NEW ORLEANS -- Laura K. Gasiorowski of Stahl Criminal Defense Lawyers is once again teaching the Pre-Trial Motion Litigation Intersession Bootcamp at Tulane University’s School of LawJanuary 8-13, 2018. The program provides second and third year law students at Tulane Law School with practical pre-trial motion litigation experience.
The reputation of the program has grown since its inception in 2012, attracting a diverse group of prominent criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors from across the United States. Ms. Gasiorowski co-authored the curriculum and wrote the materials with Professor Herbert V. Larson, Jr., Executive Director of the Law School's International Legal Programs and Executive Director of Graduate Legal Programs. She co-chaired the program with him until 2015, when Katherine Mattes, Director of Tulane’s Criminal Justice Clinic, took the helm. Ms. Gasiorowski is invited back every year to participate as an instructor, along with other nationally known attorneys who come from all around the country to participate as instructors and panel participants in lectures. The program has grown over the years, providing students with intensive practical skills instruction rarely taught at traditional law schools.
Enthusiastic support from participants has garnered national recognition for Tulane University School of Law by National Jurist Magazine as one of America's 20 most innovative law schools in 2012. It has become a model for other law schools who have begun to create similar programs.
This popular course provides instruction on case preparation, including:
- Interviewing clients and witnesses
- Counseling clients
- Drafting pre-trial motions such as motions to suppress, motions to dismiss, and 404(b) motions
- Arguing pretrial motions.
At the conclusion of a week of daily motion preparation and argument, interspersed with lectures and panel discussions, students brief and argue a suppression motion in the courtrooms of federal and state court judges who volunteer to “judge” the law students’ performances in a mock motion hearing.
Ms. Gasiorowski earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Tulane University School of Law in 1994. She is proud to have been involved in this groundbreaking program from its inception, and honored to be invited to return each year.