This course surveys civil liability and breach of duties imposed by law, including intentional wrongs to persons and property; negligence and vicarious, strict, and products liability: defamation, and other civil wrongs. **Prior to Fall 2014, this course was offered as Torts I (LAW 111) and Torts II (LAW 112).**
An examination of common law and statutory limitations on unfair and deceptive competition outside the scope of antitrust laws. Topics include trademark law (including trademark dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, unfair competition, and interference with contracts and trade relations.
This course teaches the basics of drafting trademark applications and supporting documents, and the prosecution of trademarks before the Patent and Trademark Office. Prerequisite: Trademark Law (LAW 702).
This course examines various legal issues relating to what is often a company's most valuable asset, its confidential and proprietary business information. In addition to a basic understanding of trade secret law and the Uniform Trade Secret Act, additional topics covered may include: identification of intellectual property suitable for trade secret protection; employment policies, agreements, and practices as they relate to the protection of trade secrets; identification of parties who must be granted access to a company’s trade secrets; enforceability of trade secret agreements; defense of trade secret agreements; and the relationship between trade secret law and unfair competition law.
This course explores the legal issues facing transgender people and the goals of the transgender legal movement. Although we will focus primarily on the U.S., we will occasionally consider the legal treatment of transgender people in other parts of the world. The course may cover topics such as marriage, parenting, and other family law issues; the treatment of transgender children and youth in schools, the child welfare, and juvenile justice systems; the treatment of transgender people in prisons; hate violence against transgender people; and employment, public accommodations, and housing discrimination against transgender individuals.
Students prepare for internal and external mock trial competitions and work on activities related to the Trial Advocacy Honors Board (TAHB), including participation as witnesses, lawyers, or judges during practice rounds for external mock trial competitions; coaching incoming students auditioning for membership onto the TAHB; coordinating the Board’s participation in external competitions; or otherwise participating in the management or administration the Board’s activities. Enrollment is based on membership on the TAHB and subject to the approval of the TAHB and faculty advisor(s).
An introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, focusing primarily on sales, titles, bulk transfers, and commercial paper.
An analysis of secured transactions and letters of credit under the Uniform Commercial Code.
Video games are one of the fastest-growing segments of the entertainment industry today. This class will focus primarily on intellectual property law through the lens of video game-related litigation, and will address the ways in which video games and the video game industry shape law and society. It will also address the video game business, the structure and form of video-game-related legal transactions, and other current legal issues surrounding video games, such as the First Amendment, privacy, and child protection.
In the Old West, it was said that “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” For the practicing attorney today, understanding water rights is crucial in real estate development, land use planning, environmental regulation, and international law. The course covers the surface water doctrines of prior appropriation and riparianism, groundwater, interstate allocation, ecosystem protection, and cross-border allocation.