Courses

Elizabeth Schneider

Rose L. Hoffer Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7988 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Domestic Violence
Civil Rights
Women's Rights
Education
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.Sc., The London School of Economics and Political Science
J.D., New York University 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.

Domestic Violence and the Law

This course will focus on the explosion of legal advocacy efforts for battered women and the growth in legal responses to violence in intimate relationships more generally. We will examine the history of the battered women's movement and activism against violence against women and discuss the role of lawyers in movements for social change. We will examine domestic violence related law and policy in several arenas and areas of law including criminal prosecution and defense, family law, and protection orders. We will move from discussions of policy and legal theory to practice oriented exercises. The course is an interdisciplinary course. We will critically examine social science, psychology, and legal materials related to the social problem of domestic violence.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students will be required to write a number of individual short papers and to complete a larger group project. Depending on student interest and the size of enrollment, students may also give class presentations. With the permission of the instructor, a limited number of students may submit a paper to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement in lieu of the group project.

Federal Civil Litigation, Public Law and Justice Seminar

This seminar will look at issues in federal civil litigation that raise questions about whether our federal civil procedural system is able to meet the goal of doing justice, focusing on public law and civil rights cases. Among the topics to be considered are alternative dispute resolution, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund , access to courts, the disappearance of federal civil trials, secret settlements, the division between judge/jury decision making in summary judgment, Daubert and post-verdict motions, the decline of public adjudication, the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions on procedure, the Rulemaking process for reform of federal civil procedure and comparative civil procedure.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students will be required to give an oral class presentation on an approved topic of their choice, and will either write a paper on that topic or take an exam if they choose. Class attendance will be critical and grades will be based on class participation, oral presentation and paper or exam. With the permission of the instructor, a limited number of students may write a paper to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.

Women and the Law

This class analyzes sex-based differential treatment in various areas of the law, including, but not limited to, constitutional law, criminal law, employment law and family law. Particular emphasis is placed on constitutional concepts, litigation strategy, and the development of legal remedies.

Grading and Method of Evalation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. A limited number of students will be permitted to write a paper in lieu of the exam with the permission of the instructor. This paper may fulfill the Upperclass Writing Requirement.