Roger Michalski

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Areas of Expertise
Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure
International Litigation & Arbitration
B.A., University of Rochester
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall 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.

International Litigation

Students will be introduced to the diversity of issues and problems relating to international litigation. The course considers the special problems of litigating or arbitrating a dispute that has significant connections with more than one country. Topics in the course include: suing foreign defendants in United States courts; suits by foreign plaintiffs; recognition of judgments; the Act of State doctrine; foreign sovereign immunity; extra-territorial application of United States law; Alien Tort Statute; damages resulting from international flights; international child abduction; letters of credit; and arbitration and mediation.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.