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245.11 sec. 001 - Pretrial Civil Written Discovery Theory, Practice, and Procedure (Fall 2023)

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


Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 141
From August 22, 2023
To November 21, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 21, 2023
Class Number: 31994

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 12/08 02:30 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. Just 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 skill set 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, as well as making an oral argument before a “judge.”

To the extent that there is some overlap with material taught in other courses (e.g. Pre-Trial Civil Litigation), students should feel free to take both. This course zeroes in on drafting discovery, not Civil Procedure as a whole.

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. 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.

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:

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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