Law 954 - Civil Procedure in Practice – Problems and Reforms

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

C. Kuhl

General Course Description:

For two weeks, look at civil procedure through the eyes of a judge.  Do federal and state rules of civil procedure as they exist serve the goals of the litigation process?  Or do they retard dispute resolution through the public justice system?  We will begin with an exploration of the fundamental goals of civil litigation, the motivations of participants in the civil litigation process and whether those motivations tend to further the fundamental goals.  Then we will consider what the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (and state rules modeled on them) were designed to achieve.  Significant aspects of the current civil litigation process – expense, large numbers of self-represented litigants, the growth of the “private justice” economy, the vanishing jury trial – suggest that the rules of procedure are not operating as they originally were intended to operate.  Procedural reform movements, such as limitations on discovery and managerial judging, are gaining momentum, and transsubstantive civil procedure is being reconsidered.  The pros and cons of these reforms will be considered.  Students will be exposed to case studies in contrasting aspects of federal and California state procedure, considering the effectiveness of those rules in furthering substantive adjudication and litigation efficiency.

Course Information:
This course is not offered in 2019 - 2020.
Previous Course Offerings:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Carolyn Kuhl 19S 954 LEC 1 Unscheduled 1.0 No No
  Prerequisite: Law 145. Civil Procedure. Law 954 meets 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17 from 9:30 - 11:05am in room 1327.