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287.8 sec. 1 - Constitutional Litigation (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Fred Smith  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 2:10-3:25
Meeting Location: 132

Course Start: August 22, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49825

This class explores federal constitutional litigation. Students will read and discuss the most important cases and statutes governing actions in which plaintiffs have sought damages or injunctive relief from government actors to vindicate federal rights . Students will also connect the substantive law to the practical and strategic choices a civil rights lawyer makes before and during litigation. In addition, the class will work through a number of problems to explore what parties may be sued, what relief may be available, and what means of proof are most likely to lead to a favorable result. Students will also explore how lawyers obtain attorneys fees upon obtaining a favorable result.

Students will be graded on the basis of a take-home final examination, as well as participation in discussion and problem-solving.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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  • Constitutional Torts
    Sheldon H. Nahmod, Michael L. Wells, Thomas A. Eaton,
    Publisher: Matthew Bender & Co
    ISBN: 9781422470275
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $15.00
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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