Professor Barylick is a graduate of Brown University and Boston University School of Law. Over forty years, his practice concentrated in complex litigation, including mass tort and professional malpractice. He is a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law and is presently of counsel to the firm of Foley/Cerilli, PC in Providence. He is the author of KILLER SHOW: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert (University Press of New England, 2012).
LSM.856 (Honors Course)Complex Litigation: Station Nightclub FireClick to Open
COMPLEX LITIGATION: PRACTICAL AND ETHICAL LESSONS FROM THE STATION NIGHTCLUB FIRE
On February 20, 2003 a heavy metal band set off pyrotechnics inside a crowded Rhode Island nightclub, igniting foam insulation on the walls. The ensuing fire and panic killed 100 persons and injured hundreds more, spawning civil litigation that lasted seven years. This interactive seminar, conducted by a lead attorney representing plaintiffs in that litigation, explores the legal and ethical issues faced by counsel in that case. While the factual context of this seminar is tort-based, emphasized skills will be useful for all future litigators. John Barylick's book, KILLER SHOW: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert, is the seminar's main text and a jumping-off point for explorations of: legal ethics, civil procedure, plaintiff selection, defendant selection and liability theories, formal and informal discovery methods, mediation and formulation of a damages distribution plan. Audiovisuals include materials from the Station Fire case and mediations. Additional readings include sections of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Title 28 of the United States Code, law review articles and pleadings from the case. There will be a 12-15 page final written assignment, rather than a final exam.