244.13 sec. 001 - Suing Corporations (Fall 2023)
Instructor: Adelina Acuna
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 244
From August 21, 2023
To December 04, 0023
Course End: December 04, 0023
Class Number: 32391
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 09/25 05:21 PM
This practitioner-led course will teach aspiring affirmative litigators to investigate, serve, conduct discovery against, and collect judgments from corporate defendants. Students will gain introductory knowledge of business organizations, corporate accounting, bankruptcy, and California civil procedure, and will have opportunities to practice fundamental litigation skills such as propounding and responding to discovery, meeting and conferring, taking deposition testimony, and preparing a case for trial. Course requirements include three brief practical assignments, class participation, and a take-home exam.
Adelina Acuña is a consumer protection prosecutor dedicated to combating fraudulent and predatory business practices that target Californians. She has been a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General's Office since 2012, when she joined as an Honors Attorney in the AG's inaugural Honors Attorney program. For her first three years, she served in the Corporate Fraud Section and on the AG's Mortgage-Backed Securities Strike Force, which investigated and litigated against several major national banks and rating agencies and recovered over $1 billion in financial-crisis losses for California's pension funds. Ms. Acuña subsequently joined the AG's Consumer Protection Section, where she has litigated, settled, and tried numerous multi-million dollar cases for the benefit of Californians. Most notably, she helped win and defend on appeal a record-setting $302 million penalty award against Johnson & Johnson for its deceptive marketing of pelvic mesh implants. Her litigation team received the California Lawyer Association Public Law Section's inaugural 2020 Outstanding Achievement in Public Law award.
Ms. Acuña has served numerous times as a Practitioner-Adviser for Berkeley Law's Appellate Advocacy course, presents annual CLE courses for the Consumer Protection arm of the California District Attorneys Association, an d has conducted litigation skills trainings within the Department of Justice. She recently co-authored the California chapter of the first edition of the ABA treatise, State Consumer Protection Law (2022). Ms. Acuña is also a former board member and Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
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