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Spring 2009
Apr 24, 2014
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LAW 784 - Protection of Cultural Resources
The looting of archaeological resources not only is a local issue with respect to the actual removal of artifacts from the ground or from museums but it is also an international issue when those items are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars on the international black market. One report estimates that 80% of Pakistan's archaeological resources have already been destroyed by looters. Besides Pakistan, archaeological resources have been (and still are) being destroyed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Egypt, Italy Syria, Iran and Malta. Even the United States is not immune. Ancient funeral pots from the Southwestern United States can fetch on average $50,000 to $60,000 a pot on the black market and other types of ceremonial or religious artifacts can also fetch tens of thousands of dollars. Between 1998 and 2001, there have been on average 230 federal prosecutions a year for the looting or attempted looting of archaeological sites situated on federal and Indian lands. This course will emphasize the historical development and continued evolution of laws designed to protect both archaeological resources and cultural property situated in the United States as well as artifacts and objects of antiquities transported to or sold within the United States. The course will begin with an overview of the major laws designed specifically to protect cultural and archaeological resources situated on Federal and Indian lands in the United States including various criminal statutes as well as those laws enacted to insure that artifacts or objects illegally removed from other countries can not be imported into the United States. In addition, common-law property issues, takings law, Native American rights, and maritime law (relating to historic or archaeological shipwrecks) will also be discussed. Public Health Law LAW 693; 3 Credits This course explores important issues in public health, including the constitutional limitations on the government¿s police power in protecting individual and community health, and the intersection of disability law with public health law. The course also assists students in developing appropriate evaluative skills regarding epidemiological data. The course further exposes students to specific modern public health threats including HIV/AIDS, tobacco, alcohol and drug addiction, cancer, drug-resistant bacteria, bioterrorism, and access to food and water. Real Estate Finance Law LAW 768; 2 Credits Fundamental aspects and legal problems of real estate financing are explored, such as absolute deed as a mortgage; remedies of mortgagees, including receivership, assignments of rents, possession; transfers of mortgagor's interest; transfer of mortgagee's interest; foreclosure by judicial proceedings and by power of sale; equitable and statutory redemption. When offered for three credits, the course also explores the law concerning leasehold financing, construction financing, purchase money mortgages, replacement and modification of senior mortgages and impact on junior lienors. Real Estate Transactions LAW 742; 3 Credits The course explores the real property transfer process, including duties and obligations of broker, seller and buyer to each other; basic aspects of financing and mortgages; income tax aspects of real estate and closings; title insurance; and leases. Remedies LAW 658; 3 Credits This course is an examination of the alternative means for obtaining redress through the courts. Equitable and legal remedies are studied and compared, including restitution, specific performance, injunctive relief, equitable liens, constructive trusts, and damages. The course draws upon and pulls together matters considered in diverse courses such as Torts, Contracts, Property Law, Procedure and Creditors' Rights which coalesce in real life and which the student may not have had an opportunity to consider together. The strategy and tactics of choice of remedies are explored, as well as out-of-court negotiations and settlement techniques. This course also requires students to prepare several drafting assignments. Risk and Environmental Regulation LAW 771; 2 Credits Chemicals are regulated during all phases of their manufacture and use from the introduction of new products to worker exposure; from use as food additives to the export of products; from the application of pesticides to the public disclosure of risks. A unifying theme of the different regulatory programs involved is the degree to which the extent of regulation of a particular chemical is driven by the degree of risk posed by that chemical. The course explores this regulatory process under half a dozen federal and state statutes and one directive of the European Economic Commission. Science for Environmental Lawyers LAW 802;2 Credits Most environmental issues involve the attorney in a close professional working relationship with experts in the biological and physical sciences, or on technical fields such as engineering or hydrology. This interdisciplinary course examines the recurring issues of ecology, toxicology, epidemiology and Pollution control engineering which arise in an environmental law practice. This course is required for LLM students and recommended for JD students. Securities Regulation LAW 657; 3 Credits This course covers Federal law and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the issuance and trading of securities; and legal and regulatory aspects of the securities industry generally. Prerequisite: Corporations and Partnerships. Selected Topics In Conflicts of Laws LAW 678A; 2 Credits The primary subject to be addressed in this course is Choice of Law. Controversies encompassing parties, events and issues originating in more than one state or implicating state-federal-international relationships require making a choice from various substantive and procedural laws to govern the decision-making process. Choice of Law is constitutionally grounded in the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the Due Process Clause, and draws liberally upon Family Law, Torts and Estates Law for its context. The course also covers some aspects of the recognition of foreign judgments. Selling and Buying a Business -- Drafting to Closing LAW 667; 2 Credits This course combines factual analysis, legal analysis and contractual drafting. Students have a number of short drafting assignments designed both to sharpen their drafting skills and their ability to see and deal with issues that invariably arise during a business negotiation .Prerequisite: Corporations and Partnerships. Recommended for third year students. Separation of Powers Seminar: The Ascendancy of the Executive Branch LAW 744; 2 Credits This seminar examines effects of recent national events (September 11, 2001 among others) on the carefully constructed ¿balance of power¿ and on individual rights in our Constitution. The division of function and authority, especially between the President and Congress reacts to an emergency. A pronounced accretion of power in the President and the Department of Justice is evident in contemporaneous legislation and executive orders: The Homeland Security Act, the USA Patriot Act, the President¿s Military Commission Order, amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the War Powers Resolutions. The seminar will study these and other ¿emergency¿ responses enhancing the executive power, and efforts of Congress and the courts in redressing the balance. Sexuality, Gender & The Law LAW 758; 3 credits This course examines how the law addresses consensual sexuality, sexual orientation and gender expression and identity. We will analyze the application of a number of constitutional doctrines, including the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of association, church-state separation, and the rights to due process and equal protection. Our study will encompass state criminal laws against sodomy and prostitution, the law of abortion and contraception, and the treatment of gay and transgendered Americans in family law (marriage, domestic partnership, adoption and child custody), public and private employment discrimination law, military law and education law. Primary course materials include cases and law review articles, supplemented by interdisciplinary readings in history, media, psychology, medicine and sociology. Survey of Intellectual Property LAW 603; 3 Credits A comprehensive introduction to the principal intellectual property law areas, including copyright, trademark and patent law, unfair competition, the right of publicity, trade secrets, and related federal and state doctrines. We will examine the basic legal principles independently as well as at their intersections, and in the context of the evolving technologies of the new millennium, including the Internet, computer software, digital broadcasting and music distribution, bioengineering, and industrial design. Themes will include the study of intellectual property as "property" and "commodity," the protection of intellectual property across national borders in a globalizing marketplace, and the complicated governmental objective of promoting and protecting human creativity and ingenuity while not unduly restricting its dissemination to the rest of society. Tax Policy Seminar LAW 778; 2 Credits The seminar will first examine the principal criteria used in deciding tax policy: equity, efficiency, administrability, and simplicity. Using these criteria, the seminar will then consider a number of current issues including the following: should our progressive tax system be replaced by a flat tax or should it be made more progressive; should the ¿marriage penalty¿ be repealed, and if so, how; should gifts and personal injury awards be taxed; should capital gains be taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income; should the current income tax be replaced with a value added tax or a tax on consumption; and any other issue or issues the class wishes to explore. A paper will be required. Telecommunications Law LAW 756; 2 Credits This course examines the history of the Federal Communications Act, and the cases, congressional initiatives and technology advances which are influencing the direction of the law. The First Amendment, state public service regulation, competition in cable television, local and long distance telephone service, and privacy and property rights in cyberspace, are examined in a course setting that emphasizes administrative procedure. The Court, The Constitution and History LAW 808; 2 Credits The Court, The Constitution, and History will focus on American history as it affected and was affected by the Supreme Court¿s interpretation of the Constitution. While there will be no course text, students will read at least three Supreme Court cases weekly, edited to highlight the historical context. Most of the learning in the course will come from the weekly lectures. Whether the course will be graded by examination, or by students writing a paper on the historical context for a Supreme Court decision (or group of decisions) of their choice, will be determined at the beginning of the course. The decision will depend in part on the size of the class. The Law of Water LAW 681A; 3 Credits Water law occupies a unique niche in the American legal landscape. At one level, it is about property. At another level, water law is about the public rights inhering in a shared and biologically crucial resource. And at still another level, water law is about federalism, navigable waterways, and fisheries and wildlife management. This course is about all those things and more. It examines the evolving law of water, looking at the differences between states and between regions, and at whether current laws remain applicable and relevant to a changing hydrologic landscape. The Lawyer's Role in Large-Scale Real Estate Development LAW 633; 2 Credits The Lawyer's Role in Large-Scale Real Estate Development. This course introduces students to several sets of problems that combine various aspect of real estate practice such as: advanced land use regulation, advanced real estate transactions, environmental liability and environmental impact review, and conventional and non-conventional project finance. The course allows students to understand the role of lawyers in complex real estate deal structuring as well as the many intersections among land use, environmental, and real estate transactions law. Students will study the actual documents used in a large-scale, public/private real estate development; they will work through the process of negotiating and drafting these documents. Critical moments in the life cycle of a project will be described in order to probe how the lawyer prepares for and negotiates them. The Practice LAW 624; 3 Credits "The Practice" is a three hour course aimed at introducing students to the ethical, professional and personal conflicts in the practice of law. Enrollment is limited to twelve students. Each week students will view an episode of the series "The Practice", will read at least two law review articles on each of at least two issues raised in the episode and will lead or participate in class discussion of all the issues assigned for the week. Students will keep a weekly journal concerning their readings, the class and personal reflection on the issues discussed. At the end of the semester, students will have an opportunity to annotate their journals. Grading will not be anonymous and will be based upon quality of class discussion and the quality of the journal. This is a no cut class, without prior permission of the professor. Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility. Torts LAW 631; 4 credits Required course for all first year students This course is a 4 credit offering which is a study of civil wrongs analyzed under the three general theories of tort liability: intent, negligence, and strict liability. This course covers an introduction to tort liability; intentional torts; negligence; nuisance; strict liability; defenses; causation; statutory torts; alternatives to negligence (no-fault); and an introduction to defamation and privacy, products liability and commercial torts. Trademark Law LAW 853; 2 Credits This introduction to trademark law provides an overview of trademark protection. The course examines the subject matter of trademark protection, acquisition and retention of trademark rights, federal trademark registration, likelihood of confusion and trademark infringement, trademark dilution, trade dress, false advertising, and trademark/free speech issues. Trial Advocacy LAW 684; 4 Credits This course introduces students to the theories and approaches to fact analysis, persuasion and rhetoric, trial planning, trial process, jury composition, evidence, advocacy, addressing jurors, examining witnesses, visual persuasion. In addition, students practice and master the basic techniques of advocacy at trial: voir dire examination, opening statements, closing arguments, direct examination, cross examination, exhibit handling, offering and objecting to evidence, presenting and combating expert witnesses. This course is a prerequisite for some clinics and for both the intra- and interschool Trial Advocacy competitions. Prerequisite: Evidence and Professional Responsibility Upper-Class Writing Requirement Upper-Class Writing Requirement In addition to the innovative Criminal law analysis and Writing course taken by all first-year students, the Law School requires upper class students to complete a writing project under the supervision of a professor. Each semester, a group of courses are offered that are certified as satisfying the upper-level writing requirement. In order to qualify for ULWR, papers must be at least 25 pages. Participation in law reviews and moot court competitions, although highly beneficial in sharpening writing and research skills, does not satisfy the requirement. Water Resource Law LAW 681; 2 Credits This course explores how and why the law governing private water rights developed very differently in the humid east and the arid west in the United States. It examines the constitutional and political aspects of the roles of state and federal governments in the allocation and regulation of water resources. The topics covered include interstate allocation of water supplies, river basin planning, and ground water management. It studies the resolution of competing demands for water for municipal, agricultural, power, industrial, navigational, recreational and environmental purposes. White Collar and Corporate Crime LAW 807; 3 Credits Prosecutions for ¿white collar¿ and corporate crimes are one of the major growth industries of the twenty-first century. This course surveys major areas of business crimes, including mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, False Claims Act and ¿qui tam¿ prosecutions, perjury and obstruction of justice, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Particular emphasis is placed on environmental crimes, health care fraud and abuse, and crimes affecting workplace health and safety. Wills, Intestate Succession, and Trusts LAW 701; 3 Credits This course examines principles of law governing intestate succession, testamentary disposition of property, and trusts. Also included are the rights of afterborn, adopted children, and children born out of wedlock. Women and the Law LAW 816; 2 Credits This course examines a variety of gender-bias issues. Among the substantive areas covered are sexual inequalities in marriage and divorce; domestic violence and other crimes; gender bias in the work place, the courts, education and athletic programs. A paper of publishable quality is required. Constitutional Law is recommended, but not required.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

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