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Gregory Sisk

Pio Cardinal Laghi Distinguished Chair in Law and Professor
Degree
J.D., University of Washington Law School
B.A., Montana State University
Office
MSL 460
Phone
(651) 962-4923
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4923
Mail
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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After law school, Gregory Sisk entered into public service, serving in all three branches of the federal government: legislative assistant to a United States Senator, law clerk to a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and appellate specialist with the United States Department of Justice. Subsequent to government service, he was the head of the appellate department for a Seattle law firm. As an appellate attorney, Sisk has handled appeals cases before ten of the thirteen federal courts of appeals and several state appellate courts. Sisk joined the faculty of the Drake University Law School in 1991, where he was appointed the Richard M. & Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor.

Sisk is also the author of a novel, Marital Privilege, published in 2014 by North Star Press, which is a legal drama with a law professor, lawyers, and judges as characters and which is set in the Twin Cities.

Sisk is a nationally-recognized scholar on the subjects of civil litigation with the federal government and empirical (statistical) analysis of judicial decision making; he also writes about federal courts, legal ethics, and constitutional law. He is the author of the casebook, “Litigation With the Federal Government,” which is published by Foundation Press, and a treatise by the same name, which is published by ALI-ABA. Sisk’s empirical work on court decisions was honored with the Article Prize from the Law and Society Association in 1999.

He has remained an active member of the practicing bar, primarily in appellate litigation and as an expert witness or consultant on legal ethics. In recent years, he has briefed cases before the U.S. Supreme Court on civil suits against the federal government and jurisdiction in the Court of Federal Claims. He served as reporter for the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct Drafting Committee appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to draft the new set of ethics rules to govern lawyers in Iowa. Sisk also is an elected member of the American Law Institute.


Selected Publications

Litigation With the Federal Government (West Academic Press, forthcoming 2016)

Litigation With the Federal Government:  Cases and Materials (with Teacher’s Manual) (Foundation Press, 2000) (2d ed., 2008) (2015 Update)

Marital Privilege (A Novel) (North Star Press, 2014)

“Too Many Notes”? An Empirical Study of Advocacy in Federal Appeals, 12 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 578 (2015)

The Legal Ethics of Real Evidence:  Of Child Porn on the Choirmaster’s Computer and Bloody Knives Under the Stairs, 89 Washington Law Review 819 (2014)

Twilight for the Strict Construction of Waivers of Federal Sovereign Immunity, 92 North Carolina Law Review 1245 (2014)

Muslims and Religious Liberty in the Era of 9/11:  Empirical Evidence From the Federal Courts, 98 Iowa Law Review 231 (2012) (with Michael Heise)

Ideology “All the Way Down”? An Empirical Study of Establishment Clause Decisions in the Federal Courts, 110 Michigan Law Review 1201 (2012) (with Michael Heise)

The Jurisdiction of the Court of Federal Claims and Forum-Shopping in Money Claims Against the Federal Government, 88 Indiana Law Journal 83 (2012)

The Dynamic Attorney-Client Privilege, 23 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 201 (2010) — Cited in Gillard v. AIG Ins. Co., 15 A.3d 44, 58 (Pa.)

Gregory Sisk Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 725 - 01 Professional Responsibility - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 446

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 446

Course Registration Number:

22655 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gregory C. Sisk

This course will examine issues of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. Students will study the law governing the conduct of lawyers in areas like formation of the lawyer/client relationship, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client communications and the lawyer's role within the adversarial process. Additionally, students will move beyond the legal rules and regulations to explore expanded and aspirational ideas of what a lawyer's role can and should be in the lawyer/client relationship, in the profession and in society.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 886 - 01 Litigation W/Fed Govt M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 238

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M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

22680 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Gregory C. Sisk

This course will introduce students to the unique principles that apply when the sovereign is a party to a court action. Because the federal government is a party in nearly one- third of all civil cases in the federal courts, an under- standing of these principles is vital for any student interested in litigation or government practice. Students will examine the role of the Department of Justice, the question of federal sovereign immunity, suits against federal officers,a nd awards of attorney's fees against the government. Students also will explore when and how the government responds to injuries that it has caused to its citizens.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 950 - 24 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

22831 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Gregory C. Sisk

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 952 - 01 Clinic: Appellate II - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

22709 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Gregory C. Sisk

This is the second semester of the two-semester clinic related to Appellate work. Prerequisite: LAWS 951

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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