Authors & Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Angela Upchurch is a Professor of Law at Southern Illinois University School of Law and a nationally recognized teacher; she was cited in the What the Best Law Teachers Do book and received the Outstanding Teacher Award at Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2018. She teaches and writes in the area of Civil Procedure, Torts and Children and Family Law.

Susan Gilles is the John E. Sullivan Professor of Law at Capital University Law School where she teaches Civil Procedure, Torts and Media Law. Professor Gilles has received student teaching awards at three different law schools. She writes in the area of civil procedure and media law (and is a past chair of the AALS Section on Mass Communication), and past scholarship has explored the intersection of procedure and media law.

Cynthia Ho is the Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor at Loyola University Chicago of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure as well as intellectual property classes. She writes about issues at the intersection intellectual property and health law, as well as teaching. In addition, she has created interactive lessons for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Prior to teaching at Loyola, she practiced intellectual property litigation.

The authors have a combined total of over 30 years of experience teaching Civil Procedure and each has piloted a beta version of C&L:CP in class. The authors have presented portion(s) of earlier versions of C&L:CP at the Teaching Panel of the 2016 Annual AALS conference, as well as at other conferences such as at CALICon, and the 2019 Online Learning Conference at the University of Denver School of Law. In addition, the coauthors published An Active Learning Approach to Teaching Tough Topics: Personal Jurisdiction as an Example, 65 J. LEGAL ED. 772 (2016). The authors also each have practical litigation experience, including work in and before the federal district and appellate courts.

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The authors are grateful that Carolina Academic Press was willing to commit to our bold new approach to teaching Civil Procedure that went beyond any prior project they had undertaken at the time. C&L:CP has been years in the making and throughout it all Scott Sipe (Carolina Academic Press) has provided encouragement, wisdom and unfailing good-humor as we brought this project to a close. We must also thank Carol Thomson (FireStream Media) for her dedicated and unflagging leadership and for putting together such a wonderful team: we thank Claudia Fulshaw (Claudia Fulshaw Design) for her creative designs and Emily Gillcoat for saying time and time again — “yes, I can make it do that!” We also deeply appreciate the dedication of Chase Baity at Carolina Academic Press, who entered the over 2,000 questions that make up the core of C&L:CP with such care and precision.

The authors would also like to thank the hundreds of law students at Capital, SIU and Loyola-Chicago who have helped test C&L:CP and given us valuable feedback. We also deeply appreciate the insights and suggestions of Professor Andy Pardieck of Southern Illinois University School of Law. Finally, we are grateful to all the students who have provided assistance throughout the project and especially the following research assistants who dedicated substantial hours to proofing, testing and offering feedback:

Lina Abbaoui; Alyssa Alexander; Emelea Helisek; Sarah Johnson; Larissa Lance; Christian Morgan, Alexis Preskar; Ryan Prosise; Larae Schraeder; Brenda Jean Searcy; Hattie Strange; Trent Thacker; and Ryan Wallace. Thanks to you all. Moreover, thanks also to our respective schools for providing institutional assistance to enable student research support without whom the project would not have been possible.

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