Robin Effron

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7933 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure
Comparative Contract Law
Complex Litigation

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
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.

Class Action and Mass Litigation

This course examines the theory and practice of complex multiparty cases. We will address different methods of aggregation including class actions and multidistrict litigation. We will cover several important topics in complex litigation including class certification and multidistrict consolidation, notice, choice of law, preclusion, bellwether trials, and settlement. Grading and Method of Evaluation. Letter grade with Pass/Fail option. Final Exam

Federal Courts and the Federal System

An advanced study of the sources of federal jurisdiction is presented, with emphasis on Article III of the United States Constitution, including justiciability, original jurisdiction of the federal courts, review of state court decisions by the Supreme Court and statutory and judge-made limitations on access to the federal courts.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

International Business Transactions

This course analyzes the international law, United States law, and selected foreign law issues regarding doing business abroad. Problems such as international sales contracts, choice of law, letters of credit, international transportation and insurance, customs law, tariffs, import relief, export licensing, international boycotts, foreign corrupt practices, antitrust, extraterritorial regulation, trade in services, joint ventures, licensing of intellectual property and foreign investment issues will be discussed.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.