Mapping Supreme Court Doctrine: Civil Pleading
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Colin P. Starger
University of Baltimore - School of Law
April 7, 2014
Federal Courts Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 275, 2014
UC Hastings Research Paper No. 102
University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-06
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: 11
Keywords: video article, video project, Twombly, iqbal, twiqbal, Rule 8, pleading, vimeo, conley, leatherman, swierkiewicz, skinner, matrixx, papasan, dura, broudo
Date posted: April 9, 2014 ; Last revised: May 20, 2015
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