This course examines the social, political, and legal aspects of the ways in which sexuality and gender play a central role in the displacement and forced migration of people globally, as well as international legal instruments aimed at providing relief. Specific topics of study may include gender persecution, gender-related violence, sexual-orientation persecution, and international trafficking of women and children.
Empirical claims about the lives of LGBT people have played an important role in many major legal decisions and in legislation. This course will analyze the use of social science research in public policy debates and court cases on LGBT issues. In particular, the course will focus on social science research on employment discrimination against LGBT people, LGBT parenting, and the legal recognition of same-sex couples. We will also compare the approaches different countries take to collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity, since those policies will influence the type of research available.
An introduction to Spanish language for lawyers, designed for law students who anticipate working with Spanish speaking clients. The goal is to help students develop basic skills in reading, understanding and writing in Spanish. The course focuses on language acquisition sufficient for interacting with Spanish speakers. The teaching methods will include exercises to simulate client interviews, client intakes, and conversations to solicit basic personal information. This course will be taught in both English and Spanish. Prerequisites: None. Some previous knowledge of Spanish is preferred.
This is an advanced course focusing on legal vocabulary to enhance students to develop the necessary skills to read, understand, translate and write in Spanish, in a lawyer-like fashion. The course focuses on advanced language acquisition (legal concepts, interpretations and vocabulary), sufficient to interact with Spanish speakers; reading and comprehension techniques of legal concepts; drafting legal documents; simultaneous interpretations of legal concepts and proper application of Spanish legal vocabulary to the different areas of the Law. Spanish for Lawyers I is not a prerequisite for Spanish for Lawyers II. However, it is strongly recommended that students that enroll in this course have basic/intermediate proficiency in Spanish.
This course explores Spanish efforts to eradicate discrimination and violence against the LGBT community from a comparative perspective. The course will explore legal instruments that address violence on the basis of gender and sexual orientation and other rules specifically addressed at the LGBT community. The course will discuss strategies to protect the LGBT community from violence and discrimination and how those strategies have been and are being utilized.
An examination of legal issues relating to the provision of educational resources and related services to children with disabilities. Statutory, regulatory, and judicial principles applicable to the following areas are examined: who is protected under IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act); what constitutes discrimination in identification and evaluation for special education eligibility; what constitutes appropriate placement; what are the legal requirements for integration of children with disabilities into the regular classroom; which related services, such as health services, must be provided to children with disabilities in the education context; and what due process procedures are mandated under the IDEA section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to protect children with disabilities in the educational setting.
This course examines a wide range of legal issues and relationships in the sports industry, including player negotiations and contracts, leases, licensing, leagues, franchising, and intellectual property issues in sports law.
This course emphasizes the various business transactions that comprise the sports world. Specifically, several leagues, their constituents, and their operations will be examined. The course will look at collective bargaining agreements, league rules, and related contracts to evaluate how they shape the relationship between leagues, owners, and players. By doing so, we see the intersection of basic contract, labor, intellectual property, and antitrust law from a transactional perspective.
An interactive "teaching law" course in which students earn credit teaching law to high school students under the direction of a faculty member. Students review the law, explore methods of teaching law to non-lawyers, and learn how to provide a non-adversarial view of the law. Students engage in a critical examination of legal problems of particular concern to teenagers to better enable them to understand fundamental principles of authority, fairness, justice and individual responsibility that underlie the American legal system.
This course exposes students to the theoretical and policy considerations that surround the United States tax system. Students will examine the social and political pressures that shape our current Federal Tax regime. Topics to be covered may include: the uncertain future of the Estate Tax or “Death Tax” and the role it plays in American society; the role of deductions and exclusions in achieving nonrevenue objectives; charitable giving and non-profit entities; progressive versus flat tax rates; the existence of tax abuse and how to control it; and the concept of income. A background in accounting or tax law is not required.