This course is a continuation of Torts (LAW 111) and will cover topics tested on the bar exam. Topics to be addressed may include advanced exploration of negligence, intentional torts, privacy, defamation, vicarious liability, strict liability, products liability, current issues in torts law, and/or the interplay between torts and other areas of the law.
This course explores negotiation, arbitration, and mediation as alternatives to litigation in resolving civil disputes. Practical strategies for lawyers are also discussed. A primary area of focus is the role of the lawyer in each of the different processes. Simulations are conducted to develop practice skills and as a basis for exploring the public policy and other issues that arise in this area.
This course considers the moral and legal issues surrounding the relationship between humans and domestic and non-domestic animals. The connection of morality to the law will be explored as will major moral theories relating to the relationship between animals and humans. In this context the concept of 'rights' will be analyzed and its potential application to animals will be discussed. Additional topics that may be covered in the course include the use of animals in agriculture and experimentation and the application of the federal Animal Welfare Act to these practices, state law concerning animals, the concept of animals as property, liability for and damages recoverable for injuries to and by animals, wills and trusts problems relating to bequests for the benefit of animals, intellectual property issues, and selected issues of international and comparative law relating to animals.
A survey of federal and state laws that promote competition, inhibit monopolies, and restrain free trade in the United States, including the Sherman, Clayton, and Federal Trade Commission acts; and principal antitrust issues and practices, including cartel restraints on trade, monopolization, mergers, distributional restraints, tying, price discrimination, and unfair antitrust competition.
Students in this course will learn about appellate advocacy and lawyering skills associated with appellate practice. The course requires students to write multiple drafts of an appellate brief. Students will also be required to complete other practice-centered exercises throughout the semester, including oral argument. Students interested in participating in interscholastic moot court competitions are encouraged to enroll.
This special version of the appellate advocacy course will focus on appellate advocacy in the United States Supreme Court. The primary writing assignment may be an appellate brief on one or more current issues in constitutional law. Students may also choose among a variety of short writing assignments and/or short oral arguments. The course may be useful for moot court competitions but will not focus on them. Its primary goals are to introduce students to the pleasures and perils of written and oral advocacy for high stakes, and to provide some of the skills necessary for success. (Prior to Summer 2014, this course was titled "Appellate Advocacy: Constitutional Law")
This course will examine the intellectual, personal and cultural property issues raised by the ownership and management of art and artifacts by discoverers, creators, museums, and institutions.
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.