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Fall 2020
LAW750  AS  BEST PRACTICES IN PRETRIAL LITIGATION IN THE FEDERAL COURTS

Course Description
The aim of this course is to help students develop pretrial litigation skills in the context of a realistic, simulated case. This course focuses on the practical application of the civil rules, decision-making, and judgment. Over the course of the semester, students will work through all pretrial phases of the case, culminating in a mock settlement conference. Students will experience a realistic “life cycle” of civil case from the moment the lawyer meets the client until the case is ready for trial. Among other practical litigation skills, you will learn to: interview clients and witnesses; draft litigation-related correspondence; develop discovery plans; draft pleadings, discovery, and motions; prepare witnesses for depositions; take and defend depositions; argue orally in support of a motion; prepare pretrial memoranda; and engage in settlement negotiations. This is an introductory course for a student’s future development as a litigator and provides an excellent foundation for classes in litigation.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   W  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
New Professor
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions: Students who have taken, or are currently enrolled in, LitSkills I cannot take this course.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Pretrial
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Thomas A. Mauet and David Marcus
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: Tenth Edition
    ISBN: 9781543805024
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Text Book: Page 1-18 Read: Capek v. Mendelson, 143 F.R.D. 97 (E.D. of PA 1992) Martin v. Cooper Plumbing, 45 F.R.D. 372 (E.D. of PA 1992)

    Material:
    Mauet and Marcus “Pretrial” Tenth edition, Wolters and Kluwer.

    Additional Information:
    For any additional information please contact 305-284-2353
      

 
Professor(s)

ROBRENO, EDUARDO


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jrobreno@paed.uscourts.gov
Phone: 215-597-4073