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Law School Launches Course on Litigation in New York's Commercial Division

Monday, January 6, 2014

Over the last several years, St. John’s Law has reconceived its upper-level curriculum to offer students innovative courses in writing, dispute resolution, advocacy, and other practical skills — all designed to help them gain the targeted expertise they need to graduate profession-ready.  The latest addition to this new slate of courses is Litigation in New York’s Commercial Division, which will be team-taught this semester by Rosa Castello, Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, and Daniel Wiig, an accomplished attorney, editor of the Commercial Division Law Report, and former clerk for the Commercial Division courts. 

“I’m excited to help launch this new course,” said Professor Castello. “Many of our students choose to practice commercial litigation, and a course focusing on this court will provide them with a valuable means to learn more about practice in, and unique issues confronting, this forum.” The course will include instruction in Commercial Division practice and procedure as well as discussions about hot topics in commercial litigation today. Professor Wiig will arrange for practitioners and clerks to come to the Law School to speak with the class, and students will visit the Commercial Division to observe the court’s motion practice in real time. Collectively, these connections with judges and practitioners provide an invaluable learning experience and networking opportunity for the students.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to write case summaries for the Commercial Division Law Report, a quarterly publication covering recent, leading opinions of the Commercial Division Justices. “Crafting a case summary allows students to improve their writing skills by turning a complex and lengthy opinion into a concise, clear, correct piece of writing,” Professor Castello noted. “Students enhance the legal writing skills they acquired as 1Ls and receive feedback and comments from me and Professor Wiig at each stage of the writing process.Teaching students about this unique court and giving them an opportunity to write case summaries fosters a deeper understanding of commercial litigation in New York.”