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.
A survey of employment discrimination law, including substance and procedure; federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, age or physical disability; and a discussion of disparate impact, treatment theories, and the application of statistical techniques.
A study of employees' legal rights and employers' responsibilities, with primary emphasis on the nonunion workplace. The course will survey a variety of statutes and common law developments that have had a crucial impact on the employment relationship.
With the forces of globalization as a backdrop, this course develops labor and employment law in the context of the national laws of three countries important to the global economy -- the U.S., China, and Mexico. These national jurisdictions are highlighted by considering international labor standards promulgated by the International Labor Organization (ILO), as well as the rulings and standards that emerge from the trade arrangement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico -- the labor side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The course includes discussion about enforcing international labor rights in U.S. courts and global corporate codes of conduct.
A study of the federal legal doctrines that regulate labor-management relationships in the private sector, including union representation, collective bargaining, strikes, and lockouts.
This course is designed to help soon-to-be solo practitioners and attorneys in smaller firms bridge the gap between studying law and practicing law. The class is designed to cultivate proficiency in two practical areas of attorney development, which are typically learned over time rather than formally taught: (A) how to actually practice law, and (B) how to build and manage a law practice. The course covers topics such as how to get started, where to locate a law firm office, how to get your office equipped, how to secure clients, how to set fees, and detailed information about the nitty-gritty of running a small firm. While particularly relevant to solo practitioners and associates at small firms, the concepts discussed in this course will benefit new attorneys in all types of private and public sector organizations.
An investigation of how American Law treats women differently than men, and whether or not it should. Topics covered may include employment discrimination law, especially Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; sexual harassment; the role of women in the profession; conflicts between work and family; marriage, divorce, child custody, abortion and new reproductive technologies; and domestic violence, rape, and pornography.
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.
An overview of substantive areas in economic crime and fraud, such as antitrust, consumer protection, and investment fraud; and an introduction to the principal investigation and prosecution techniques used in undercover investigations, search warrants, and the grand jury.