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Civil Procedure (brief course guide)

Civil Procedure

In Civil Procedure class, you learn about the rules that litigants in United States federal courts must follow.

In this guide, section-specific content is listed with Barristers content following Advocates content.

Advocates: Professor Juscelino Colares

Juscelino F. Cloares is Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies and Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law. He is Co-director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and Professor of Political Science, with a secondary appoint in CWRU's College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches civil procedure, conflict of laws and a various courses and seminars on international business law and regulatory law. His scholarship, which has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, focuses on interjurisdictional conflicts between national regulatory law and local, supranational or international norms in areas ranging from commercial law to corruption and from trade to environmental law.

His faculty profile features his CV, as well as links to recent publications.


Barristers: Professor Hoffman


Sharona Hoffman joined the faculty in 1999. She is the Edgar A. Hahn Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Co-Director of the Law School's Law-Medicine Center. She teaches Health Law courses, Employment Discrimination, and Civil Procedure and was voted First Year Teacher of the Year in 2011 and 2012. She also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 until 2009 and won the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award.

Professor Hoffman received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. in health law from the University of Houston, and an S.J.D. in health law from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to becoming an academic, Ms. Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, a litigation associate at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman (Western District of Michigan).

In 2013, Professor Hoffman was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a scholar-in-residence fellowship in public health law. She has also twice spent a sabbatical semester as a Visiting Scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007 and 2014) and was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University in 2014 as well.

Professor Hoffman has published over sixty articles and book chapters on health law and civil rights issues. She has developed particular expertise and a national reputation in the area of health information technology. Her work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, and Boston College Law Review, among many other journals. She is the author of two books: Aging with a Plan: How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (Praeger 2015) and Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press 2016). Professor Hoffman has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has been widely quoted in the press.

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