Michael C. Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law and related subjects. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 100 scholarly articles and essays for law reviews, books, and peer-reviewed science and social science journals. Professor Dorf received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Dorf occasionally consults with leading law firms on complex litigation and maintains an active pro bono practice chiefly consisting of writing briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for 13 years. His essays for general audiences appear regularly on “Verdict,” “Take Care,” “SCOTUSblog,” and his blog, “Dorf on Law.”
When turning to litigation as a means to resolve business conflicts, you should be aware of the advantages and risks that the litigation process entails. In this course, you will acquire tools that will help you decide whether you should follow the litigative route and examine how to gain the most out of the process. Based on your specific issue, you will discover how to identify the most appropriate court for your litigation process. You will practice how to evaluate the comprehensive cost of litigation and study tactics that help you decide whether to appeal a court decision. In addition, you will explore potential circumstances where litigation is not the most effective option and consider other alternatives.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Thinking Like a Lawyer” and “Sources of Law” or have equivalent experience.
- Identify the different players and venues in the litigation process
- Evaluate the costs and benefits of pretrial courses of conduct
- Evaluate the strength of a case
- Find and choose alternatives to litigation
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Business leaders looking to better understand legal issues
- Founders and entrepreneurs
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals
- Professionals in highly regulated industries