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241.21 sec. 001 - Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Jonah B Gelbach  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

Meeting:

Tu 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 09, 2024
To April 16, 2024

Course Start: January 09, 2024
Course End: April 16, 2024
Class Number: 33534

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/19 03:16 PM


When people sue other people in court, the court creates a docket-a record of the lawsuit. The docket tracks much of the action in a case, usually including the documents that litigants file with the court. Dockets and associated filings are warehoused electronically and could be available to the public efficiently and for free. Instead, the federal courts restrict access to these documents, providing them free only to parties in the case, and charging others fees for access. This, despite the general presumption that court proceedings themselves are open to the public. In recent years, there has been substantial litigation and legislative activity aimed at changing this situation. This course will introduce students to key issues related to these and other issues associated with public access to legal data. We will read scholarship, cases, and other materials about public access to legal data (both federal and state), evaluating arguments for liberal access as well as arguments against. In addition, I hope to have a number of guest speakers from the non-profit sector and industry, as well as academia.

**THIS IS A FULLY REMOTE COURSE. AS SUCH, IT COUNTS AS DISTANCE LEARNING UNITS FOR THE NEW YORK BAR. THE NEW YORK BAR DOES NOT ALLOW LLM STUDENTS TO COUNT ANY DISTANCE LEARNING UNITS TOWARD NEW YORK BAR ELIGIBILITY.**


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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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