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Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine: Civil Pleading


Scott Dodson


University of California Hastings College of the Law

Colin P. Starger


University of Baltimore - School of Law

April 7, 2014

7 Federal Courts Law Review 275 (2014)
UC Hastings Research Paper No. 102

Abstract:     
This essay, adapted from the video presentation available on Vimeo as #89845875, graphically depicts the genealogy and evolution of federal civil pleading standards in U.S. Supreme Court opinions over time. We show that the standard narrative — of a decline in pleading liberality from Conley to Twombly to Iqbal — is complicated by both progenitors and progeny. We therefore offer a fuller picture of the doctrine of Rule 8 pleading that ought to be of use to judges and practitioners in federal court. We also hope, through the video presentation, to introduce a new visual format for academic scholarship that capitalizes on the virtues of narration, graphics, mapping, online accessibility, and electronic dissemination.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: video article, video project, Twombly, iqbal, twiqbal, Rule 8, pleading, vimeo, conley, leatherman, swierkiewicz, skinner, matrixx, papasan, dura, broudo

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Date posted: April 9, 2014 ; Last revised: April 26, 2014

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Dodson, Scott and Starger, Colin P., Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine: Civil Pleading (April 7, 2014). 7 Federal Courts Law Review 275 (2014); UC Hastings Research Paper No. 102. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2422160

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Scott Dodson (Contact Author)
University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States
415-581-8959 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uchastings.edu/faculty-administration/faculty/dodson/index.html

Colin P. Starger
University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
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