John Barylick


AB, Brown University
JD, Boston University School of Law


3 credits

On February 20, 2003 a heavy metal band set off pyrotechnics inside a crowded Rhode Island nightclub, igniting foam insulation on the walls. The ensuing fire and panic killed 100 persons and injured hundreds more, spawning civil litigation that lasted seven years. This interactive seminar, conducted by a BU Law alumnus who was a lead attorney representing plaintiffs in that litigation, explores the legal and ethical issues faced by attorneys in that case. While the factual context of this seminar is tort-based, emphasized skills will be useful for all future litigators. John Barylick's book, KILLER SHOW: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert, is the seminar's main text and a jumping-off point for explorations of: legal ethics, civil procedure, plaintiff selection, defendant selection and liability theories, formal and informal discovery methods, mediation and formulation of a damages distribution plan. Audiovisuals include materials from the Station Fire case and mediations. Additional readings include sections of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Title 28 of the United States Code, law review articles and pleadings from the case. There will be a few short (2-3 page) assignments and in-class role-playing exercises, including depositions and mediation. There will be a final written assignment, rather than a final exam. NOTE: This class does not satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. This course satisfies the upper-class Professional Skills requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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 2017: LAW JD 976 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 10:40 am 12:40 pm 3 John Barylick LAW
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