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287.8 sec. 1 - Constitutional Litigation (Fall 2014)

Instructor: Fred Smith  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 3:35-4:50
Meeting Location: 170

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49850

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 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
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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  • Constitutional Torts
    Sheldon H. Nahmod, Michael L. Wells, Thomas A. Eaton,
    Edition: 3rd / 2010
    Publisher: Matthew Bender & Co
    ISBN: 9781422470275
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $199.25
    Price Source: abebooks

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