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244.1 sec. 001 - Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Anne Bloom  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32138

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

The subject of this course is complex civil litigation. The complexity stems from, among other things, technical issues, high moral or monetary stakes, multiple parties, and multiple jurisdictions in a federal system. We will focus in particular on how the litigation process deals with situations where many persons have been affected by the defendant's conduct. To start, we will revisit some topics covered in the first-year procedure course, including jurisdiction, preclusion, and simple joinder, among others. We will then delve deeply into material you may not have covered in depth, or at all, in the first year, primarily class actions and multidistrict litigation (MDL)--and how they fit into the larger procedural system. The material is difficult and deals with issues that have been perennial subjects of judicial and political controversy, in Congress and state legislatures, in a divided Supreme Court, and in the federal rulemaking process. We will master the relevant doctrine and policy, nurture the ability to think like a lawyer about the many strategic and tactical issues involved in litigating these cases on both sides of the "v.", and investigate the policy choices involved in designing systems to deal with cases of this kind. This course is important, if not essential, for prospective litigators; pure pleasure for procedure enthusiasts.

Civil Procedure

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure

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  • Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Advanced Civil Procedure
    Richard L. Marcus, Edward F. Sherman & Howard M. Erichson
    Edition: 6th/ 2015
    ISBN: 9781628101423
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $243.00
    Price Source: user provided

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