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244.42 sec. 001 - Litigation 101 (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Shaudy Danaye-Armstrong  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 111
From January 13, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 13, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 31912

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 18
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

What are the first years of litigation practice at a law firm like? How should young litigators best set themselves up for success? What are some basic dos and don'ts in early litigation practice?

We divide the class into plaintiff and defendant, and litigate through each stage of a simulated case. Throughout the substantive journey of our hypothetical case, we’ll incorporate discussion of the extra-legal considerations:

Do you feel like you’re doing meaningful work?
Is your work-life balance totally out of whack?
How to conduct yourself in a work crisis?
How to get and give credit?
Is this why I went to law school?

The class will focus on law firm litigators, but will also involve presenting the perspectives of in-house clients and non-attorney clients, and of regulatory and governmental sectors.


Shaudy Danaye-Armstrong is senior counsel at Google, where she sits on the Regulatory Response, Investigations & Strategy team, handling regulatory and other high gravity litigation. She has worked at both the District Attorneys' office and the law firms of Howard Rice and Arnold and Porter. She's litigated (and continues to litigate) some of the country's most high-profile cases, running the gamut from biometrics to antitrust; copyright to privacy; and everything in between. She's very excited to work with students as they navigate through the ups and downs of a simulated case, and get a feel for the arts of war and peace in litigation.

Sonali Maitra has been a partner at Durie Tangri, one of the country's most successful IP litigation boutiques, and an associate at Keker & Van Nest. She's been named one of the country's top IP attorneys under 40 and one of the top attorneys under 40 in California, among other honors.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Experiential Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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