Slovin v. Slovin Case File

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Slovin v. Slovin is a multifaceted matrimonial action that started when Rita Slovin sued her husband, Michael Slovin, for divorce under the jurisdiction's no-fault divorce provisions. Rita seeks sole custody of the couple's two children, while Michael seeks a significant equitable distribution award and sole custody of their children. Michael has also brought a separate action against Rita for battery and slander.

This second edition of Slovin v. Slovin is a multi-purpose case file divided into five modules. The first two modules focus on child custody—the negotiation and trial of the child custody case. The second two modules concern the trial and negotiation of financial issues, with sole consideration to equitable distribution. In addition to those traditional matrimonial litigation issues, there is an additional module that introduces the theory of marital tort as an offshoot of the matrimonial litigation. There are two causes of action, one for battery and the other for defamation. The insertion of those two tort claims allows for additional training in basic trial advocacy skills while developing more complex theories of the case. Further, the related battery and defamation actions allow participants to gradually develop their advocacy skills.

The case file includes a CD-ROM containing the exhibits.

Law professors may request the teaching notes for this publication by emailing ReviewCopy@lexisnexis.com .

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CONTENT

INTRODUCTION

VERIFIED COMPLAINT

VERIFIED ANSWER

MODULE 1: TRYING THE CHILD CUSTODY CASE

    Memorandum and Order
    Core Doctrinal Concepts Concerning Child Custody
    Statement of Michael Slovin
    Statement of Rita Slovin
    Statement of Linda Allen
    Statement of Tommy Friel
    Statement of Loren Slovin
    Expert Report of Serena Phillips, MD
    Curriculum Vitae for Serena Phillips, MD
    Expert Report of Soren Elkind, PhD
    Curriculum Vitae for Soren Elkind

MODULE 2: NEGOTIATING THE CHILD CUSTODY CASE
    Background Information for Negotiations: Instructions
    Brief Overview of Negotiation Planning
    Core Doctrinal Concepts Concerning Child Custody
    Child Custody Negotiation Problem

MODULE 3: TRYING THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION CASE
    Facts Concerning Equitable Distribution
         Excerpts from Michael Slovin's Statement
         Excerpts from Rita Slovin's Statement
         Excerpt from Linda Allen's Statement
         Excerpt from Tommy Friel's Statement

    Expert Report of Rowena Marks
    Curriculum Vitae of Rowena Marks
    Expert Report of Alan Brucker
    Curriculum Vitae of Alan Brucker
    Exhibits Relating to Equitable Distribution
         Exhibit 3—Perfect Toys Agreement
         Exhibit 4—Slovin Checking Account Statement, July 6, YR-8
         Exhibit 5—Perfect Toys Revenues and Expenditures Statement, YR-11
         Exhibit 6—Perfect Toys Revenues and Expenditures Statement, YR-2
         Exhibit 7—$1 Million Check
         Exhibit 8—Slovin Checking Account Statement, June 6, YR-2
         Exhibit 12—Perfect Toys Letter to Shareholders

    Memorandum and Order
    Core Doctrinal Concepts Concerning Equitable Distribution

MODULE 4: NEGOTIATING THE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION CASE
    Brief Overview of Negotiation Planning
    Core Doctrinal Concepts Concerning Equitable Distribution
    Equitable Distribution Negotiation Problem

MODULE 5: TRYING THE MARITAL TORTS—BATTERY AND DEFAMATION
    Stipulations
    Instructions
    Complaint
    Answer
    Statement of Michael Slovin
    Statement of Rita Slovin
    Statement of Linda Allen
    Statement of Tommy Friel
    Statement of Anson Able
    Statement of Victoria Windsor
    Applicable Law: Defamation
    Jury Instructions: Defamation
    Applicable Law: Battery
    Jury Instructions: Battery

PROBLEMS
    Complete Trial Problems
         Child Custody
         Marital Tort (Battery)
         Marital Tort (Defamation)
         Equitable Distribution

    Negotiation Exercises
         Child Custody
         Equitable Distribution
         All Issues: Custody, Equitable Distribution, Battery, Defamation

    Witness Examination Problems
         Direct/Cross-Examination
         Impeachment
         Child Witness
         Expert Witness

EXHIBITS
    Exhibit 1—Hallway Diagram
    Exhibit 2—Floor Plan
    Exhibit 3—Perfect Toys Agreement
    Exhibit 4—Slovin Checking Account Statement, July 6, YR-8
    Exhibit 5—Perfect Toys Revenues and Expenditures Statement, YR-11
    Exhibit 6—Perfect Toys Revenues and Expenditures Statement, YR-2
    Exhibit 7—$1 Million Check
    Exhibit 8—Slovin Checking Account Statement, June 6, YR-2
    Exhibit 9—Beautiful Baubles Receipt
    Exhibit 10—Emergency Room Report for Michael Slovin
    Exhibit 11—Bookerman Tennis Schedule
    Exhibit 12—Perfect Toys Letter to Shareholders
    Exhibit 13—Tweet from Tommy Friel
    Exhibit 14—Tweet from Linda Allen