Warrior Motion Practice
Led by Zamir Ben-Dan
Zamir Ben-Dan is a community justice and criminal defense attorney; adjunct professor.
General Course Description
This course promotes the use of motion practice as a tool to address and challenge fundamental and/or social wrongs that impact our clients in the criminal legal system. It encourages lawyers to think outside the bounds of traditional legal and motion practice and empowers them to use relevant legal mechanisms to construct cogent and persuasive arguments for relief. The course will teach a four-step process of critical thinking that spurs creative ideas for practical solutions: pretrial motions for relief from unjust prosecution. The focus is on pretrial motion practice, separate and apart from suppression motions, trial motions and motions in limine. Warrior Motion Practice emphasizes the importance of putting these motions in writing, filing them, and getting a hearing and ruling on them. While persuasive legal writing is a relevant skill, participants should know that this is not a writing course. Rather, it is a course dedicated to developing a vigorous pretrial motion practice that shuts down fundamental wrongs that harm our clients.
- Attorneys and paralegals working in public defense at the trial level.
- People who want to improve their motion practice.
- People who want to develop innovative and effective strategies to combat fundamental wrongs inflicted by the criminal legal system on the poor.
Course length and time expectations for participants:
This course will take between 8 – 12 hours to complete over a four-week period.
- Week 1 will involve participants watching online course videos and participating in the course online forum.
- Week 2 will involve finishing the course videos up to and including the three practice examples, as well as the application of steps 1 and 2 of Warrior Motion Practice to each example. It will also consist of a Zoom session that will have small group discussions as well as a large group discussion and debrief. Week 2 Class duration - up to 90 minutes.
- Week 3 will involve working on at least one of three problems, applying all four steps of Warrior Motion Practice. At the end of the week, there will be a second Zoom session in which there will be small group discussions as well as a large group discussion and debrief. Week 3 Class duration - up to 90 minutes.
- Week 4 will provide an opportunity for participants to bring one of their own cases and work on Warrior Motion Practice in small groups. Week 4 Class duration – up to 2 hours.
Small Group Meetings: There will be 3 small group meetings required for this course. Fridays September 3rd, September 10, & September 17th at 2pm Eastern.
- Participants will learn how to identify nontraditional social and fundamental wrongs that show up in the prosecution of criminal cases and unjustly harm clients.
- Participants will be able to identify and develop the necessary facts and legal arguments necessary to build an effective and persuasive request for relief.
- Participants will learn and be able to apply a four-step critical thinking process to find legal recourse to address these wrongs through a pretrial motion.
***NAPD doesn't apply for CLE or track attendance to provide certifications for our live webinars, conferences and online courses. This helps us keep the price as low as possible and avoids the disruption of the flow of the training required by many states to verify attendance.