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Spring 2016

Course Description
A central aspect of the seminar will be a presentation in every class period by an extremely accomplished guest speaker(s) addressing an aspect of modern litigation structure. Given extraneous factors, a firm exact list and schedule of speakers cannot be confirmed in advance. Our current roster of potential speakers and subjects is as follows:

Guest Lecturer(s) Subject
?John M. Barkett, Partner Rule 11 – Ethics
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP-Miami

?Brian Cummins Computer animation; technical trial support
Champion Legal Graphics and Video

?Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, Esq., President Personal injury litigation including
Colson Hicks Eidson, Miami establishing damages

?Sandra Estevez Role of court reporter; working with
Florida Court Reporters Association court reporter

?Professor Harold Flegelman Dispute resolution and deal making
University of Miami School of Law

?Virginia S. Forbes, Esq. Medical malpractice
Virginia S. Forbes, P.A., Miami

?Jessica Gabel, Esq. Forensic evidence
Assistant Professor of Law
Georgia State University, Atlanta

?Honorable Judge Donald C. Hudson Appellate practice and the court
Illinois Appellate Court, Second District rulemaking process
St. Charles, Illinois

?Honorable Judge Aldaberto Jordan Ethics and professional conduct
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, Miami

?Steven J. Lacterman, Esq. Single practitioner litigation and small
Steven J. Lachterman, P.A., Miami and individual law firm
?Jane W. Muir, Esq.
Gersten & Muir, P.A., Miami

LAW 610A
Spring Semester 2015

Guest Lecturer(s) Subject
?Wendy F. Lumish, Esq. and Expert witnesses in complex civil litigation
?Gregory M. Cesarano, Esq.
Carlton Fields, Miami

?Pedro J. Martinez-Fraga, Partner International arbitration
Bryan Cave, Miami

?Janet McKinney, President, Role of court reporter, working with court
?Rosa Naccarato, FPR, Vice President, & reporter, network reporting
?Rick E. Levy, Pres.-Network Reporting
Florida Court Reporters Assn., Florida

?C. Ryan Reetz, Partner Transnational litigation
Bryan Cave, Miami

?Melvin A. Rubin, Esq. Mediation
Mediation Services, Inc., Miami

?Rodolfo Sorondo, Jr., Esq. Civil appellate practice and career
Holland & Knight, Miami development

?Sonya Strnad, Senior Counsel Electornic discovery
Holland & Knight, Miami

Each student will prepare a single memorandum, roughly 30 pages long, involving complex evidence or litigation issues in either the civil or criminal arena.

Each topic must represent an area where the law of evidence or litigation practice is either complex or in conflict. For example, unlike most states that have adopted evidence rules based on the Federal Rules of Evidence, Florida permits learned treatises to be employed solely on cross-examination. Illinois permits employment on direct examination as well but only as basis, not as independent substantive evidence. Both jurisdictions appear to be responding to a concern that litigants, particularly defendants in toxic torts and product liability litigation, commission studies in anticipation of litigation.

Once a topic is selected by the student either independently or from a provided long list of potential subjects, each student will have the opportunity to meet with Professor Graham. With respect to most selected topics, Professor Graham will provide significant assistance to the student in getting started with his/her research.

This seminar should be of interest to any student (1) interested in truly exploring a complex topic fully, and presenting his or her analysis, evaluation and conclusion in a comprehensive paper and (2) learning from experts in the field as to current happenings in important areas of litigation.

The process itself corresponds to that of a partner requesting an associate to write a memo on a particular complex aspect of a generally understood topic relevant to a matter at hand. The completed paper will serve as an excellent writing sample in seeking employment.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   M  3:30 PM-5:20 PM F302

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Evidence and Litigation Skills
Corequisite: Litigation Skills
Method of Evaluation: Grade based upon written work
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Litigation Structure; Transition to Practice Seminar is open to all upper level students.
Law Track(s):
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5401
Office: G368