This course is intended to introduce students to the practical world of major, complex civil litigation. It will cover all aspects of the pre-trial process, from choice of forum, to pleadings, to provisional remedies, to motions to compel arbitration, to fact discovery, to class certification motions, to motions to dismiss, to expert testimony motions, to summary judgment, jury trial research, settlement strategy and pre-trial preparation. The emphasis will be on strategic decision-making and advocacy skills and choices. In addition to engaging regularly in classroom discussions, students will research, write, and argue a pre-trial motion before the class.
Class size will be limited to sixteen students and active participation in class discussion will be expected. Enrollment is limited to Third Year students with a strong interest in civil litigation or Second Year students with approval. Evidence is recommended as a co-requisite.
Robert Weiner is senior counsel with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he focuses on complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts, along with national and international arbitrations. Jeffrey Kessler is a partner in the firm Winston & Strawn LLP, where he serves as the head of the global antitrust/competition practice and co-chairs the sports law practice group.