Course Details

Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion

Like publicly charged political campaigns, preparation for high stakes crisis and litigation must include a multidirectional strategy for producing a narrative that resonates as well on Main Street, Wall Street, and on social media as it does in the courtroom, and the halls of Congress. From the Financial Times the Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post to the World Wild Life Federation, Change.Org and Green Peace, crisis litigation risk has dramatically escalated because everyone is participating. This course introduces students to the sophistication and rigor that "campaign" oriented lawyering requires to navigate the intersection of law, social policy, risk management, advocacy and public opinion. Structured as a "lab" course, students will deconstruct the atmospherics of high profile crisis and litigation and create public strategies that include value judgments, strategy, and executional tactics that help clients manage a world defined by risk. The issues and cases examined will be based on the instructor's involvement in the cases as well as recent high profile crises and litigation. The class will also include presentations by former White House staff, investigative journalists, general counsel, business leaders, and social influencers in the court of public opinion. Through group presentations and written assignments, students will be evaluated both on the ability to vet conflicting considerations that arise in high profile crisis litigation and to develop a strategic framework for insights-based lawyering. Students will also be expected to participate actively in class as we explore the pull and tug of public opinion on high stakes crises and litigation.

Catalog Number: LITARB 608
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute ResolutionConstitutional LawLegal Profession and RegulationLegal Skills Development
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning,  Professional Writing


Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion
Faculty: Loeb, Harlan A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Spring 2018
Title: Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion
Faculty: Loeb, Harlan A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 20

Spring 2017
Title: Crisis Litigation and the Court of Public Opinion
Faculty: Loeb, Harlan A. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 20