Lectures by Experienced Attorney, Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers

Thursday, 14. September
From 18th till 29th September, every working day, from 9.45 till 13.05 at Rezekne Academy of Technologies, room 124, Patrick McNulty, experienced attorney, Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, will deliver a series of lectures “Constitutional Rights in the United States and Jurisprudence of the Federal Supreme Court in Civil, Administrative, and Criminal Matters”.


Target group: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students of study programme “Law”.

Within the programme of the course Prof. Patrick McNulty will address the following issues:

  • Introduction to Federal Courts and the American Jury (FEDERAL COURTS AND JURIES);
  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Governing Trials and Federal Rules of Evidence (PROCEDURE AND EVIDENCE);
  • Trying a Federal Civil Case Before a Jury: Questioning of Jurors, Opening Statements, and Direct Examination of Witnesses (COURTROOM PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUES -PART 1);
  • Trying a Federal Civil Case Before a Jury: Cross-Examination of Witnesses, Judge's Instructions to the Jury, and Closing Arguments (COURTROOM PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUES- PART 2);
  • Miscellaneous Trial Practice Features: Mediation and Arbitration, Mock Jury Trial, Computer Animation as Evidence, and the Trial of Administrative Cases (MISCELLANEOUS TRIAL FEATURES);
  • Discussion of the Original US Constitution and Judicial Review of Presidential and Legislative Acts (CONSTITUTION AND JUDICIAL REVIEW);
  • Discussion of The Bill of Rights -the First 10 Amendments to the Constitution (BILL OF RIGHTS);
  • The Role of Slavery in the Development of US Constitutional Law and the Fourteenth Amendment Guarantee of Due Process and Equal Protection (DUE PROCESS AND EQUAL PROTECTION);
  • Landmark Cases of the US Supreme Court - Free speech, Exercise of Religion, and Right to Bear Arms and Own Guns (US SUPREME COURT CASES ON INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS);
  • Landmark Cases of US Supreme Court - Rights of Criminal Defendants (CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF CRIMINAL DEFENDANTS).

Patrick McNulty is an attorney with over 35 years of practical and academic experience; the author or co-author of more than ten scientific publications on various law issues, including freedom of expression and prevention of intrusion into private lives.

He is of counsel in the firm Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. (Iowa, USA); from 2015 till 2016 has worked at International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague (the Netherlands).

Patrick McNulty is a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.


This course of lectures is supported by the Center for International Legal Studies, Austria.

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