Civil Procedure: Rules, M - Breedon


Course Title

Civil Procedure: Rules, M



First Assignment

SPRING 2013 


Professor Breedon 




  • Stephen C. Yeazell, Civil Procedure (7th ed. 2008). (Although an 8th edition is currently available, we will continue using the same edition that you used in last semester’s Civil Procedure: Jurisdiction course.) 


  • An up-to-date version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Related Statutes, such as West, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 2012-13 Educational Edition.  Note that the most up-to-date version of the rules is also available online: 




In addition to the required texts, we will be using a Westlaw TWEN account for this course (Civil Procedure Rules EVENING Section M: Breedon).  Please be sure to enroll in the TWEN course, which will be set up before our first class meeting, as the TWEN account will serve as the primary means by which additional course materials will be posted and distributed. 



            Overview (Review + Preview) of Civil Procedure. 

  1. Read Yeazell – pages 1-17 (through first full paragraph) 

                                    Topics Covered 

                                     -  The Idea and Practice of Procedure 

                                     -  Where Can Suit Be Brought? 

                                     -  Stating the Case – The Lawyer’s Responsibility 


                                    Notes and Problems 

                                    Be prepared to discuss the following notes and problems from the readings: 

                                                Pages 9-11 (#1, #2, #3, #6a.) 

                                                Page 12 (skip notes and problems) 

                                                Pages 14-15 (all) 


  1. Skim Rules 1, 2, 3, 4(a)-(c), 12(b)(1) when the textbook refers to them.  (We will return to some of these rules in greater depth as the semester proceeds.  For now, we are simply gaining an overview.) 


  1. Read Rule 11 carefullywhen the textbook refers to it on page 13. 


  1. Review 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1332, 1391 when textbook refers to them. 


  1. Read Forms 1, 2, 7, and 11.