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

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, legislative reforms that have attempted to provide legal remedies for battered women, lawsuits that have led to more responsive police and court practices, and public policy proposals for change. It will examine leal efforts to assist battered women as a case study of evolving conceptions of the family, gender discrimination, the relationship of legal theory to legal practice and the interplay between law and social science. The course will assess the legal and educationalreforms that have been developed to assist battered women and examine the implications of these efforts for the relationship between law "on the books" and law "in action," and the role of law in advancing social change. The course will also look at the problems of battered women as a lens to explore the contributions of jurisprudential movements such as feminist legal theory and law and society to legal reform.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

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 Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. With prior permission of the instructor, a limited number of students may write a paper that satisfies the UCWR in lieu of the exam. Those approved to write a paper may not take the course pass/fail.