Course Description

601:590. Aviation Law (2) S

R.W. CLARK


This course is taught on an intensive schedule. Limited enrollment = 24.


2018 Aviation Law Course Description

Aviation Law is a skills development course based loosely upon the uncontained engine failure on Southwest Flight 1380 that landed at Philadelphia International Airport on April 17, 2018, with the loss of one and injuries to others. In our class scenario, you work in a Philadelphia law firm hired to represent one of the parties to our lawsuit. We will split into teams representing on an alternating basis the claimants and the defendants. Relying upon International and Domestic law, as well as applying Federal procedural rules, the class will create a hypothetical lawsuit. You will have the opportunity to develop liability, damage and procedural issues that often arise in complex aviation litigation, and you will have the chance to prepare complaints and answers and various motions that become appropriate or necessary throughout the course of a lawsuit up to and including trial, and to argue those motions.  You will become familiar with the Montreal Treaty, personal and subject matter jurisdiction, federal preemption, choice of law, forum non conveniens and various other concepts that have unique application in this area of the law.  By the end of the course you will have gained skill in issue spotting, preparation of pleadings and motions and briefing, oral argument, all with the goal of improving your ability to efficiently represent clients in complex litigation.  We begin the course with an intense two week session (Monday through Thursday – week of August 20 and repeat week of August 27) so we will need to hit the ground running. We will return for one full-day Saturday session on November 10, 2018, and that will complete the course. There will be no final examination. Grades will be on writing (which necessarily includes issue spotting), oral argument and class participation.