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Federal Jurisdiction: An Overview

(662 Ratings)

Produced on: December 20, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 100 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Join attorney Glenn Sproverio as he provides viewers with a broad overview of federal jurisdiction, including the role of federal courts, state courts, and Congress. Tips are provided throughout to connect theoretical issues to the daily practice of law. 

This program is perfect for newly admitted attorneys or attorneys needing a refresher in basic federal jurisdiction concepts. 


Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a historical background of federal courts in American law
  2. Review:
    1. Subject matter jurisdiction (federal question and diversity)
    2. Power of Congress to regulate courts
    3. Non-Article III courts
    4. Congressional authority to regulate state court action
    5. Supreme Court review of state court decisions
    6. Federal courts and the common law (Erie Doctrine)
    7. Eleventh Amendment issues

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2014 Bridge the Gap Event.


Glen Sproviero

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

Glen Sproviero is a commercial litigator with extensive experience representing both large corporations and closely held businesses in a variety of matters, including partnership and shareholder disputes, financial services issues, insurance coverage, securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, mass torts, and complex commercial litigation. 

Prior to joining Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP in Manhattan, Glen served as a law clerk to Judge Robert D. Mariani of the United States District Court in Pennsylvania and as a litigation associate with a prominent national law firm. He also served as an intern for Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Glen received his A.B. from Fordham University, an M.Phil. from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a J.D. from Rutgers University. He is admitted to practice law in both the federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey.


Angela R.

very well presented subject area, jurisdiction can be so uninteresting, so I really appreciate the

Suzanne M.

Explained a difficult subject pretty well.

Brian O.

If you're going to wear a bowtie, you better sound smart. This guy qualifies. Good job.

Edith Rasmussen A.

Great program!

Lee H.

Excellent and thorough discussion of Federal jurisdiction!!!

Ana M. M.

Very Informative

Gail S.

Excellent overview.

Jonathan S.


Vera S.


Allan C.

Excellent refresher of the federal jurisdiction issue.

Matthew K.

Very good course

francis m.

Needs longer course

Alexander F.

Great speaker and presentation. He took a complex and tedious topic and made it clear, concise, and interesting. I learned more from this than 6 weeks of 1L lectures.

Julius C.

Very informative. The Federal removal part was especially interesting.

Thomas Y.


Peter S.

Excellent presentation.

Dennis S.

This is a great lecturer and if you listen to every word you will understand the Federal system.

Todd R.

very good presentation

William C.

Good job. Good speaker. Clear delivery of concepts.

Lina M.

Excellent! I was just as excited as I was so many years ago as a 1L. Nice refresher. Speaker had a very pleasant voice.

Wynn K.


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