Provisional Syllabus for Civil Procedure
Fall 2017

The class policies are located here.

1) This syllabus is provisional only! Many changes may be made in the reading throughout the semester.  To figure out what the reading for the next day is, look to the website for the course

2) Every week or so I will make an attempt to line up this syllabus with the reading assignments that have actually occurred and my best guess about what we will be able to do for the rest of the semester. 

3) You should make use of the links to the specific Federal Rules and statutory and constitutional provisions that are provided in this syllabus (and on the webpage for the course) when reading these materials for class, because these links give you an edited version that excludes unrelated and unassigned material.


The casebook for the course is Glannon, Perlman, Raven-Hasen (GPR), Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (3rd ed. 2017)


Mon. Aug. 21

Introduction to Civil Procedure

The Structure of the Federal and State Court Systems

Introduction to Subject Matter Jurisdiction

GPR pp. 3-19

Wed. Aug. 23

The Progress of a Civil Suit

The Sources of Procedural Law

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction: Domicile

GPR 21-38, 41-52

Thurs. Aug. 24

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction
GPR pp. 52-59

U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1; 28 U.S.C. 1332


Mon. Aug. 28

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction Continued

GPR pp. 59-79

28 U.S.C. 1332(c)(1)


Wed. Aug. 30

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction Continued and Federal Question Subject Matter Jurisdiction 

GPR pp. 79-108

U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1; 28 U.S.C. 1331


Thurs. Aug. 31

Federal Question Continued

GPR 108-125

Standard for Removal

GPR 127-136

28 U.S.C. 1441(a)-(b), (f) 

28 U.S.C. 1446(c)(2)
28 U.S.C. 1446(a)-(d) 

Mon. Sept. 4

Procedure for Removal
GPR 136-44
Personal Jurisdiction - Pennoyer Framework
GPR 147-164
First Restatement on Pennoyer
Second Restatement on In Personam, In Rem and Quasi In Rem

 U.S. Const. Amend. XIV 1 and Art IV, 1; 28 U.S.C. 1738 


Wed. Sept. 6

Personal Jurisdiction - International Shoe

GPR 164-78


Thurs. Sept. 7

Int'l Shoe continued

Mon. Sept. 11

Specific Personal Jurisdiction 

GPR 179-205


Wed. Sept. 13

Specific Personal Jurisdiction: Stream of Commerce/Internet

GPR 205-243

Thurs. Sept. 14

General In Personam Jurisdiction

GPR 243-68


Mon. Sept. 18

In Rem and Quasi in Rem Jurisdiction

GPR 268-86


GPR 286-305

Long-Arm Statutes

GPR 307-15

Wed. Sept. 20

Personal Jurisdiction in Federal Court under FRCP 4(k)

GPR 322-25

Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(k)
U.S. Const. Amend. V 


Thurs. Sept. 21


Mon. Sept. 25

Notice and Service

GPR 327-348

 Fed. R. Civ. P. 3; 4(a)-(b); 4(c)(1); 4(c)(2); 4(e); 4(h); 4(l)-(m); 77(a)
 Form 3 (.pdf)

State Service

Substituted Service

Service and Personal Jurisdiction

GPR 348-63 (skim Baidoo)

Wed. Sept. 27


GPR 367-384

28 U.S.C. 1391(a)-(d)

Challenges to Venue

GPR 385-416 (skim Piper)

Thurs. Sept. 28

History of Pleading

Notice Pleading

Pleading with Particularity

GPR 419-53

Fed. R. Civ. P. 1, 2, 8(a), 10(a)-(b)
Form 11 (.pdf)

Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b)

Mon. Oct. 2

GPR 453-73

Wed. Oct. 4


GPR 475-86

Thurs. Oct. 5

Responding to a Complaint

GPR 486-515

Fed. R. Civ. P. 7; 8(b)-(d); 12(a)(1)-(2), (4); 12(b); 12(e)-(h); 55(a)    

Mon. Oct. 9

Responding to a Complaint

GPR 523-524

Wed. Oct. 11

Rule 11

GPR 525-558

Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d), 11


Thurs. Oct. 12

Amending Pleadings/Relation Back

GPR 559-73, 580-89

Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), 15(c), (d)


Mon. Oct. 16 [break]


Wed. Oct. 18

Relation Back When Adding Parties

GPR 589-603 


GPR 607-614 (don't bother reading the Hohlbein case and notes 1 and 2 at all)
GPR 621-46 (just skim the Erkins case - we won't discuss it in detail)

Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(g)-(h); 14(a)-(b); 18(a); 20(a)

Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(a)-(c)              

Thurs. Oct. 19

Complex Joinder
GPR 647-673 (just skim Grutter case - we won't be discussing it in detail)
Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)-(b)

Fed. R. Civ. P. 19(a)-(b)


Mon. Oct. 23

GPR 729-31, 735-42, 748-59, and 768-72 (do not read the Gibbs, Owen, or Allapattah cases, I think we can get by just with Glannon's discussion of them)

U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1
28 U.S.C. 1367

28 USC 1441(c)


Wed. Oct. 25

Scope of Discovery

GPR 775-76, 786-89, 793-821 [don't do Tucker case]

Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)


Thurs. Oct. 26

Discovery Tools

GPR 823-24, 830-41 (don't read Zubulake), 849-60, 867-69

Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) 

Fed. R. Civ . P. 26(a)(3)


Mon. Oct. 30

Discovery Control and Abuse

GPR 871-72, 880-89

Fed. R. Civ . P. 26(g)

State Law in Federal Courts: Swift & Erie

GPR 893-911


Wed. Nov. 1 [away for conference]


Thurs. Nov. 2 [away for conference]


Mon. Nov. 6

State Law in Federal Court: Erie

GPR 903-931


Wed. Nov. 8

Substance and Procedure under Erie

GPR 933-984


Thurs. Nov. 9


Mon. Nov. 13

Dismissal and Summary Judgment

GPR 1013-1032, 1042-43

Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c)-(d), 56

Judgment as a Matter of Law
GPR 1079-96


Wed. Nov. 15

GPR 1121-22
New Trial
GPR 1135-37
Relief from Judgment
GPR 1163-64

Claim Preclusion



Thurs. Nov. 16

Exceptions to Claim Preclusion


Mon. Nov. 20 

Issue Preclusion

GPR 1249-1274

Wed. Nov. 22 [break]

Thurs. Nov. 23 [break]

Mon. Nov. 27

Non-Mutual Issue Preclusion

GPR 1274-1286



Wed. Nov. 29 

[no class...?]

Thurs. Nov. 30 

[no class...?]