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Family Law

LAW 523

A discussion of law relating to family relations, including marriage, divorce, child and spousal support, custody, cohabitation, and other non-traditional structures.

Family Law Practicum: California Child Custody

LAW 587

This experiential course will cover legal issues commonly encountered by family law practitioners. Specifically the course will take a child custody case from inception to completion in California and will address a variety of issues attorneys may encounter along the way such as Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) issues, modifications, move-away cases, mediation, minor’s Counsel, and §730 Evidence Code evaluations. *Prior to Summer 2014, this course was titled Child Custody: Law & Practice.

Family Law Practicum: California Divorce

LAW 730

This experiential course will cover legal issues commonly encountered by family law practitioners. Specifically the course will take a dissolution of marriage case from client intake through settlement negotiations and/or trial. Topics covered may include: client interviewing, filing for dissolution, depositions and interrogatories, property division, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, enforcement of pre-nuptial agreements, mediation, and trial. Dissolution in the context of domestic violence may also be addressed.

Feature Film Financing

LAW 911

This class focuses on the legal aspects of financing feature films. The first topic addressed is the acquisition and protection of creative content, including: clearances, chain of title, options and the screenplay agreement. Following is an analysis of why most films lose money, the calculation of gross and net receipts, as well as the details of accounting in the film industry. Specific film financing models are discussed. The course concludes with a discussion of international co-productions, foreign film grants and tax driven film funds.

Federal Courts

LAW 525

An advanced analysis of Federalism and the allocation of power between state and federal courts, constitutional policy limitations on jurisdiction, such as the abstention doctrine and principles of equity and comity. Federal court intervention in state court proceedings by injunction and habeas corpus also are discussed.

Federal Income Taxation

LAW 524

An examination of the federal income system including individual and business taxpayer’s liability; deductions, exemptions, and credits; taxation of capital gains and losses; procedures; and an introduction to partnership, trust, and corporate taxation.

Freedom and Rights in Israel

LAW 725

This course is about protections for civil and human rights in the State of Israel as understood through the laws of Israel's K'nesset, particularly the Basic Laws, and the decisions of the Israel Supreme Court sitting as the High Court of Justice. The coverage is, in large part, comparable to that in Constitutional Law courses taught in the United States. Topics covered include protections for freedom of speech and the rights to dignity and equality.

Freedom to Marry: Comparative Law Approaches

LAW 966

This course examines the history, strategies, and current and future battles in the ongoing movement to secure for same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Readings and discussion will focus on advances and attacks through litigation, legislation, and electoral battles; international developments; and the interplay between law, public education, and culture.