Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Welcome to Federal Courts

Welcome to the FIU Fed Courts Blog. There are three posts that you must read and follow prior to our first class meeting on Monday, August 14.

To read the blog, go to; posts can be read going down from most recent to least recent. To post to the blog, go to; you can log-in with a username and password. For complete information on the purposes and uses of the blog, read the Syllabus.

To be able to post, you must register as an author and a reader. To register as an author, please send an e-mail to me ( In the subject line, type “Fed Courts Blog Registration;” in the body of the e-mail, please type your name and your e-mail address. You then will receive an e-mail “Invitation” inviting you to join as an author on the blog. You must follow the steps outlined in the invitation e-mail to register (under your full name, no handles or usernames) as an author. Please register under your full (first and last) name. Please do this at the beginning of the semester, as soon as you receive the invitation.

Once you have registered, take a few minutes to explore how to write a post. Note that you can put up photographs and video. You also can put web links in the text by highlighting the text you want to use for the hyperlink and clicking the "Link" button.

Course Materials and First Day Assignments

Please download and read the Syllabus (or from right) for complete details about the course, assignments, pedagogical approach, grading methods, and course rules. Review it prior to the first class. You should bring the Syllabus with you to every class. Please review the Course Evaluation Information (or from right) for complete details about grading and graded assignments for the course. I will answer questions about these prior to the second class, on Wednesday, August 16.

I am doing something a bit different this year in terms of course materials. There will be no casebook. Instead, we will be working from two treatises and launching our discussion from them. Chemerinsky is more detailed and will form the core of most of our discussions; Pfander offers a supplementary overview. There is a trade-off: You will have more total pages to read, but the reading will be easier than parsing cases yourselves. See Syllabus for more details.

Required Course Materials:

1) Erwin Chemerinsky, Federal Jurisdiction (7th ed. 2016) (“Chemerinsky”)
2)  James E. Pfander, Principles of Federal Jurisdiction (3d ed. 2016) (“Pfander”)

3) Federal Courts Blog: (additional cases and materials, indicated in syllabus)

Assignments for First Day of Class (after the Jump)