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244.13 sec. 001 - Suing Corporations (Fall 2024)

Instructor: Adelina Acuna  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 20, 2024
To November 19, 2024

Course Start: August 20, 2024
Course End: November 19, 2024
Class Number: 32236

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 12
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 07/18 06:48 AM

Suing Corporations
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, bankruptcy, and California civil procedure. Using consumer protection litigation against corporate defendants as a model, the course will introduce and develop core 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, two robust simulation exercises, and a take-home exam.

Instructor Bio:
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, and has conducted investigation and 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.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 4 hours
Course Category: Litigation and Procedure
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law
Consumer Law & Economic Justice
Social Justice and Public Interest

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