syllabuss19-1.doc - CIVIL PROCEDURE Professor Howard Wasserman Spring 2019 Office RDB 2065 [email protected] Phone 348-7482 e-mail Section B

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C IVIL P ROCEDURE Professor Howard Wasserman Spring 2019 Office : RDB 2065 e-mail : [email protected] Phone : 348-7482 Section B Section C Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:30-11:40 a.m. Monday/Wednesday, 7- 8:50 p.m. RDB 2006 RDB 2007 Please note the following changes to the class schedule : • Both Sections : No class on Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Day) Office Hours : Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:30-3, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30 a.m-Noon Anytime I am in my office; my door is always open. Post questions and comments about class discussions, course materials, etc., to the Blog Course Outline : This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the judicial process and to the procedure governing civil litigation, using federal courts and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as an illustration. The course will combine doctrinal and theoretical components, so students consider not only how the system functions, but why it functions in that manner and whether some other procedural system would be preferable or more effective. The course focuses on pre-trial and post-trial procedures, including pleading, discovery, summary judgment, judicial case management, and motion practice. The course also will introduce students to the concepts of personal and subject- matter jurisdiction, choice of law, and the effects of final judgment. Required Materials : 1) L INDA S. M ULLENIX , L EADING C ASES I N C IVIL P ROCEDURE (West 3d ed. 2016) 2) J OSEPH G LANNON , T HE G LANNON G UIDE TO C IVIL P ROCEDURE (Wolters-Kluwer 4th ed. 2018) 3) F EDERAL R ULES O F C IVIL P ROCEDURE (2018 ed.) (Compiled by Kevin M. Clermont) Note : Yes, you must use the most recent version of the rules 4) Civil Procedure Blog : (indicated in syllabus)
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Technology and Class Conduct Use of laptops, tablets, book readers, smart phones, and similar devices during class is absolutely prohibited. Phones must be turned off when you come into the classroom. You must be in class on time, unless I have previously given you permission to come late. You may not enter the room once class has begun, unless I have given you permission to come late. Once class has begun, you must remain in your seat, unless I have given you permission to leave during class. Exceptions to these policies for medical or similar reasons will be made upon presentation of appropriate documentation. For those of you who prefer having (or being able to obtain) more precise notes, classes will be audio-recorded and the audio file for each class session will be posted on the Blog . You are welcome and encouraged to review the recording and supplement your notes. This is, in fact, comparable to what you will experience in practice. You will go through a day of trial or deposition working with your own brief notes and your participation in events, then receive a transcript a day or two later.
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