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This one-credit “mini-course” will introduce you to procedural and structural strategies that litigants use in civil practice in federal courts and how judges respond to them. We will discuss and critique emerging trends in federal civil practice, including the use of magistrates to manage complex civil cases, national injunctions, and the Supreme Court’s “shadow docket” for emergency interlocutory orders. We will also discuss a couple of important but often overlooked aspects of litigation that distinguish excellent from so-so litigators: pleading and professionalism. The court will be co-taught by Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat. Judge Tjoflat has a wealth of experience in litigating, adjudicating, and crafting procedures for civil trial practice in the federal courts. He has had more influence on the history, law, and norms of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit than any other judge.

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