This course introduces students to the legal principles, policies and procedures embodied in various models of Civil Procedure, i.e., civil litigation, mediation, negotiation, arbitration, etc. The course also examines the substantive principles underlying procedures used in civil cases in federal courts: federalism, the constitutional power of the federal judiciary, the scope of federal court jurisdiction, i.e., personal and subject matter jurisdiction, notice and opportunity to be heard, supplemental jurisdiction, removal, venue, and choice of law concerns. Students are also introduced to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (F.R.C.P.) FRCP determine the course of civil litigation in federal courts. The course emphasizes the procedural patterns of pre-trial litigation and non-litigious methods of dispute resolution, focusing on the ways in which facts are found and law applied in lawsuits and the implications of these processes on later stages of litigation and settlement.
Civil Rights Litigation
The course is designed with the practical concerns of litigation peculiar to section 1983 cases. The course will explore the intersection of Constitutional law, The Civil Rights Act(s), Civil Procedure and Federal and State Courts. The focus will be on the litigation of law enforcement and other governmental misconduct.