Mark’s areas of specialty include construction defect and real estate litigation, as well as general liability and personal injury defense. Mark is skilled in all aspects of litigation and represents a variety of clients, including some of nation’s largest builders. Mark currently serves as Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law where he teaches Appellate Advocacy and Moot Court. While in law school, Mark was a member of 2005 Hastings moot court team that won the National Moot Court Competition, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious competition. Later in 2005, Mark’s team won the Jerome Prince Evidence Competition and also took Best Brief honors.
- University of California, Hastings (J.D., 2005)
- University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2002)
Author, Your Skills: Preparedness Is Next to Godliness in Successful Mediation, The Recorder, March 2014
It is perhaps fitting that simply parsing the meaning of the term voir dire is itself not a straightforward endeavor. When translated from modern French, it is said to mean alternatively “to see and to say” or “to see [them] say,” both of which seem to characterize, accurately enough, the current legal process in question. However, the term has its actual origin in the Anglo-Norman language, where it means “that which is true.” Voir dire was originally a term coined in common law courts to describe the oath taken by jurors when challenged. Now the term is used to more broadly describe the process by which jurors are questioned on their backgrounds and potential biases prior to being selected to sit on the jury.
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