This course will cover the legal issues surrounding assisted reproductive technology (ART) through experiential learning. The focus will be on the work done by ART practitioners. Consideration will be given to legislative advocacy as well. Topics to be covered may include surrogacy, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo and gamete storage and disposition, and issues related to establishing and running an ART practice, with particular attention to ethical issues related to representing parties to assisted reproduction and physicians. Exercises may include client interviewing and counseling and drafting legal documents such as letters, contracts, consent forms, court pleadings and proposed legislation.
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.
Topics covered in the regular Business Associations will be reinforced through role-playing, negotiation, and document drafting. Prerequisite: 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.
This experiential course introduces students to common disputes that arise in representing California business clients. Using business disputes drawn from real-world practice, the course introduces students to the skills necessary for the everyday practice of law for new attorneys. Students will research and draft legal memoranda and other legal documents and provide legal recommendations based on their work.
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.