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APPLIED LAWYERING SKILLS - Fall 1999


ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH
Phil Berwick

W74-523B sec 01 (2 hrs)

TUE THU 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Enrollment limit: 20

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to important legal research materials not covered in the first year research and writing program. Topics to be covered include: federal legislative history research, research in international law, research in selected foreign jurisdictions, legal research using electronic databases and the use of the publications available in each topic area. Questions to be addressed include: where does one start; why is one publication better than the other; when does one use electronic instead of print publications; when does one end the information gathering process? The final grade will be based on three short assignments (10% each), one longer bibliographic essay (60%) and class attendance and participation (10%).

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
Gregory Upchurch / Bryan Wheelock

W75-530A 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, Intellectual Property Law, Copyright and Related Rights, Patent and Trade Secret Law, and/or Unfair Trade Practices.

INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT TEAM
Leila Wexler

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/co-requisite (subject to waiver by special permission of instructor): International Law, International Criminal Law, or Immigration, Citizenship, & International Human Rights Seminar.

JURY INSTRUCTIONS
Hon. David Noce

W74-716A sec 01 (2 hrs)

THU 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 16

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.

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 pass/fail.

PRETRIAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION)
Kimberly Norwood

W74-658L sec 01 - FRI 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Kimberly Norwood

W74-658L sec 02 - WED 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Tammy Walsh

W74-658L sec 03 - MON 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Vanessa Keith

W74-658L sec 04 - THU 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. - 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 numerically. 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 18, (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 (65 - 100) for the course.

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW
Robert Lattinville /Jeff Michelman /Donna Schmidt

PLANNING AND DRAFTING

W74-510C sec 01 (3 hrs)

MON WED 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 20

This applied skills course will offer practical experience in dealing with transactional and litigation issues unique to the practice of sports and entertainment law. Students enrolling in the course will find it helpful to have had or be enrolled in Intellectual Property Law, Copyright and Related Rights, Patent and Trade Secret Law, and/or Unfair Trade Practices.

TRIAL PRACTICE & PROCEDURE
Katherine Goldwasser

W74-597M sec 01 (3 hrs)

THU 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 64

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 class will meet once a week for at least three (and sometimes up to three and one half) hours. For approximately one hour of that time, the entire class will meet with Professor Goldwasser and at least one of the adjunct professors. For the remainder of the time, students will meet in small groups with the adjunct professors. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis (high-pass, pass, low-pass, fail). 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 18, (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 high-pass, pass, low-pass, or fail) for the course.

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