Damages: Using a Case Study to Teach Law, Lawyering, and Dispute Resolution
10 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Sep 2015
Date Written: June 30, 2004
Seven law school faculty members and one practicing attorney recently developed and taught a wholly new kind of law course based on an already published case study, Damages: One Family's Legal Struggles in the World of Medicine, by Barry Werth, an investigative reporter who spent several years researching to write the book. Damages, an in-depth account of a medical malpractice case, presents the perspectives of the injured family, the defendant physician, the lawyers, and the three mediators. In this Symposium Introduction, the authors provide a summary of Werth's book, explain why they decided to create a course based on his book, describe the course, and suggest ways that other law schools might use the course materials they developed.
Keywords: legal education, dispute resolution, mediation
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