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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Scott Dodson Co-produces First of its Kind Video Law Review Article

The short video clearly illustrates civil pleadings standards at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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"We wanted to make our scholarship available to those who aren't as interested in journal pages and footnotes," Dodson says.

The author of more than 35 traditionally published law review articles, UC Hastings Professor Scott Dodson has just released his first video article, "Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine: Civil Pleadings."

Working with co-author Colin Starger of the University of Baltimore Law School, Dodson’s seven-minute film explains the history and doctrine of civil pleading standards at the Supreme Court level, in a format that is accessible to a wide audience.

"I am very excited about this video," Dodson says. "It opens up an opportunity to capitalize on the electronic virtues of broad accessibility and easy dissemination. A law student can watch it during a class break on her iPhone; an attorney can view it on the train commuting to work; a judge can take a quick look during oral argument on a motion to dismiss. We wanted to make our scholarship available to those who aren't as interested in journal pages and footnotes."


A more traditional written adaptation will be published in paper form by the Federal Courts Law Review, a peer-reviewed journal, later this spring. Dodson and Starger hope that this will be the first of many similar projects.

About Scott Dodson

Professor Scott Dodson graduated from Duke University School of Law (JD 2000) and Rice University (BA Biology 1996). After graduating from law school, Professor Dodson clerked for the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

An expert in civil procedure and federal courts, Professor Dodson has authored more than thirty-five articles, appearing in Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. He is the author or editor of three books: The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Cambridge forthcoming 2014), New Pleading in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford 2013), and Civil Procedure: Model Problems and Outstanding Answers (Oxford 2011, 2d ed. 2012). His writings have been cited by the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits. Professor Dodson is a frequent commentator in various news media and has blogged at SCOTUSblog, Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog, and PrawfsBlawg. He also has authored or joined numerous amicus briefs before the Supreme Court.

Prior to joining UC Hastings, Professor Dodson held a permanent faculty appointment at William & Mary Law School from 2009-2012 and at the University of Arkansas School of Law from 2006-2009. For the 2008 fall semester, Professor Dodson was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.

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