Complex Litigation Syllabus Spring 2011[1]

Complex Litigation Syllabus Spring 2011[1] - Complex Civil...

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1 Complex Civil Litigation Spring 2011 Florida State University College of Law Mondays, Wednesdays: 11:00-12:22 a.m., Room 331 Professor Elizabeth Chamblee Burch: office 323, phone 644-7474, e-mail eburch@law.fsu.edu Office Hours: Mondays 2:45-4:15, Thursdays 2:45-4:15 or anytime by appointment Course Description and Purpose: This class will address current issues that commonly arise in complex civil cases. We will focus primarily on complexity in case management due to the size of a case (e.g., class actions and multidistrict litigation). An alternative name, but perhaps less enticing name for this class is advanced civil procedure, because the issues we will address are ones that typically receive little discussion in introductory civil procedure courses but are likely to arise in any sophisticated civil practice. Each week we will discuss problems and policy issues similar to those that you may confront within the first few years of your practice. The assigned readings will help you formulate solutions to the problems posed in the syllabus. I encourage you to raise for discussion any topics of civil procedure that you believe you need to know more about to better prepare for a civil litigation practice. Readings: Readings will come from a variety of sources. The primary text is Richard Nagareda’s book, The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation . A word of warning: we will generally average 30 pages of reading for each class meeting. You’ll notice that the cases are quite lengthy compared to your other courses. Judges in this area often self-consciously create new law and thus feel a special need to justify their decisions at great length. It’s not unusual for their decisions to run 80-100 pages in the federal reports; so, what you’re reading is very much an excerpt. Grades: Grades will be based on two components: class participation (25%), as outlined in the policy below, and a final exam administered at the end of the semester (75%). The exam will be open book, open notes, which means that you may use only your own notes and outlines and cannot bring commercial outlines (if they exist). Attendance and Participation: If you are not prepared to discuss the readings for a class, then you should turn in a signed, numbered, and dated “pass note” telling me that you are not prepared. You may turn in as many pass notes as you like, but if you turn in more than 2 pass notes, you will be graded down 2 points on your final grade for each pass note above the first two “free” pass notes. In addition, each time you are called on to discuss a reading for which you are not prepared, assuming you have not turned in a pass note, you will be graded down 2 points on your final grade. The best part of any class is the discussion and this is particularly true for this class.
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This note was uploaded on 05/25/2011 for the course LAW Complex Ci taught by Professor Burch during the Spring '11 term at FSU.

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Complex Litigation Syllabus Spring 2011[1] - Complex Civil...

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