Federal Civil Practice (S)


This seminar will focus on the specific application of the federal rules of civil procedure to pretrial civil practice. Each pretrial phase of a case (from the complaint to the answer to motions to dismiss to discovery to summary judgment) will be unpacked with reference to the applicable civil rules. The idea is to reach the same level of detail in analysis and close reading of the rules as that required of a new litigation associate. This will involve considerations of computation of time, deadlines, pleading rules, Rule 12, Rule 16, Rule 26, the local rules of civil procedure, and the like. The class will proceed with students drafting and discussing the various documents relevant to pretrial procedure. From a prewritten factual scenario, students will draft complaints, answer their colleagues' complaints, move to dismiss their colleagues' complaints, draft discovery documents, move for summary judgment, etc. Grades will be derived from classroom discussion and written product. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Fall 2016: LAW JD 785 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
A1Stephen M. Donweber3Wed10:40 am - 12:40 pmLAW418