahoma City University, says trial will expose students to the ‘real world'
by Tim Willert Published: October 14, 2012
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“For many of us, there is no greater way to learn how to do something than by seeing it,” she said. “I can't count how many litigators have told me that the best way to learn how to become a good litigator is by watching good litigators.” 

The trial will return to Bass' courtroom for closing arguments and jury deliberation.

“This is an opportunity for our students to see what criminal trial litigation is really like and to see the rules of evidence in action,” said Valerie Couch, law school dean.

Dan Morgan is a longtime OCU law school professor who teaches trial practice. He and Bass have worked together for two years to bring a trial to the university.

“Litigation is the way our legal system operates, and I think out students need to see up-close and personal how this works,” Morgan said Friday. “That's what the lion's share of them are training for.”

Morgan, who has been teaching law courses at OCU since 1981, is planning to retire as a full-time professor in the spring of 2013.

“I really appreciate the super effort that Judge Bass has made to do this,” he said. “So having one last fling to get this trial is something that is very important to me and something that will make a difference to our students.”


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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