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Nettie A. Woolhandler

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. Harvard Law School 1978
B.A. Yale University 1975

Ann Woolhandler joined the resident faculty of the Law School in January 2002, after spending the spring of 2001 as a visiting professor at Virginia. Formerly a professor of law at Tulane University, she is an expert on the federal court system and civil procedure. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston University, and on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati. 

LAW 6000: Civil Procedure
Credits: 4
This course covers the procedures courts use in deciding lawsuits that do not involve criminal misconduct. Much of it is concerned with the process of litigation in trial courts, from the initial documents called pleadings, through the pre-trial process, especially the process of discovery in which parties obtain information from one another, to trial itself.
LAW 6102: Administrative Law
Credits: 3–4
This course covers the role of agencies in the constitutional structure and their operations. Topics include the nondelegation doctrine, executive appointment and removal power, the legislative veto as well as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and other sources of law that regulate and structure the authority of agencies to determine the rights and responsibilities of the public. Prerequisite: LAW 6001-Constitutional Law
LAW 8003: Civil Rights Litigation
Credits: 3
This course focuses on lawsuits against public officials and governments. The bulk of the course looks at constitutional and statutory claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Topics include what it means to act "under color of state law," absolute and qualified immunities, government liability for the acts of individual officials, monetary and injunctive relief and attorney's fees awards.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member