Environmental Litigation (LAW-716-001)
Assessment: Writing Assignments,Oral Presentations,In-class Project(s),Class Participation
This course aims to provide insight into the procedural, substantive and tactical considerations in federal litigation – and to provide practical litigation skills experience through in-class and homework assignments. The course will focus on two cases that have actually been litigated: a case brought in federal district court by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of New Jersey against a hazardous waste site owner and two waste generators under the federal Superfund (CERCLA); and a case brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims by a real estate developer against the U.S. Department of Defense for a constitutional “taking” of property. In addition to studying the substantive law at issue in the cases, and the key federal procedural rules, students will get litigation skills experience by drafting a complaint, drafting written discovery, participating in a mock deposition, and arguing a dispositive motion. There are no prior course prerequisites, and although the course focuses on two environmental cases, the insights to be learned apply to federal litigation more generally. CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. If you must miss a class due to illness, emergency, or unavoidable conflict, please let me know beforehand so that we can try to work around it.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
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