Stephen M. Donweber
Lecturer of Law
A.B., Cornell University
J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law
M.L.I.S., Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies
Banking and Financial Law Research: LAW JD 718
Banking law has been at the epicenter of recent economic events and major reforms have been passed by Congress and now need to be implemented. Learn how to find laws and regulations, use specialized practice materials and search for agency issuances, among other research tasks. Lawyers practicing banking law often use licensed products other than LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg in their offices. Students will become familiar with these products in this class. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print, electronic, and web based resources for banking law research. Students will be required to complete an assignment for every class using electronic and print resources. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement. NOTE: Students may not add this course after the first class has been held. This course meets from 1/20/2016 to 2/24/2016.
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 718 A1 , Jan 20th to Feb 24th 2016
Discovery: Theory & Practice (S): LAW JD 747
This seminar will involve an in-depth examination of discovery practice under the federal rules of civil procedure. The topics to be covered are set out below. Grades will be derived from a final paper, mini-quizzes and assignments, and classroom participation. There is no required text. 1. History and purpose of discovery. 2. Discovery abuse. 3. Rule 26. The scope of discovery and the major limitations on the scope of discovery. 4. Rule 26. The conference of the parties and planning for discovery. The impact of the local rules on discovery. 5. Rule 26. Self-executing disclosures and expert discovery. 6. e-discovery. 7. Written discovery. Rules 33, 34, and 36 (interrogatories, document requests, and requests for admission). 8. Deposition discovery. Rules 30-32. Rule 45 subpoenas. 9. Rule 37. Failure to cooperate in discovery. Sanctions. 10. Rule 37. Discovery motion practice. 11. Effective discovery. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the upper-class professional skills requirement. RESTRICTION: Students who completed E-discovery (JD 795) may not enroll. 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.
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 747 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 747 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Evidence: LAW JD 831
Practical and theoretical aspects of the rules of evidence. The purpose and policies underlying the evidentiary rules are stressed throughout in order to make the rules meaningful, predictable, and functional both for students interested in trial practice and for students who anticipate engaging in a more diversified practice. In addition to covering the substantive rules of evidence, the course demonstrates the significance of evidence as a tactical device at the trial and as a vital skill for the office lawyer. GRADING NOTICE: Judge Lowy's section will not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2015: LAW JD 831 A1 , Aug 31st to Dec 2nd 2015
FALL 2015: LAW JD 831 P1 , Sep 1st to Dec 3rd 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 831 L1 , Jan 11th to Apr 20th 2016
FALL 2016: LAW JD 831 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
FALL 2016: LAW JD 831 P1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 831 D1 , Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 831 L1 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
Federal Civil Practice (S): LAW JD 785
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 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Introduction to American Law: LAW JD 700
The class covers the basic structure and function of US legal institutions: the congress, the president, and regulatory agencies, and, especially, the federal courts. It examines the role of state law and state courts in the American system of federalism. The course also studies the American judicial processes of constitutional analyses, interpretation of statues, and development of common law. Some attention is paid to court procedures, including trial by jury. Finally, students study a few topics that are illustrative of the treatment of individual rights in American law, such as freedom of speech, anti-discrimination law, and protection of private property. The class grants two credits towards the American Law degree.
FALL 2015: LAW JD 700 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 8th 2015
FALL 2016: LAW JD 700 A1 , Sep 6th to Nov 15th 2016
Prof Resp/Llm: LAW JD 701
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 701 A1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 701 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017
Professional Responsibility: LAW JD 984
This course offers an approach to the lawyer's responsibilities to clients, the profession, and the public. Topics addressed will be problems of disclosure, conflict of interest, advertising, adversary tactics, competence, attorney fees, and fiduciary duties. NOTE: This course satisfies the upper-class professional responsibility requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.
FALL 2015: LAW JD 984 A1 , Sep 1st to Dec 3rd 2015
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 984 M1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
SPRG 2016: LAW JD 984 P1 , Jan 12th to Apr 19th 2016
FALL 2016: LAW JD 984 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
FALL 2016: LAW JD 984 H1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
SPRG 2017: LAW JD 984 P1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2017