Law 212 - Federal Courts

Richard M. Re

Richard M. Re

Co-Director, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy
Faculty Co-Director, PULSE @ UCLA Law (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence
Professor of Law
A.B. Harvard University, 2004
M. Phil. University of Cambridge, 2005
J.D. Yale Law School, 2008
UCLA Faculty Since 2014
Course Description:

The course will take up four major topics:

(i) Justiciability, including standing, mootness, ripeness, and political questions.
(ii) Statutory jurisdiction, including issues of congressional control.
(iii) Immunity, including sovereign immunity and qualified immunity.
(iv) Habeas Corpus, including post-conviction and Guantánamo cases.

These topics are broadly relevant for litigation but have special import for certain types of practice. Most obviously, the above material is important for federal constitutional litigation, which paradigmatically involves civil rights but also frequently features business interests. On the defense side, many government attorneys deploy material covered early in the class to defeat various types of litigation. And much of the material is critically relevant for criminal, post-conviction, and prison work. The course also addresses a number of procedural issues that pertain to almost any form of legal practice, such as the force of precedent and rules pertaining to issue preservation.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Learning objectives of course include mastery of the substantive and procedural topics just discussed, but also stretch further to include familiarity with various modes of legal thought. For example, students will assess the relationship between legal and political changes through history, as well as the legal implications of new technologies and social practices. Finally, the course will foster clearer communication and assessment of legal ideas, including through class discussion, periodic in-class puzzles, and review of past exams as part of exam preparation.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Richard Re 20S 212 LEC 1 MW 3:20 PM - 5:20 PM 4.0 No No
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2020 LEC 1
Low, Jeffries and Bradley. Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations  9th ed.  
ISBN: 9781683280064. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $245.00
Low, Jeffries and Bradley. Federal Courts and the Law of Federal-State Relations   9th ed.  2019 Supplement
ISBN: 9781642429473. Foundation Press. REQUIRED $34.00
Chemerinsky, Erwin. Federal Jurisdiction   7th ed.  
ISBN: 9781454876618. OPTIONAL $89.00