Course Details

Civil Discovery

This seminar will address the civil discovery process from a practice-oriented perspective. Using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as an organizational focus, the seminar will address strategic and ethical considerations in the use and planning of the various tools of discovery: interrogatories, document requests, depositions and requests to admit. The seminar will be led by Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier, along with 11 adjunct professors drawn from a variety of practice experiences. Class sessions typically will involve both a presentation from one of the faculty members on a discovery topic, and an opportunity for students try their hands at conducting case planning sessions, drafting discovery requests and responses, taking and defending mock depositions, and preparing and arguing motions on selected discovery issues. Registration Requirements: Class size will be limited to 24 students. Teaching Methods: Class Participation, Guest Speakers, Presentations, Simulation/Role-Play Evaluation Methods: Attendance, Class Participation, Final Paper (may not exceed 10 pages), Weekly Exercises Class Materials: The only required text that students must purchase (if they do not already have it) is a copy of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (ISBN-13: 978-1463518455) that includes the commentary to the rules. Most of the exercises will be drawn from the Intellex v. Cranbrooke case file, which will be available on the Blackboard and which should be read before the first class. Other course materials will be provided by the adjuncts in connection with their lectures.

Catalog Number: LITARB 659
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute Resolution
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 16

Spring 2016
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 7

Spring 2015
Title: Civil Discovery
Faculty: Schenkier, Sidney I. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 11