Course Details

Contemporary Problems in Complex Litigation

This course will focus on selected problems in contemporary complex litigation. Using materials from articles, recent and current cases, as well as a leading casebook, the instructors will lead discussion of such topics as the nature of complex litigation and the roles of the parties, counsel, and the judiciary in resolving societal problems, how counsel develops a theory of the case, aggregation techniques, issue preclusion and the need for finality, class actions, consolidation of cases, coordination of judgments across different judicial systems, and methods of resolution. We also expect that we will discuss the use of dispositive motions, expert testimony, document production, and witness preparation. The course will also include guest speakers on the topic of how to excel as a law clerk or law firm associate. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a written paper and class participation. Enrollment will be limited to 25 students. Expectations: This course will be taught as a participatory seminar. Students will not be expected to have already taken a complex litigation course, but should be willing to seek out answers to legal questions as they arise. Students will be evaluated both on the quality of their participation, and on the basis of a comprehensive paper, 20 pages in length, of a current issue in contemporary complex litigation identified by the instructors approximately half-way into the class. Students will be provided several options for their papers, and will have the option of choosing their own. Instructors: Your instructors are both on the faculty at the Law School and partners at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. Email is the best way of contacting us. Adam Hoeflich can be reached at adam.hoeflich@law.northwestern.edu. Abby Mollen can be reached at abby.mollen@law.northwestern.edu. Materials: You will need access to The Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation, by Richard A. Negareda et al. (2d Ed.), the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/), the Manual for Complex Litigation Fourth (http://www.fjc.gov/public/home.nsf/autoframe?openform&url_l=/public/home.nsf/inavgeneral?openpage&url_r=/public/home.nsf/pages/470), and the website of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (www.jpml.uscourts.gov).. You will also need access to Westlaw and/or Lexis.

Catalog Number: LITARB 686


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Contemporary Problems in Complex Litigation
Faculty: Hoeflich, Adam L. (courses | profile)
Mollen, Abby (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 18