LAW LAW 423
This course will study the legal history of Asian Americans in the United States and evaluate the development and use of Asian American jurisprudence to address contemporary legal issues pertinent to race and civil liberties. Since the 19th century, American law has shaped the demographics, experiences, and possibilities for Asian Americans. This course will trace the legal history of Asian Americans through judicial opinions, legal commentary, social science, and historical readings on topics such as immigration and naturalization, de jure discrimination, and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. This course will also explore the ways in which Asian Americans have impacted American law, through constitutional litigation and recent scholarship. Finally, this course will address contemporary legal issues, which range from racial violence, media stereotypes, language access, affirmative action, and post 9/11 civil liberties issues. Although this course focuses on the Asian American experience, it is not meant for Asian Americans alone.
An examination of debtor and creditor rights, including typical state procedures for the enforcement of claims and exemptions under statutory and common law, and federal bankruptcy proceedings.
This course concentrates on Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, the business reorganization provisions used by GM, Chrysler and many other distressed businesses. The primary focus is on the process of and requirements for confirming a plan of reorganization in a Chapter 11 case. In addition, subjects of particular interest in Chapter 11 cases, like sales of assets, obtaining credit, and the bizarre world of executory contracts in bankruptcy are covered. This course is not duplicative of the non-seminar bankruptcy course.
This course will explore intellectual property issues raised in the area of life sciences, centering on medical devices, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals, including the intersection of regulatory and patent law in the development of generic drugs. The course will cover such topics as industry standards for protection of inventions, patent vs. trade secret protection, copyright and trademark considerations in the regulated industries, licensing, and IP portfolio management. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Patent Law (LAW 703) is recommended.
An introduction to the laws of business associations. This course examines the legal issues surrounding formation, financing and control of corporations, and non-corporate business associations.
This course accompanies the standard 4-unit Business Associations course (LAW 404). Topics covered in the regular Business Associations will be reinforced through role-playing, negotiation, and document drafting. Must be taken concurrently with and with the same professor as Business Associations (LAW 404).
A study of the legal problems prevalent particularly among small enterprises, with practical application to business formation, capitalization, taxation, securities regulations, distributions, combinations, and liquidations.
This course is designed for students who wish to develop the practical skills necessary to understand, negotiate, and prepare contracts, thereby better preparing themselves to meet the demands of parties actually engaged in business deals. Specifically, the course will examine, from the perspective of the corporate lawyer, topics such as the process by which a company's business is acquired.
The course will cover the rules relating to jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, arbitrations, trials (both jury and non-jury), and appeals emphasizing the Code of Civil Procedure and practice rules used in California.
This course will introduce students to environmental laws promulgated by and specific to the State of California. Topics covered may include California Environmental Quality Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the Porter Cologne Act; the California Clean Air Act, and the California Coastal Act. Students will acquire an understanding of the purpose of each Act, the general procedures associated with each Act, and how each Act is used to protect California's environment.