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Spring 2015
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies - C3 - BREM- 22461

Professor(s): Katherine  Brem (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section C 

Time: 1:00p-1:50p T  9:30a-10:20a FLocation: 240  BLB

Course Outline: Spring 2015
6207 Lawyering Skills and Strategies –
Credits: 2

Course Outline: Lawyering Skills and Strategies II will focus on legal writing in litigation and transactional contexts and the skills and strategic planning lawyers must possess to succeed within actual lawyering experiences. The curriculum will be problem – based, using fact-pattern simulations to enable students to work through actual practice skills and strategies and ethical issues. Training in essential lawyering skills such as oral communication, legal writing, research, and analysis will be embedded within fact pattern simulations involving typical litigation and transactional issues that students will work through to develop lawyering skills and problem-solving strategies. Students at times will be assigned to represent opposing sides of the problem.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   12.18.14- UPDATE:
For the Spring 15 semester, students will need to purchase Texas Rules of Form (The GreenBook) 12th ed., ISBN: 978-1-878-674081

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments: LAWYERING SKILLS & STRATEGIES
SPRING 2015 ~ FIRST DAY ASSIGNMENT
PROFESSOR KATHERINE BREM

Research the following question using whichever service you prefer: Lexis, Westlaw or Bloomberg Law.

At the time Fred Smith died, he and his wife, Ginger, had a foster child, Dorothy, living with them. Fred and Ginger planned to adopt Dorothy, but had not yet done so at the time of Fred’s death. Related to Fred’s death, Ginger has filed suit under the Texas wrongful death statute. The wrongful death statute provides, in pertinent part, “An action to recover damages as provided by this subchapter is for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased.” Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 71.004 (West 2013).
Is Dorothy a proper party to the wrongful death action?

Please carefully keep track of your research path. Not only will we discuss this in our first class; you will turn it in so that I can follow your research path and give you commentary on how you might improve your research efficiency.
In addition to completing the research assignment, please read these two articles prior to coming to class next Tuesday. See you at 1pm. However, please note the new Friday class time – 9:30 rather than 8:30! Life is good. Hope you’ve enjoyed your well-earned holidays.
—Professor Brem

10 Rules for Young Lawyers

McElhaney The Power of Plain Talk

Final Exam Schedule:    

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Course Materials (1/12/2015 1:32:15 PM)

Book(s) Required

ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL BOOK IS REQUIRED FOR SP15: THE GREENBOOK- TEXAS RULES OF FORM, ISBN: 978187674081 STUDENTS WILL ALL THE SAME BOOKS PURCHASED IN THE FALL 14 SEMESTER.