244.1 sec. 1 - Complex Civil Litigation (Spring 2014)
"Legal Strategies in Complex Civil Litigation"
Instructor: Vaughn R Walker (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Elizabeth J. Cabraser (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: MTu 3:35-4:50
Meeting Location: 145
Course Start: January 06, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49661
Strategies in litigation are the product of many factors. This course will explore these factors from the points of view of lawyers, clients and decision-makers. Our emphasis will be on so-called complex litigation, such as cases involving high stakes, large volumes of relevant information, difficult technical and scientific issues, multiple parties or multiple forums. We will look at the challenges these cases present to the legal system and the increasingly innovative approaches that have been used to deal with them. Class actions, mass actions, arbitration of complex cases and the law and strategy of settlement and alternative dispute resolution in multiparty, multi-forum cases will play key roles in our course, as well as cases involving cutting-edge social and economic issues. Elizabeth Cabraser, Boalt '75, is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding plaintiff-side lawyers dealing with cases of the type this course will emphasize. Vaughn Walker, Stanford '70, served for twenty-one years as a federal district judge where he dealt with many cases of the type on which we will focus and before that practiced with a large San Francisco law firm.
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