McGeorge School of Law

Vitiello's Book Kicks Off West's New Series

May 21, 2012

Professor Michael Vitiello

Professor Michael Vitiello

Professor Michael Vitiello's book, Criminal Procedure Simulations, is the first published in West's new Bridge to Practice Series.

The books will supplement traditional casebooks in courses across the curriculum and are designed to let students see how abstract legal rules work in practice. Vitiello, who proposed the series concept to the publishing house in early 2011, has finished a similar exercise book for Civil Procedure, which will be published in July, and is at work on another book on Criminal Law.

Distinguished Professor and Scholar John Sprankling is writing a series book about Property Law. Professors Fred Galves and Jay Leach have signed a contract to deliver a book on Evidence, as has Professor Larry Levine for Torts.

"The series is responsive to the call to action by the Carnegie Report for more attention to the second apprenticeship and the demands that young lawyers have greater practical skills," Vitiello said. "The books contain sets of simulations, covering a wide array of issues, that give students the opportunity to learn essential lawyering skills These simulations put students in roles of counselor, oral advocate, and legal writer."

Vitiello, a member of the McGeorge faculty since 1990, is one of the law school's most prolific scholars. He is particularly well-known for his work on sentencing reform and his scholarship on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.