Class Action Basics

This lesson teaches the basics of class action procedure under Federal Rule 23. The lesson focuses on the requirements of Rules 23(a) and 23(b). (It does not cover jurisdictional issues, appeals, issues of class management, or class settlement.)

Electronic Discovery

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.

Author of the Week: Professor Sonia Green at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Professor Green teaches Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, Lawyering Skills, and a seminar on Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Law. Professor Green received her BA, MA and JD from the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Green was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the Hague Academy of International Law. She practiced in insurance and commercial litigation with two Chicago law firms. Before joining the John Marshall faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.  A mother of four boys, Professor Green is passionate about education and tries to help her students find that elusive work-life balance. She works closely with students in her classes to help each student learn Best, and teaches using innovative methods like CALI lessons.

Race and Equal Protection

This Lesson considers race under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as well as under other constitutional provisions, with the exception of "affirmative action" which is the subject of a separate lesson. It can be used as an introduction or as review.

Author of the Week: Professor Suzanna Sherry at the Vanderbilt University Law School

Suzanna Sherry is the Cal Turner Professor of Law and Leadership at the Vanderbilt University Law School. She received her A.B. from Middlebury College and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She clerked for Judge John Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, then practiced primarily white collar criminal defense law with the Washington D.C. law firm Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin. She began her academic career at the University of Minnesota Law School, moving to Vanderbilt in the fall of 2000.

Professor Sherry's most recent work includes Desperately Seeking Certainty: The Misguided Quest for Constitutional Foundations (with Daniel A. Farber) (Chicago 2002) and Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law (with Daniel A. Farber) (Oxford 1997). Both books critique contemporary constitutional theory. She has written several dozen articles on such topics as constitutional theory and judicial decision-making, First Amendment law, cyberspace law, constitutional history, and state sovereign immunity. She has also co-authored three textbooks.