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Learn Civ. Pro. From The Recognized Expert

Civil Procedure is a law school class like no other. You will learn about jurisdiction which is the power of the court to hear an issue. How to select the proper court for the issue – venue. What you must do to put a case at issue – pleadings. Civil Procedure is tricky so it’s helpful to have a guide for the class.

James M. Wagstaffe is the managing partner for the San Francisco based law firm of WVBR LLP, handling complex federal litigation. For the past 28 years he as also served as an instructor at the Federal Judicial Center's annual "New Judges Workshop", teaching new judges all aspects of federal procedure.

The videos and links below are your chance to learn civ. pro. from the recognized authority in federal civil procedure matters:

Fear of Flying, Civil Procedure

3 quick tips for surviving first-year civ. pro.

Video Player Jim Wagstaffe: Fear of Flying Civil Procedure in Law School


Understanding Jurisdiction

Subject matter and personal jurisdiction

Video Player Jim Wagstaffe: Understanding Jurisdiction for Law School Students

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Understanding Venue

Choosing the location for a trial

Video Player Jim Wagstaffe: Understanding Jurisdiction for Law School Students

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Understanding Pleadings

Putting the case “at issue”

Video Player Jim Wagstaffe: Understanding Pleadings for Law School Students

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