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245.11 sec. 001 - Pretrial Civil Written Discovery Theory, Practice, and Procedure (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Alisa A. Givental  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32963

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 21
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course is a deep dive into pre-trial civil written discovery. Mastery of this subject is crucial to the practice of law. Yet practitioners often gripe that they hate discovery - it is time-consuming, fact-(rather than law)-oriented, and contentious. Out-of-law-school hires often know little or nothing about it, though it is one of the few aspects of civil litigation that can be, with preparation, immediately accessible to them. The goal of this course, therefore, is to develop a skillset for you to participate in substantive lawyering early in your legal career.

The course will revolve around a fictional dispute. You will represent the plaintiff or defendant, devise the appropriate litigation strategy, and execute the written discovery portion thereof. This means, among other things, drafting discovery requests, objections, responses, meet and confer letters, and motions to compel, and occasionally making an oral argument before a “judge.”

Instructor Background: Alisa Givental is a Berkeley Law graduate (class of 2010) and a practicing attorney. She is a member at the Severson & Werson law firm in San Francisco. In her decade of practicing law, Ms. Givental has litigated hundreds of single-plaintiff cases in a broad range of practice areas, with a primary focus on financial services and defending claims under various state and federal statutes.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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