On Halloween, Burt Neuborne’s first-year Procedure class is haunted by cases past

Three decades ago, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties Burt Neuborne inaugurated a terrifying tradition. Every year when a session of his first-year Procedure class falls on Halloween, Neuborne and his students wear costumes reflecting the course’s content. “The spirits must be lined up perfectly,” says Neuborne, and this year they were. No ghost lawyers appeared, but students and their professor came to class costumed as Pennoyer v. Neff, Burger King v. Rudzewicz, Walden v. Fiore, Hanson v. Denckla, Gibbs v. United Mine Workers, and Asahi v. Superior Court, among other spine-tinglers. Not even cold-calling provides as many chills.

Posted November 5, 2019