Civil Procedure: Pleading
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Civil Procedure: Pleading

by Hillel Y. Levin

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This chapter covers the Civil Procedure topic of Pleading: The Plaintiff’s Complaint. The chapter takes approximately four class periods to cover in detail.

The student is exposed to cases, presented with questions that are designed to both guide class discussion and to help the student focus his reading of the materials, pleadings from cases, and the applicable Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

There are two accompanying files available only to faculty who are registered at (registration is free for faculty at CALI member schools): a Teaching Manual and a Supplemental Material document. The Supplemental Material should be distributed to students at the appropriate point in the unit. Please see the Teaching Manual for details.


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Civil Procedure: Pleading The Plaintiff's Complaint
Unit 1
1. Rule 8. General Rules of Pleading
2. Rule 9. Pleading Special Matters
2.1. Conley v. Gibson
2.2. Questions
2.3. Swierkiewicz v. Sorema N.A.
2.4. Questions
2.5. In-class exercise
3. Rule 10. Form of Pleadings
3.1. Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly
3.2. Questions
3.3. Ashcroft v. Iqbal
3.4. Questions
3.5. Kregler v. City of New York
3.6. Questions
4. Complaint 1
5. Complaint 2
5.1. Complaint for Damages

Hillel Y. Levin joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in the fall of 2017. He teaches courses on education law and policy, constitutional law, legislation, administrative law and others.

Levin’s expertise lies in education law and policy, statutory interpretation, church/state issues, constitutional law and judicial process. His scholarship has been published in several leading law journals, and he is the author of a popular coursebook on statutory interpretation. He has also published and appeared in popular media, testified before the state legislature, done extensive consulting work, and been the lead author on a Supreme Court amicus brief. In addition, Levin serves on the advisory board of the peer-reviewed Education Law and Policy Review.

Levin is the 2013 recipient of the law school’s C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. His innovative teaching methods have been recognized nationally and have earned him invitations to speak at conferences about teaching practical lawyering skills within the doctrinal classroom. He also serves as the director of Georgia Law in Atlanta, which houses the law school's growing Atlanta-based programs.

Levin came to UGA from Stanford Law School, where he served as a Stanford Law Fellow and instructor. Previously, he served as a judicial clerk for Judge Thomas J. Meskill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and for Judge Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He also specialized in complex litigation as an associate at Robinson & Cole.

He earned his B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he served as note and book note editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities.

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