This course will provide an intensive, practical introduction to electronic discovery. The discovery process has undergone a revolutionary change in the last quarter-century. Today, the vast majority of documents are created, stored and retrieved electronically, and the volume of electronically-stored information (“ESI”) has multiplied exponentially. This explosion in the volume of ESI has raised a host of legal, ethical and technological challenges for both litigators and courts, and has engendered an ever-growing body of e-discovery law. This course will examine many of the pressing legal issues that e-discovery raises, including the creation, preservation and production of ESI; the costs of e-discovery; the risk of spoliation; and the ethical and privilege issues that arise in connection with e-discovery.
This class will focus on the complex statutory and case law environment governing the right to vote and the right to speak about election issues, as well the rapidly expanding litigation over election administration. Topics covered may include the litigation arising from the 2000 presidential election culminating in the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore; the evolution of other areas of election law litigation, including challenges to new technologies for various types of electronic voting apparatus in the wake of the Help America Vote Act; redistricting and equal representation cases; the constitutionality of campaign speech and contribution restrictions; bribery and corruption; political association cases; and issues concerning the recent renewal of the Voting Rights Act.
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.
This course will focus primarily on the regulation and design of electricity systems – oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, landfill gas, biomass and energy conservation. The course will also examine both the traditional monopoly model of regulation and evolving competitive alternatives. Students will be exposed to energy resource planning, pollution management, rate design, green markets, energy efficiency, demand side management, renewable energy, climate change and carbon management.
An examination of the legal aspects of entertainment, including requirements for contracts and agreements between parties involved in the industry.
An introduction to the major issues in environmental law; the role of legislative, administrative, and executive bodies and judicial review; land and resource management; air and water pollution control; pesticide and toxic substance regulation; solid waste policy; and federal and state administrative procedures.
This course examines business, law, and policy issues associated with the goal of environmental sustainability, focusing on external regulation and internal governance. Sustainability concepts have a legal impact on industries such as agriculture, high-tech manufacturing, and international tourism, as well as on broader social issues like climate change, hunger, and water access. A field trip may be offered to an enterprise or institution incorporating sustainability practices through construction, governance, and ethical norms.
An analysis of revocable and irrevocable lifetime trusts as a will supplement; whether and how to avoid probate; life insurance settlement options and employee death benefits; concurrent interests including community property; use of short-term trusts to reduce income tax; marital deduction; selection of fiduciary; and estate planning of intestate property.
This course will explore the historical development of the European Union and examine the institutions established to govern this club of nations. It will also explore the relationship between the Union, its Member States and the rest of the world. Additionally, the course will focus on the sources and forms of E.U. Law as well as the doctrine of "Supremacy of E.U. Law." Additional areas of substantive law, procedural actions, enforcement, and/or remedies may also be covered in the course.