Robert G. Burdick

Director, Civil Litigation Program

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

BA, Harvard University
JD, Boston University

Areas of Interest
Civil Litigation, Legal Ethics
Contact
Biography

As director of the Civil Law Clinical Program, in which students represent clients in real-life cases, Robert Burdick comments, “It’s wonderful to watch students, who are just at the beginning of their careers, assume so much responsibility. They are fully aware of how high the stakes are for their clients, and they work very hard on their clients’ behalf.”

After joining the School of Law as a clinical instructor in 1975, Professor Burdick became acting director of the Legal Aid Program in 1977, and then its director in 1979. During his career, he has led significant litigation in a number of civil law areas involving anti-discrimination lawsuits, tenants’ rights cases and insurance company claim settlement practices. In addition, he has become a nationally recognized authority in the area of negotiation, leading training programs for the Washington State Legislature, Connecticut Legal Services and the Alaska Attorney General’s Office.

Recognizing the difficulty of teaching negotiation to law students, Professor Burdick has developed his own teaching model, which has been used to train School of Law students enrolled in the civil clinics. The model also has become the basis of an innovative negotiation “game,” which he uses to teach conflict resolution skills to middle school and high school students in the Boston area.

Publications
  1. Robert Burdick, Join Forces: A Leadership Negotiation Game, Negotiator Pro Company [A multidisciplinary negotiation game] (1996).
Courses

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Student in the Civil Litigation Program handle their own case loads, representing indigent clients in civil cases under the supervision of clinical faculty. Students may participate in the Program for either a full year (the Housing, Employment, Family and Disability Clinic (HEFD)) or for one semester (the Employment Rights Clinic (ERC)). Students participating in the HEFD Clinic work on cases in areas such as domestic relations, eviction defense, employment law and Social Security appeals. Students in the ERC represent clients in unemployment compensation cases, with a possibility of working on wage and hour disputes, discrimination/sexual harassment cases, and Family Medical Leave Act cases. PRE/CO-REQUISITES: Evidence. NOTE: The Civil Litigation Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2016: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 861 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 861 B1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 861 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 861 B2 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
ARR TBD TBD 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Pretrial Advocacy is the companion fall classroom component for students in the Civil Litigation Program HEFD and fall ERC clinics. Pretrial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students with two clinical professors per group. Classes are devoted to learning the theories of practice for use in the field, reinforced by activities and simulations in which students practice skills through role play. NOTE: Students who enroll in this component of the clinic may count the credits towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement or the Professional Responsibility requirement. It may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
FALL 2016: LAW JD 973 B1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
FALL 2017: LAW JD 973 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
FALL 2017: LAW JD 973 B1 , Sep 5th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 7:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Civil Litigation Program. Trial Advocacy is the companion spring classroom component for students in the Civil Litigation Program HEFD and spring ERC clinics. Trial Advocacy is taught in groups of roughly 14 students with two clinical professors per group. Classes are devoted to learning the theories of practice for use in the field, reinforced by activities and simulations in which students practice skills through role play. NOTE: The Civil Litigation Program satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement and counts towards the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne LAW
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 974 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 974 B1 , Jan 16th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Robert G. BurdickConstance A. Browne
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