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244.42 sec. 001 - Litigation 101 (Spring 2023)

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


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 136
From January 11, 2023
To April 19, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 19, 2023
Class Number: 32345

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

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.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.


Shaudy is a Director at Google, where she has litigated some of the most high profile cases in tech law for the past ten years. She currently leads the Users, Legislators, and Society pillar of the Alphabet Regulatory Response, Investigations & Strategy team. While at Google, Shaudy has handled everything from preparing executives to testify before Congress and Parliament, to regulatory litigation adverse to the Department of Justice and State AGs, to class actions and shareholder cases, and has experience presenting to Alphabet’s Board and to Special Committees of the Board.

Before joining Google, she was a generalist litigator at a boutique law firm in San Francisco, Howard Rice (later merged with Arnold & Porter), and did a rotation at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she took eight cases to trial and won them all. Shaudy earned her BA and MA in Philosophy from Stanford University, and her JD from University of Chicago Law School.

Shaudy is most proud to be mother to twins, August and Roxy.

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.

Civil Procedure is strongly recommended.

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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