Categories: Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice

Instructor(s) Shumaker, Robert

This course presents an overview of several of the most important themes in the civil litigation process: personal jurisdiction, venue, the Erie doctrine, subject matter jurisdiction, joinder, respect for judgments (claim preclusion and issue preclusion), and complex litigation (including class actions). In addition, to studying the law as established by the rules, statutes and case law, the course materials and discussions will attempt to show the relationship between the doctrinal law and the practical and strategic application of the law in the real world of lawyering, particularly in civil litigation (but also by transactional lawyers who, for example, draft choice of law, venue, jurisdiction, or arbitration provisions in contracts.) Finally, the course will include activities designed to develop important lawyering skills: analysis, writing, and oral communication.

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