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244.62 sec. 001 - Litigating Class Actions (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Anne Bloom  
Instructor: Jocelyn D Larkin  
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: TBA
From January 25, 2023
To March 08, 2023

Course Start: January 25, 2023
Course End: March 08, 2023
Class Number: 32690

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course provides an introduction to litigating class actions. Some background in civil procedure is essential as the cases raise complex procedural questions. We will also be considering how class actions fit into the larger procedural system. The material is difficult and deals with issues that have been subjects of judicial and political controversy, in Congress and state legislatures, in the Supreme Court, and in the federal rulemaking process. We will discuss 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 consider the policy choices involved in the availability of the class action device.

Anne Bloom is the Executive Director of the Civil Justice Research Initiative, an access to justice think tank housed at Berkeley Law. Jocelyn D. Larkin is the Executive Director of the Impact Fund, a legal foundation in Berkeley that provides funding, training and representation in support of social justice impact litigation.

Jocelyn D. Larkin is the Executive Director of the Impact Fund, a legal foundation in Berkeley, California that provides funding, training, and representation in support of social justice impact litigation. Her practice focuses on complex employment discrimination and class action practice on behalf of plaintiffs.  Ms. Larkin has served as class counsel in many major class actions, including Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp., and Parra v. Bashas’ Inc. Ms. Larkin has twice received the California Lawyer magazine Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for her work in employment law.  She is the co-editor of Class Action Strategy and Practice Guide, published by the ABA.

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Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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