Course Details

Advanced Topics in Litigation

This class will address a series of advanced topics in litigation practice. Taking students beyond the substantive legal principles governing litigation and investigations, the course will explore practical strategies for recognizing and addressing issues that arise in these matters. We will focus on four topics that are of increasing importance in the modern practice of complex litigation: (1) Project Management in Discovery; (2) Government and Internal Investigations; (3) Scientific and Economic Experts; and (4) Technology and Intellectual Property. These areas raise some of the most interesting and challenging problems in complex litigation, e.g.: - balancing the benefits of cooperation against the need for zealous advocacy in government investigations; - meeting heightened expectations of counsel for electronic discovery after the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; - litigating the limits of credible science in Daubert motions; - and the relationship between antitrust law and intellectual property protection. The first half of each class will consist of a lecture given by a Mayer Brown LLP lawyer who practices in the area under discussion, and the second half will consist of a student presentation on an assigned topic related to the area and a subsequent class discussion of the key concepts in the area, which the Mayer Brown LLP lawyer will facilitate. Each student will be required to prepare a written paper and oral presentation to the class. Students will be evaluated based on their written paper (70%), presentation to the class (15%) and class participation (15%). Course Materials. The materials for this course will consist of cases, articles or other excerpts distributed by each instructor at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each section of the course. Evaluation Methods: The grade in this course will be based on the following three components: 1) a paper, 2) a presentation to the class and 3) class participation. Students will work in teams of two or three on both the papers and presentations. Paper. Seventy (70) percent of the students' grade will be based on a final written paper on a topic related to one of the areas covered in the course. Grading for the paper will be based on quality of analysis, value of legal research, ability to argue persuasively for a proposition and clarity of writing. Successful submissions will generally start with a clearly stated hypothesis or proposition and include a clear and logical argument in support of that hypothesis or proposition. The final submission should be approximately 20 double-spaced pages in length, excluding footnotes. Presentation. Fifteen (15) percent of the students' grade will be based on a presentation to the class. The purpose of this oral report is to share the topic, thesis and conclusions of the paper in a manner that facilitates a robust class discussion. Class participation. Fifteen (15) percent of the student's grade will be based on student's participation in class throughout the semester. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance. In order to learn the material thoroughly, it is essential that students prepare for and actively participate in class. This class meets the Research Writing Requirement

Catalog Number: LITARB 625
Practice Areas: Civil Lit. and Dispute Resolution
Additional Course Information: Research Writing

Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Advanced Topics in Litigation
Faculty: Ferguson, James R. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 10