Courses

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
Education
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.

Comparative Contract Law Seminar

Prerequisite: Contracts

This seminar will explore the theoretical foundations of contract law by drawing on the resources of different legal systems. The primary sources of study will be the common law tradition represented by the U.K. and the U.S. and the civil law tradition represented by Germany and France. Topics will include contract formation, formal and substantive requirements for contract enforcement, and remedies. The seminar also will include a brief examination of the emerging impact of international organizations on contract law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short reaction papers.

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.