Alan M. Trammell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Federal Courts
Administrative Law
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.Sc., London School of Economics
M.St., University of Oxford
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Civil Procedure

This course is designed to introduce beginning law students to the elements and procedures of the civil justice system. The course covers the litigation process from commencement of a case through appeals. Major topics include jurisdiction, remedies, pleading, discovery, class actions, and pretrial and trial procedures. Issues covered in the course include: In what court may a lawsuit be commenced? Over what persons and entities does a court have power? Who may participate in a lawsuit? How much information must opposing parties disclose to each other? What are the roles of the judge and jury?

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Seminar: Topics in Federal Courts: the 2010 Supreme Court Term

This seminar will focus on a close reading of the cases from the most recent Supreme Court Term. We will read unedited Supreme Court cases, including some of the Term's blockbuster opinions as well as more quotidian decisions. The seminar is an opportunity to engage with recent jurisprudence, study the Court's decision-making process, and examine the breadth of the Court's docket: constitutional, statutory, and regulatory decisions as well as the Courts original jurisdiction. Students will be required to write short reaction papers and a longer paper that may satisfy the upper class writing requirement. The longer paper, which will focus on one of the cases, will be due prior to the seminar during which we discuss that case. Students who write a substantial paper may earn an additional credit with prior permission of the instructor.