Diane P. Wood : Courses and Seminars
In this seminar, we will explore the various doctrines that police the line between the role of the federal court system and the often-parallel role of the state courts (or occasionally tribal courts). Those doctrines include, for example, the limits on the subject-matter jurisdiction of the federal courts found in Article III; the Rooker-Feldman doctrine; common-law limitations on federal authority such as those for domestic relations and probate cases; the various abstention doctrines (Pullman, Burford, Younger, Colorado River); the Anti-Injunction Acts; notions of lis pendens that apply in both federal and state courts; and "complete" versus defense preemption. Each meeting will involve a discussion of one or more of these doctrines. Students will use Hart and Wechsler's "The Federal Courts and the Federal System" (7th ed. 2015), by Fallon, Manning, Meltzer & Shapiro, ISBN 978-1-60930-427-0. Students will write a paper (which can qualify for the substantial writing requirement) for credit in the seminar. Please note: On Monday, January 25, 2016, this class will meet from 6:10 to 8:10 p.m.
Diane P. Wood