:Negligence per se (Petrillo V. Peony Estates)

HON 101 Mock Trial – Final Project  (worth 20% of your final grade)


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The final project for HON 101 is in two parts (each is required).  The final project (typed, in 12 pt. Times New Roman font; 2x spaced) is due at the start of our CEP week meeting, which is: Thursday, December 17, 1:40-3:30.


Part 1:  Looking at the “Midlands Case Law” and the witnesses’ testimony and exhibits, argue whether or not—under Midlands law—Peony Estates should be found liable in a negligence per se case.  Make sure to explain what negligence per se is according to the law of Midlands, and make sure to cite at least three cases.  (5½ pages)


Part 2:  Create an affidavit of a NEW witness for this case.  (This could be an eyewitness, an expert witness, a character who was mentioned but doesn’t have an affidavit, or someone else who knows something about the case and can offer relevant testimony.  (4½ pages)


Your final project grade is based partly on your presentation during this CEP time.  We will spend our CEP class time introducing these new characters and reading from the affidavits.  Reminder: this is to be your own work; you can refer to other characters and events, but do not copy verbatim from other affidavits.




ALTERNATIVE to the Final Project:


As noted on the syllabus (and discussed briefly at the beginning of the semester), interested participants will be invited to join the Buffalo State mock trial team and compete in our regional tournament(s) in January and/or February of this year.  (Space on the team is limited, so, if there is room, preference will be given to those who have done well in this course.)


Because competing will entail extra work and extra meetings on your end, you will be exempt from the Final Project (described above).  (And don’t worry—if you are unable to join the competition team this year, you will still have the opportunity to join in future years, and you’ll already have a leg up, knowing trial procedure and advocacy.)


Instead of completing the final project for this course, you will be required to compete at our official spring tournament, which will be during the mornings and afternoons of a weekend in February (specific dates TBD).  If you choose this option, you are committing to this tournament, and your grade will basically be showing up prepared.  There will also be an optional invitational tournament at the end of January (before the spring semester begins).


It is likely that you would compete for one side (only one trial each day), and I will do my best to make sure you would compete in one of the roles you have already practiced or possibly in a new role—only if you want.  Over break, you and the current team members will all work together (over email, GoogleDocs or Zoom) in polishing up your material.


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