In this lesson, you are presented with a hypothetical defamation case and instructed to compose a complaint for a diversity action in federal court.
- This Subject Area Index lists all CALI lessons covering Civil Procedure.
- The Civil Procedure Outline allows you to search for terms of art that correspond to topics you are studying to find suggestions for related CALI Lessons.
Discovery is the court-related process during litigation through which the parties exchange information relevant to the dispute, including "documents" and "things." In 1970, the rule was amended to add "data compilations." As digital methods of communication and data storage became increasingly common, the discovery rules changed again. They now include a separate category called "electronically stored information" (ESI).
In some ways, discovery of ESI is the same as any other discovery. The rules about relevance and proportionality apply, as do the rules about privilege. Nevertheless, there are some qualities of electronically stored information that present unique issues. It is these special characteristics and associated rules that are the focus of this lesson.
This exercise gives a basic overview of the types of equitable remedies. You need not have read any particular materials or taken any particular law school courses in order to complete the tutorial. It can be used to provide background in your courses where equity is especially relevant or to review the types of equitable remedies for use in a remedies course.
The Erie Doctrine has befuddled Civil Procedure students for decades, but this lesson will take you through the basics: Why is there an Erie Doctrine? When does it apply? How does it apply? How do you tell the difference between substantive and procedural law?
This exercise has two purposes. The first is to engage students actively in legal analysis. Hence, the exercise contains some difficult questions that require careful thought. The second is to provide a survey of the rules of evidence in order to give students a deeper understanding of other subjects studied in Civil Procedure courses.
This lesson takes you through the basic elements of the doctrine of forum non conveniens and through the statutes governing transfer of venue in federal court.
As its name implies, this lesson is designed to give the student an introduction to the subject of interpleader. The lesson briefly describes the concept of interpleader and some of the historical limitations on the remedy, but its focus is on interpleader under the federal statute and Rule 22.
This lesson is designed as an overview of specific jurisdiction.
While we will review some of the most important precedents and their implications, our primary focus will be to put the doctrine in context and identify some of its major constitutional dimensions. Other lessons will explore more detailed aspects of the doctrine.
This lesson presents the elements of issue preclusion, sometimes referred to as "collateral estoppel", and exceptions to the doctrine. This lesson will explore the elements of collateral estoppel and the questions of who may be bound by, or take advantage of, the prior adjudication. Another lesson will address the question of whether an adjudication in one jurisdiction can preclude relitigation in a second jurisdiction.
This exercise is designed to help students learn the principles of joinder under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
This lesson will focus on federal question jurisdiction under the federal question provisions in the Constitution and in section 1331, with primary emphasis on section 1331. We'll also spend a little time looking at related statutes, such as 28 U.S.C. §§ 1338, 1441, and 1454.
This lesson is designed to help students understand notice and service of process. It covers the constitutional standard for notice as articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court and service of process under Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rule 4).