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Applied Lawyering Skills - Fall 2000



INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
  Gregory Upchurch / Bryan Wheelock
W75-530B sec 01 (3 hrs)  
TUE THU 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 20
   
This applied skills course will offer practical experience in dealing with pretrial and trial litigation issues unique to patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation. Students enrolling in the course will find it helpful to have had or be enrolled in Evidence, Copyright and Related Rights, Patent and Trade Secret Law, and/or Unfair Trade Practices.

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT TEAM
  Leila Sadat
W75-612S sec 01 (2 hrs)  
Enrollment limit: 5    
Students will be selected for the International Moot Court Team by fall tryouts open only to 2L's. (Information about tryouts will be distributed to students at the beginning of the school year.) The team will work together to prepare an appellate brief or memorial and will participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Regional, and potentially National and International competition. The course grade is credit/no credit; one credit hour posted in the fall semester, and the other credit hour posted in the spring semester. The team also will function as a board and run the tryouts for the following year.
Pre/corequisite (subject to waiver by special permission of instructor): International Law. [Students should keep in mind the limitations regarding credit toward their degree for competition work (as a participant or board member): 1) a maximum of 4 total credits from competitions; 2) only one competition per semester.]

JURY INSTRUCTIONS
  Hon. David Noce
W74-716A sec 01 (2 hrs)  
THU 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 24
   
Theories and practice of the jury instruction process are presented from the perspectives of the judge, the attorneys, the jury, and the appellate courts. Attendance and preparation are expected. No final exam is administered, but students will prepare instructions and submit a research project at the conclusion of the semester. Students are required to obtain the coursebook from Support Services (Room 301) and the Jury Instructions Drafting Workbook available in the University Campus Bookstore.

MOOT COURT (WILEY RUTLEDGE)
  JoEllen Lewis / Ann Shields
W75-604S sec 01 (1 hr)  
Enrollment limit: 96    
Each student must, together with a partner, prepare an appellate brief of passable quality and present a minimum of two oral arguments of passable quality. Students must also attend two mandatory seminars on oral arguments and brief writing. This course is graded credit / no credit. [Students should keep in mind the limitations regarding credit toward their degree for competition work (as a participant or board member): 1) a maximum of 4 total credits from competitions; 2) only one competition per semester.]

PRETRIAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION)
Kimberly Norwood

W74-658L sec 01 - FRI 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. -
W74-658L sec 02 - MON 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. -
W74-658L sec 03 - WED 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. -
W74-658L sec 04 - WED 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. -
W74-658L sec 05 - THU 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. -

Kimberly Norwood
Vanessa Keith
Tammy Walsh
Jeffrey Hunt
Ted MacDonald

 
Enrollment limit: 12 per section (3 hrs)  
This course covers the pretrial phase of civil litigation -- from client contact through final trial preparation and settlement negotiation. During the course of the semester students will "litigate" two personal injury actions. While most work will be individual, students sometimes will work in teams. There will be written assignments, such as pleadings, discovery requests and settlement documents. Students will be required to prepare extensively for the simulations. The course is graded on a modified pass/fail basis (HP90, P, LP74, F65). The final grade will be determined by the student's performance on written assignments, simulations, and participation in class discussions. A course from the ethics curriculum and Evidence may be helpful if taken before or simultaneously with this course but are not prerequisites.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Pretrial openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following new policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade (HP90, P, LP74, F65) for the course.

SPORTS LAW
PLANNING AND DRAFTING
 
Robert Lattinville / Kevin Warren
W74-510D sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON WED 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 20
   
This course examines the legal and regulatory environment of professional and amateur sports. The lawyer's expanding opportunities and responsibilities are explored in this $100 billion a year industry commanding expertise in numerous and diverse practice areas. A working knowledge of antitrust, labor, constitutional, administrative and contract law will be established and applied. The course will survey the breadth of issues, conventional and emerging, which challenge the lawyers practicing in the sports industry. Depth of study will be achieved via class projects and drafting assignments addressing recent developments in sports.

TRADEMARK PRACTICE
  Larry Evans / Al Forsman
W74-623D sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON WED 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 20
   
This course will offer practical skills training in the four phases of trademark practice–acquisition of rights, enforcement of rights, and exploitation and transfer of rights. The course will be taught by the problem method and will focus primarily on the development of planning and drafting skills. Weekly problems will include an initial client interview, selecting appropriate forms of protection and clearance, filing the application, responding to common rejections, opposition and cancellation proceedings, dealing with infringement, including claims, defenses, evidence and remedies in judicial proceedings, administrative protection of trademarks, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing. Students enrolling in the course will find it helpful to have been enrolled in Unfair Trade Practices.

TRIAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
  Peter Joy
W74-597Q sec 01 (3 hrs)  
MON 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. & THU 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  (all students are expected to meet at both times listed)
Enrollment limit: 48
 
This course focuses on the trial phase of litigation from the perspective of a practicing attorney. The first part of the course will be devoted to learning about and performing various aspects of the trial of a lawsuit, including the development of a theory and theme, jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross-examination of lay witnesses and experts, the use and introduction of real and demonstrative evidence, and closing argument. Toward the end of the semester, students will prepare for and conduct a complete trial. Required work for the course will include both reading and written assignments. Students also will be required to prepare extensively for simulations. The lawyering skills you will use and develop include: problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, communication skills, litigation skills, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. This course also will focus on the professional values of providing competent legal representation, and examining the legal profession's role in promoting justice, fairness, and morality. The class will meet once a week as a group for one hour and a second time for at least two (and sometimes up to two and one half) hours in small groups with the adjunct professors. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis (HP90, P, LP74, F65). Grade will be determined by the student's performance on written and simulation assignments and participation in class discussion. Regular attendance is required.
Prerequisite:
Students must have completed Evidence prior to taking this course; Pretrial is not a prerequisite for Trial.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Trial openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following new policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade (whether HP90, P, LP74 or F65) for the course.

WILEY RUTLEDGE MOOT COURT (See MOOT COURT.)
JoEllen Lewis / Ann Shields