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Legal Communications & Research III (2 cr)
LAW 690

Writing in Criminal Litigation (O'Connor)
The course is designed to have students write the most common types of papers encountered in a simple federal criminal prosecution. Each student will start out as an Assistant United States Attorney investigating a crime that has come to the attention of the U.S. Attorneys Office. The course will develop from an initial agent interview, through the application for a wire intercept and search warrant, and then a charging instrument. The students will be assigned to represent the defendant. Each student will prepare a memorandum in support of a motion to suppress and will also draft proposed jury instructions and a defendants motion for a new trial. Each student will argue a motion against a student representing the other side.

Research and Rhetoric (Risman)
This course is designed for students who experienced difficulty during their first semester of the legal research and writing program. The course will focus on personalized instruction, tailored to the individual needs of each student. The course is designed to ensure that enrollees become proficient in the field of legal analysis and legal writing. The course will reintroduce students to fundamental legal analysis and legal writing skills, closely monitor student progress, and consistently reinforce course subject matter and materials.

Writing in Pretrial Litigation (Greenberg)
The course is designed to have students write the most common types of pleadings, discovery requests and responses and motion papers encountered in a simple federal court civil litigation. At the beginning of the semester, students will be presented with the most basic facts of the case, and will be divided into two-lawyer teams. Each team will represent either the plaintiff or the defendant. During the course of the semester, the teams will develop additional facts through client interviews and discovery. The course will culminate with the preparation of memos in support of and in opposition to summary judgment based on the facts developed in discovery. Each team will argue the motion against the opposing team. The course is intended to expose students to the types of writing and thinking they will have to engage in during a real litigation, as well as exposing them to non-writing litigation skills. Students will also learn how to work as a team with another lawyer and how to relate to opposing counsel.

Writing for Trial and Appellate Judges (Milner)
This course introduces the writing process that judges and law clerks use to complete their work. By the end of the course, students should be comfortable drafting appellate court opinions, drafting trial court orders, and “clerking” written material to ensure accuracy. The course examines the division of labor between judges and law clerks, as well as the perspectives of judges and litigants in resolving disputes. The course is equally designed for students interested in clerking and for those interested in litigating and wanting to know how judges and law clerks make decisions. As an LCR course, it will also perfect skills of analysis, research, and oral and written communication.

Transactional Drafting (August)
The course provides students with an introduction to contract concepts, terminology and drafting. Over the course of the semester, students will revise and/or draft various contracts such as attorney retainer agreements, leases and service contracts. Students also negotiate and draft an agreement for the purchase/sale of a business. In addition, students conduct legal research and draft a predictive memo based on their research.



Taught By:
Elizabeth A. August, Andrew S. Greenberg, Aliza M. Milner, Kathleen M. O'Connor, Richard S. Risman

Constitutional Law II (3 cr)
LAW 699
A continuation of Constitutional Law I (LAW 602) for second-year law students. Must be taken fall semester of second year. This course covers Individual Rights, that is, Due Process, Equal protection and the First Amendment, including freedom of speech, the press and of religion.

Taught By:
Rakesh K. Anand, Keith J. Bybee, Gary T. Kelder, C. Cora True-Frost

National Security Law (3 cr)
LAW 700
The legal framework for the use of force abroad; incorporated international law as national security law; intelligence collection and covert operations; citizen access to national security information; government controls on national security information.

Taught By:
David M. Crane, William C. Snyder

Accounting for Lawyers (2 cr)
LAW 701
Principles of financial accounting applied to business entities, proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; accounting for and tax implications of business organizations; and problems with estates and trusts. Irregular course offering.

Taught By:
John Petosa

Administrative Law (3 cr)
LAW 702
Nature and function of the administrative process; procedural constraints on administrative investigation, adjudication, and rule making; and judicial review of agency action.

Taught By:
Andrew Kim

Pension and Employee Benefit Law (2 cr)
LAW 703
Tax and other consequences of various plans of deferred compensation for executives and other employees.

Taught By:
Sharon McAuliffe

Commercial Transactions (4 cr)
LAW 704
Commercial practices under the Uniform Commercial Code, particularly sales, commercial paper and bank collections, letters of credit, bulk transfers, and secured transactions; business background, planning, and counseling.

Taught By:
Aviva Abramovsky, A. Joseph Warburton

Comparative Law (3 cr)
LAW 705
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the legal systems of the civil law, with a focus on continental Europe. Many characteristic features of the Civil Law -- the absence of a jury, the relative lack of reliance on judicial precedents, the emphasis on codification -- have their origin in ancient and medieval times. Our course will therefore trace a historical review of European legal history and the civil law, beginning with Roman law, proceeding through medieval times and the early modern era of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the modern period of international law. We will focus on the emergence of the three most influential modern systems, those of France, Germany, and Italy. We will examine the civil codes, the nature of continental adjudication, the “inquisitorial” approach to criminal justice, and comparative constitutional law. We will conclude the course by addressing the rise of the European Union and its legal institutions.

Taught By:
Antonio Gidi

Conflict of Laws (3 cr)
LAW 706
Legal rules applicable to disputes with contacts to more than one state or country; the historical development of such rules; and their application in contract, tort, property, and other cases.

Taught By:
Margaret M. Harding

Constitutional Criminal Procedure- Inv. (3 cr)
LAW 708
Constitutional and statutory requirements for investigative procedures in criminal cases. Topics include searches, seizures, lineups, confessions, and electronic surveillance.

Taught By:
Lauryn Gouldin, Gary T. Kelder

Sexual Orientation & the Law (3 cr)
LAW 710
Legal issues as they affect the lives of lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the United States. Constitutional law, employment law, family law, property law, criminal law, and estate planning are the areas of primary focus.

Taught By:
Charles Sprock Jr.

Business Associations (formerly Corporations) (4 cr)
LAW 712
This is a business organizations course covering both unincorporated businesses and corporations. The first half of the course pertains to small business forms: partnerships, LLCs, and close corporations. The balance covers public corporations, including regulation under securities laws.

Taught By:
Robert Ashford, Christian C. Day, Gregory Germain

Wills and Trusts (3 cr)
LAW 715
Law governing interstate succession; execution and revocation of wills; inter vivos will substitutes; the creation, nature, and revocation of trusts; fiduciary administration.

Taught By:
Kevin Noble Maillard, LaVonda Reed, Terry L. Turnipseed

Environmental Law (3 cr)
LAW 716
Pollution control and toxic substance regulation; the ends and means of environmental protection; the institutional responsibilities of legislatures, agencies, and courts.

Taught By:
David Driesen

Estate and Gift Taxation (3 cr)
LAW 717
Taxation of transfers during life and death. Planning and alternative modes of disposition.

Taught By:
Robert Nassau

Evidence (4 cr)
LAW 718
Procedural and substantive rules of evidence, judicial notice, presumptions and burdens of proof, rules governing the receipt of oral and documentary evidence,impeachment, direct and cross-examination, competency, hearsay, privileges, and the best evidence rules.

Taught By:
Sanjay Chhablani, Lauryn Gouldin, Gary T. Kelder, William C. Snyder

Law and Psychology (3 cr)
LAW 719
An important goal of the legal system is to guide, constrain, and react to human behavior. In doing so, the law makes numerous assumptions about people's thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and conduct-assumptions that may or may not be true. Psychology, as the empirical study of human thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and conduct, is in an important position to evaluate such assumptions. Over the past several decades, increasing numbers of social scientists have devoted substantial attention to the systematic study of law and legal institutions. At the same time, social scientists are testifying as experts in increasing numbers, and encouraging courts and policy-makers to use research evidence in adjudicating court cases and in setting public policy. This course will provide a survey of research in psychology as it relates to the legal and political process; in-class activities and demonstrations will form a significant part of the class. Among the topics covered may be jury decision-making, the insanity defense, paternalism, media violence, negotiation, race, trial consulting, obscenity and pornography, and capital punishment. Each topic will be considered from both a theoretical and an applied perspective.

Taught By:
Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Family Law (3 cr)
LAW 720
State regulation of family relations; family autonomy; marital and nonmarital contracts; adoption. Issues in divorce, separation agreements, spousal and child support, property division, and child custody.

Taught By:
Richard A. Ellison, Kevin Noble Maillard

Federal Courts (3 cr)
LAW 721
Essential functions of federal courts. Relationships between federal courts and the other branches of the federal government, the states, and the individual.

Taught By:
Lisa A. Dolak

Federal Income Taxation I: Individuals (3 cr)
LAW 722
Law and policy regarding the taxation of income of the individual taxpayer, including characteristics of income, personal and business deductions, principles of income splitting and tax accounting, dispositions of property, capital gains.

Taught By:
Robert Nassau

Federal Income Taxation II: Taxation of Business Transactions (3 cr)
LAW 723
Income tax problems of the corporation and its shareholders, emphasizing corporate organization, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, reorganizations, collapsible corporations, and S corporations. Prerequisite is Federal Income Taxation I.

Taught By:
Robert Nassau

Intellectual Property (3 cr)
LAW 726
Survey of the foundations of copyright, patent, unfair competition, and trade law. For students who wish to concentrate in intellectual property or who want a basic course as preparation for business planning or litigation practice. Co-requisite for Copyright--Literary and Artistic Works and for Copyright Protection of New Technologies. Patents course and Unfair Competition may be taken as co-requisites.

Taught By:
Laura G. Lape

International Law (3 cr)
LAW 728
This course introduces students to the basic subjects, processes, and problems of contemporary public international law. We begin by exploring the sources of public international law; the traditional role of states in international law formation; and the burgeoning role of international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and subnational municipalities in transnational legal processes. Our attention then turns to the relationship between international law and U.S. law, including the principles that govern (and impede) the application of international law in U.S. courts. Rather than attempt to canvass the myriad subfields that comprise contemporary public international law, we devote sustained attention to four subjects: principles of jurisdiction, state claims to natural resources, the law of war, and international human rights. With this foundation in place, the course concludes with an invitation to grapple with several perennial critiques of the international legal system.

Taught By:
Tara Helfman

Labor and Employment Law (3 cr)
LAW 730
Organization and representation of employees; union collective action; collective bargaining, including the administration and enforcement of collective agreements.

Taught By:
Robert J. Rabin

Federal Criminal Law (3 cr)
LAW 735
Examines substantive Federal criminal law, including the following topics: The Federal Role in Enforcement Against Crime, The Consequences of Jurisdictional Overlap, Fraud and Political Corruption, Mail Fraud, The Hobbs Act, Official Bribery and Gratuities, Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering, Currency Reporting Offenses, Group and Organizational Crime (including RICO), Anti-Terrorism Enforcement, The Criminal Civil Rights Statutes, The Federal False Statement Statutes, Obstruction of Justice, Sentencing Guidelines, and Forfeiture.

Taught By:
William C. Snyder

Law and Literature (3 cr)
LAW 736
The focus of this course/seminar will be the law, the legal process, and concepts of justice as they are treated in a number of works of fiction as well as by lawyers in the judicial opinions and other writings. The fictional readings will be short stories (Tolstoy, Faulkner, Glaspell, Hawthorne, Cather, de Maupassant, Vonnegut, etc.) and two novellas. In-depth consideration of the materials should demonstrate to the student a wide gamut of emotions, human relationships, and ambiguities with which case law frequently does not adequately deal. The materials raise issues of morality, natural law, divine law, mercy, the limits of advocacy, and ethics, all of which must deeply concern any lawyer who strives to fulfill the true object of his or her profession.

Taught By:
Hon. Hugh Humphreys

Communications Law (3 cr)
LAW 738
Examination of the market structure and regulation of the communications industry as well as the relationship between the communications industry and the several branches of government. Topics include the authority of state and federal government to license spectrum and to regulate broadcast communications and cable, satellite, wireline and wireless services. Other topics may include broadcast fairness, political broadcasting and regulation of the Internet and emerging technologies.

Taught By:
LaVonda Reed

Entertainment Law (3 cr)
LAW 742
Will simulate actual entertainment law practice and will emphasize the process by which contracts are developed and entered into so as to make use of copyrighted properties. The student will be required to draw upon and further develop multiple legal skills, particularly substantive analysis, drafting, analysis of and otherwise dealing with "paper" from the other side, practical research, formulation of advice, and participation in various kinds of oral discussions.

Taught By:
Laura G. Lape

New York Civil Practice (3 cr)
LAW 743
Civil practice law and rules and interpretive cases and other aspects of civil litigation in New York.

Taught By:
Hon. Deborah Karalunas, Thomas Myers

Professional Responsibility (3 cr)
LAW 746

Relationship of the lawyer to the profession, community, client, and society. ABA Code of Professional Responsibility, ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and American Lawyer's Code of Conduct.

Fall Semester Sections 1 and 3 (Professor Anand): Lawyers are men and women of action. They are also individuals with power. This course asks what these twin facts mean for the professional responsibility of a lawyer. To engage this question, students will examine both the day-to-day activities of the practitioner and the collective action of the Bar, and explore decision-making, situation management, and problem-solving in a variety of settings and circumstances. Students will also reflect on the underlying policy and philosophical considerations associated with these forms of lawyer conduct. Consistent with this orientation, the course reading is broad ranging and includes, in addition to traditional law school course materials, professional and mainstream journal/newspaper articles, as well as academic literature, among other things. Furthermore, the subject matter of the course reading, on occasion, extends beyond lawyers – to members of other social institutions whose conduct parallels that of lawyers in certain ways, such as members of the press, the medical profession, and the financial industry. While the focus of this course is the actual practice of law – as opposed to the “black letter rules” of ethics codes and legal opinions (which have limited utility for the practitioner) – the course will examine, in detail, the Model of Rules of Professional Conduct as well as other aspects of the law governing lawyers. The final exam is a 24 hour take home exam.

Taught By:
Rakesh K. Anand, Robert Ashford, Mary Helen McNeal, Lucille M. Rignanese

Real Estate Transactions (3 cr)
LAW 747
Standard residential and commercial real estate transactions, including consideration of brokerage arrangements, contracts of sale, methods of financing, methods of title protection, mortgage markets, construction loans, and permanent financing.

Taught By:
Robin Paul Malloy

Securities Regulations (3 cr)
LAW 750
Securities Act of 1933: regulation of the distribution of securities, including the registration process, exempt securities, exempt transactions, enforcement, and liabilities; Securities Exchange Act of 1934: regulation of trading in securities and related market activities, including tender offers, proxy solicitations, market manipulation, disclosure requirements, insider trading, and express and implied civil liabilities.

Taught By:
Margaret M. Harding

Legal Interviewing (2 cr)
LAW 753
This course will combine the theory and practice of legal interviewing. The substantive and theoretical framework for legal interviewing will be examined and then applied in practice. Practical applications will include both simulations and at least two live interviews of real clients with real-time, real-life legal problems.

Taught By:
Betsy Sterling

Trial Practice (3 cr)
LAW 754
Courtroom techniques and tactics drawing on substantive and procedural law and evidence courses. Students prepare and conduct trial exercises under direction of instructor.

Taught By:
Stefano Cambareri, Gordon Cuffy, Travis H.D. Lewin, Donald Martin, Lee Michaels, Patrick O’Sullivan, Emil Rossi, Richard Southwick

Trademarks & Unfair Competition (3 cr)
LAW 755
A practical review of current intellectual property issues relating to trademarks, trade dress, false advertising, internet and the First Amendment, and rights of publicity. The course features mock courtroom presentations by experienced litigators and guest presentations by practitioners in the field.

Taught By:
David Stimson

Lawyering Skills (3 cr)
LAW 756

Lawyering Skills: Basic. The course covers the practical lawyering skills essential for the successful and effective representation of clients in various areas of the law, including criminal law, corporate, real property and zoning, estates and trusts, litigation, appellate practice, and other area of practice. When discussing those areas of law, special emphasis will be placed on client interviews, ethical issues, negotiation techniques, counseling skills, drafting documents, making presentations, persuasive writing, decision-making, and, most importantly; critical and strategic thinking. By doing so, the course should condense and weave together a broad range of experiences and exercises which the students may encounter in the actual practice of law.

Lawyering Skills: Planning for the Non-Traditional Family. Drafting of legal instruments for individuals and their loved ones who do not fit the traditional nuclear family model. Topics would include domestic partnership agreements, estate planning instruments (e.g. wills, trusts, and corporate formations), tax planning, and second-parent adoptions.

Taught By:
Joseph Coté III, Charles Sprock Jr., M. Joanne VanDyke

Mergers and Acquisitions (2 cr)
LAW 757
This course is for students with a strong interest in capital markets, public corporations, and modern corporate practice. Topics covered include source of gains in business combinations, duties and risks of sellers, buyers' risks in acquisitions, and securities laws.

Taught By:
Christian C. Day

Computer Crimes (3 cr)
Law 759
This course is organized around three questions: 1) what conduct involving a computer is prohibited by criminal law? 2) What legal rules govern the collection of digital evidence in criminal investigations? 3) What powers do state, national, and foreign governments have to investigate and prosecute computer crimes? More specifically, topics will include computer hacking, computer viruses, encryption, online undercover operations, the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, the law of Internet surveillance, laws governing access to e-mail, forum-shopping, jurisdiction, national security, and federal–state relations and international cooperation in the enforcement of computer crime laws. Special attention will be paid to cyber terrorism. No advanced knowledge of computers and the Internet is required or assumed.

Taught By:
William C. Snyder

Patent Prosecution (3 cr)
LAW 760
This course is designed primarily for students who plan to practice in the area of Patent Law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) which permits only registered patent attorneys and agents to represent clients in the prosecution of patent applications. The course will cover the process of procuring a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The course will also enhance students' understanding of the legal standards for patentability (building upon the principles explored in Patents and Trade Secrets), will familiarize students with the PTO's elaborate rules of practice in patent cases, and will provide students with practice applying these standards and rules to facts and situations encountered in basic patent prosecution practice. Patents and Trade Secrets is a prerequisite to this course.

Taught By:
David Nocilly

Appellate Advocacy Skills (3 cr)
LAW 761
Development of skills used in the appellate process, including postjudgment practice, creation of the record, finding error, brief writing, and oral argument structure, emphasizing written skills. Required for second-year students seeking Moot Court Board membership.

Taught By:
Audra A. Albright, Gabrielle Mardany, James Maxwell

Disability Law (3 cr)
LAW 763
This class deals with federal laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on the American Disabilities Act of 1990. The goal of this course is to provide a legal, conceptual, and practical understanding of people with disabilities, forms of discrimination that occur on the basis of disability, and the protections against such discrimination that currently exist.

Taught By:
Arlene S. Kanter

Bankruptcy Law: Creditors Rights and Debtor Protection (4 cr)
LAW 764
This course will cover state law remedies (how to collect a debt and how to defend a debtor) and representing debtors in individual liquidation and restructuring proceedings under Bankruptcy Code (Chapter 7 and 13).

Taught By:
Gregory Germain

Patents and Trade Secrets (3 cr)
LAW 765
This course examines the U.S. patent system and focuses on issues of patentability, validity, and infringement. The protection and enforcement of trade secrets are also covered.

Taught By:
Lisa A. Dolak

Copyright - Literary and Artistic Works (3 cr)
LAW 768
Advanced copyright course. In-depth exploration of a number of copyright-law areas in music, fine arts, and film and issues on the boundaries of copyright law. Includes fair use, work for hire in both industry and academia, compensation for ideas, moral rights, right of publicity, the impact of new technologies on research, data bases and fact-based works, infringement on unpublished works, and international copyright protection.

Taught By:
Laura G. Lape

Advanced Trial Practice (2 cr)
LAW 769
Advanced training in direct and cross-examination, witness interviewing and preparation, negotiation techniques, voir dire and jury preparation, final arguments, discovery, pretrial and trial motions, pretrial conferences, jury trial techniques, and posttrial procedure.

Taught By:
John Duncan, Domenic Trunfio

Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 cr)
LAW 772
An introduction to the spectrum of processes other than courtroom litigation that are available for resolving disputes. This includes such "pure" processes as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration and such "hybrid" processes as the Mini-Trial and the Summary Jury Trial.

Taught By:
Margaret M. Harding

Chinese Law (3 cr)
LAW 774
Focus on the development of the Chinese legal system since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, with due attention to social, political, and economic factors. Close examination of areas of substantive and procedural law, such as constitutional law, professional responsibility, criminal law and procedure, and labor law.

Taught By:
Hilary K. Josephs

Internet Law (3 cr)
LAW 775
A survey of legal issues relating to computers and computer networks, including electronic commerce, the protection and enforcement of proprietary rights in software and electronic works, privacy and security, and content regulation. This course also explores the evidentiary use of computer records and other emerging issues in computer law.

Taught By:
George McGuire

Elder Law (3 cr)
LAW 777
This course will address ethical issues related to the competency assessment of elder clients. Income maintenance, including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and other public and private pensions as well as Medicare and Medicaid, will be considered. Guardianship, long-term care, and estate planning will be considered as well. Additional topics may include employment discrimination, housing, health care decision making, and elder abuse.

Taught By:
Nina A. Kohn

International Human Rights (3 cr)
LAW 778
After introducing human rights law in the context of a case study on the death penalty, this course examines international human rights law from both a practical and theoretical perspective. The course is designed to provide students with an informed and critical perspective on international instruments, intergovernmental organizations, and domestic legal arrangements articulating and implementing human rights. Topics will include the historic origins of modern human rights law; the content of and connections between civil, political, social, and economic rights; relationships between human rights law, international criminal law, and the law of armed conflict; transnational strategies associated with implementation and enforcement of human rights law; the importance of soft law; and international responses to mass atrocities.

Taught By:
C. Cora True-Frost

Adoption Law (3 cr)
LAW 780
Legal theories involved in adoption law, the attorney's role in adoption practice, and the various legal documents involved.

Taught By:
No professors currently teach this course

Law and Popular Culture (3 cr)
LAW 783
Law is everywhere around us, and the most unlikely of places are the best subjects to examine. Even in contexts outside the obviously legal, law manifests, constantly updating itself. If traditional legal education and other formal legal representations represent the “high culture” of law, what is deemed popular culture—that which is modern, material, and local--unabashedly represents the “low.” This class examines the dissemination of legal information to the masses and the concomitant effect of the masses upon the law. By examining film, literature, art, and music, students will learn the dialectical influences of law and humanity, and how this is translated into various media.

Taught By:
Kevin Noble Maillard

Employment Law (3 cr)
LAW 784
This course will cover a wide variety of topics in the employment relationship. It is a complex area covered by both federal and state statutes as well as common law. Topics that will be covered include establishing the employment relationship, terms and conditions of employment, health insurance and other fringe benefits, the work environment, and terminating the employment relationship. This course may include an experiential component consisting of the opportunity to represent a client in an unemployment insurance board hearing.

Taught By:
James Williams

Advanced Torts (3 cr)
LAW 785
This course will explore the substantive laws of products liability, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, defamation and invasions of privacy; through use of case studies will develop action plans, draft pleadings, and other mechanisms used in tort litigation.

Taught By:
Hon. John Cherundolo

Children and the Law (3 cr)
LAW 787
Parent-child, child-state relationships. Education, health, welfare, child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and representation of children will be covered in this course.

Taught By:
Kevin Noble Maillard

Immigration Law (3 cr)
LAW 788
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, exclusion and deportation, and nonimmigrant status.

Taught By:
Andrew Kim

Counterterrorism and the Law (3 cr)
LAW 790
This course will concern U.S. and international law responses to terrorism. The course will include a brief overview and history of terrorism. Topics will include legal definitions of terrorism, investigation and intelligence collection in the U.S. and abroad, apprehension of terrorists across borders, immigration and border controls, prosecution of terrorists, sanctions against terrorism and its supporters (including reprisal, assassination, asset freeze and forfeiture), crisis and consequence management in the event of terrorist attacks (including martial law and detention, domestic use of the military, catastrophic emergency measures, hostage and rescue operations), and law reform issues.

Taught By:
William C. Snyder

Regulatory Law and Policy (3 cr)
LAW 794
An advanced exploration of regulatory decision making, focusing on the reasons for and methods used in implementing regulation; how policy and politics impact on regulatory decisions and relate to the legal authority of agencies; case studies of regulatory programs, their successes, and failures. Course requirements include one or more research papers that will meet the College of Law writing requirement. Administrative Law or Public Administration and Law are prerequisites for this course. This one-semester course is a J.D./M.P.A. program requirement.

Taught By:
C. Cora True-Frost

International, Foreign and Comparative Law Research Topics (3 cr)
LAW 795
The purpose of this course is to offer students a working knowledge of legal bibliography and research methods, both in traditional print sources and in electronic formats, for conducting research in the laws of foreign countries, international law and comparative law.

Taught By:
Thomas R. French

Canadian Law (3 cr)
Law 795
The course is intended to provide students with an overview of the law and legal systems of Canada. It will explore Canada’s historical development, legal structure, and place within the common law world. Covering topics such as Federalism, Responsible Government, the Charter of Rights, Family Law, Conflicts of Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, First Nations, Hate Speech, and Business Law the course will concentrate on both the similarities and differences with U.S. law and the probable reasons for the differences. Some attention will be devoted to the law of Quebec and the duality of its legal system. At least one week will be spent on conducting legal research in Canadian Law, but the course is not a research course.

Taught By:
Thomas R. French

Constitutional Criminal Procedures - Adj. (3 cr)
LAW 796
Constitutional and statutory requirements for adjudicative procedures in criminal cases. Topics include accusatory instruments, bail, discovery, guilty pleas, double jeopardy, speedy trial, fair trial, jury trial, assistance of counsel, and confrontation.

Taught By:
Todd Berger, Sanjay Chhablani

Foundational Skills for Attorney Licensing (2 cr)
LAW 800
The course will provide an understanding of the bar review and bar exam process as well as the skills necessary to be successful in the licensing process . A significant portion of the course will be spent discussing how to approach and do well on practice bar exam questions, including essays, performance tests and multiple choice questions. Time will be spent discussing how to learn from bar review outlines and lectures, and how to conduct a self-assessment to understand personal study habits and adjustments which must be made prior to the review of bar-tested subjects . The course will also cover specific topics and skills to help students understand how to manage their attitude, stress, and study time.

Taught By:
Keri Foster, Richard S. Risman, Kim Wolf Price

Law Practice Management (3 cr)
LAW 803
Law Practice Management comprehensively examines all aspects of the formation, management, development and growth of a law firm. The course will focus primarily on solo practitioners and small partnerships. The course will explore forms of partnership, licensing requirements, insurance, human resources and employment practices, accounting and finance, IT, marketing and business development, and dissolution.

Taught By:
Michael Bottar

The Law of Genocide (3 cr)
LAW 804
This seminar examines the historical, philosophical and political origins of statutes that outlaw crimes against humanity and genocide. It then focuses on aspects of the first post-World War II trial of the SS personnel at the Nazi concentration camps of Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, followed by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem; the trial in Tel Aviv of the head of the Jewish police of a Polish ghetto; the trial of former Serbian and Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and related proceedings; as well as certain prosecutions before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in particular those relating to incitement to genocide on the part of newspapers and radio broadcasters. It will be compare and contrast aspects of these trials. Also discussed is the impact of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and consideration of the development of the law relating to genocide and crimes against humanity over the course of the past 70 years and its contemporary implications. The goal of the seminar is to provide the students with a broad awareness of the jurisprudential, historical, political, and social dimensions that underlie the ongoing efforts to criminalize and prosecute ethnically, religiously or racially motivated mass murder and related atrocities.

Taught By:
Menachem Rosensaft

Advanced Disability Law & Policy (3 cr)
LAW 809
This is a one semester applied learning course. The goal of this course is to expose students to disability law and policy as applied to real situations. Each student will work on a project that has originated from a request from a "real client" or client organizations, such as the National Council on Disability, the World Bank, Mental Disability Rights International, or other organizations that work with and for people with disabilities.

Taught By:
Arlene S. Kanter

General Counsel (3 cr)
LAW 811
This applied learning course is designed to expose students to a number of areas of practice that are common for house counsel. Students will work individually and in teams and undertake simulations in litigation management, agreement negotiation and drafting, employment problems, and intellectual property practice. Students will learn how lawyers handle complex problems in such diverse areas and may conduct research, draft agreements and file memoranda, conduct interviews, and negotiate to resolve the issues found in practical exercises that will be the backbone of the course.

Taught By:
Erin Markey, Patrick Rao

The Rule of Law in Post Conflct Reconstruction (3 cr)
LAW 813
This course addresses the legal challenges faced by the international community in reconstructing societies following armed conflict or other crises. The course is divided into two sections. Part one focuses on a number of core issues, including defining and identifying the rule of law; the relationship between the law and reconstruction; the question of transitional justice and international criminal law; international human rights; protecting vulnerable populations; and regulating the security sector. In the second part, the focus moves to case studies – South Africa, Rwanda, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and East Timor – to test some of the theoretical premises as well as stimulate debate.

Taught By:
Isaac Kfir

Technology Transactions Law (3 cr)
LAW 814
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the technical, business, and legal factors involved in bringing new technologies to market. This is a year-long course that covers topics ranging from basic intellectual property law and performing patent searches to economics to finance and business areas such as financing technology innovation. The course includes multiple guest lectures from practicing professionals involved in technology transactions at universities as well as private companies and in law firms. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a broad knowledge of technology innovation law and practice.

Taught By:
M. Jack Rudnick

Technology Commercialization Research Center (3 cr)
LAW 815
This applied learning course allows students interested in the areas of intellectual property and business law to apply their knowledge to actual new technology projects. In this year-long course, students work in teams consulting with companies, entrepreneurs or universities that are seeking to commercialize new technologies. The finished product includes a report and presentation that cover such things as: analyzing the technology, investigating intellectual property protection, examining the market landscape, identifying any regulatory concerns, and exploring opportunities for funding or licensing. Technology Transactions Law is a prerequisite for this course but may be taken concurrently.

Taught By:
Richard Newman, M. Jack Rudnick, George S. Smith II

Commercial Real Estate Practice (2 cr)
LAW 816
This applied learning course will build on the fundamentals of the Real Estate Transactions I course, and will focus on the development of a regional shopping mall which will provide a framework for the course outline. The course will not only provide ways to convey many of the concepts found in this type of real estate, but will also provide the basis to explore the relationship between the real estate concepts and the business framework of which they become a part. Case law will be utilized to supplement certain interpretations of Real Property Law. Real Estate Transactions I is a prerequisite for this course.

Taught By:
Marc Malfitano

Military Law and Procedure (2 cr)
LAW 817
Military Law and Procedure is an overview of the military justice system and its procedural application in today's Armed Forces of the United States. Students will read, discuss, and practice how the Uniform Code of Military Justice and its procedural applications ensure proper discipline within the ranks of today's armed forces. The course will trace the history of discipline within those armed forces, the development of the rule of law in the military, the practice aspects of advocating before a courts-martial, as well as understand the non-judicial and administrative aspects of discipline in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Additionally, the students will study the application of the UCMJ on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the new challenges faced by commanders and their legal advisers in the battlefields of tomorrow.

Taught By:
David M. Crane

Family Law Mediation and Collaborative Law (3 cr)
LAW 819
This Course will focus on alternative dispute resolution in the family law area. Students will study mediation and collaborative law through written materials and mock exercises. The ethical issues involved in these forms of ADR will also be addressed.

Taught By:
Daniel Cantone

Domestic Violence (3 cr)
LAW 821
This course will analyze case law as well as other text and articles applicable to domestic violence cases. One of the objectives of this course will be to expose, through class discussions, some of the misconceptions regarding domestic violence and its victims. Students will have the opportunity to participate in simulated exercises designed to develop interviewing and information gathering techniques necessary for the thorough representation of the domestic violence victim in court. Visits to the class by guest speakers are also planned. The course will delve into all of the possible issues that need to be addressed in representing the domestic violence victim.

Taught By:
Cynthia Carroll Nolan

Corporate Financing Transactions (2 cr)
LAW 827
This course teaches corporate finance by guiding students through all aspects and phases of a syndicated commercial loan transaction. Students will examine the design, negotiation, finance, and implementation of a real-world deal, from both a law and business perspective. In addition to teaching the substantive law and principles of finance, the course also teaches essential deal skills and provides students with practical insights (from an experienced senior lawyer) that will enable them to be effective transactional lawyers and bankers. This course is cross-listed with the Whitman School of Management and will contain a combination of JD and MBA students.

Taught By:
A. Joseph Warburton

Advanced Criminal Evidence (3 cr)
LAW 828
The course will cover Federal and New York rules of evidence, and constitutional rules pertaining to the rights to confront and present a defense, in connection with a range of issues typically arising in criminal cases. Weekly assignments will be designed to simulate work that would be performed in a prosecutor’s or defender’s office. They will include motions in liminie and supporting memoranda, inter-office trial preparation memoranda, and both trial court and appellate advocacy of evidentiary issues. The course is a limited enrollment course and the grade will be based exclusively on written and oral advocacy.

Taught By:
Gary T. Kelder

Refugee and Asylum Law (3 cr)
LAW 831
The 1951 Refugee Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is over 60 years old. The number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution stands at over 40 million and is unlikely to diminish. Against this background, international debates continue regarding the nature of the protection that refugees should be granted, the role of the international community, and the obligations of receiving countries towards refugees. This course aims to introduce students, through comparative legal studies, to how the 1951 Refugee Convention has developed.
The module covers the international legal framework for refugee protection, its main challenges and shortcomings, by referring to how international, regional, and national courts interpret and implement refugee and asylum law. Main areas of discussion will include international criteria for the attainment, exclusion and withdrawal of refugee status, the development of the non-refoulement principle, and the changing role of UNHCR, as well as how the EU, the AU and OAS employ the term 'refugee' while also noting how states react to those decisions.

Taught By:
Isaac Kfir

Cyber Security Law and Policy (3 cr)
LAW 832
The 2009 White House Cyberspace Policy Review states: “The United States needs to conduct a national dialogue on cybersecurity to … ensure an integrated approach toward the Nation’s need for security and the national commitment to privacy rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law.” This three-credit, one-semester seminar intends to be part of that dialog. Some cyber security law already exists. Other laws of long standing present issues of applicability or adaptability to the cyber realm. Many proposals remain in Congressional committees, such as bills that would mandate security measures for all entities receiving federal money, establish a federal certification for technicians serving computer networks of entities receiving federal money, and provide the President with authority to “pull the plug” on national Internet connectivity in times of emergency. This course is premised on the belief that much policy and law to implement it will be made in the next few years to institute a national policy to protect U.S. interests in cyberspace. The seminar uses an interdisciplinary approach, but no special background or prerequisites are required.

Taught By:
William C. Snyder

Social Deviance and Law Seminar (3 cr)
LAW 834
Deviant behavior characterizes a course of action that violates recognized social norms. First, formal social norms govern human behavior through legal institutions. Conversely, informal social norms gather energy through no concrete regulatory structure, but through social approbation. This course focuses on both types of norms. Students will explore informal norms as an alternative way of thinking about power and governance outside the provenance of law. They will develop critical thinking skills about the authority of “manners” and “society” as equally forceful, or perhaps even more so, than formalized law. This interdisciplinary course brings together law, literature, philosophy, and film. Topics covered will be: Manners, Propriety, Violence, Sexuality, Blue laws, and Intercultural competence

Taught By:
Kevin Noble Maillard

Complex Litigation: Class Action (3 cr)
LAW 836
Class action is the most controversial procedural device. After studying the technical issues (prerequisites, certification, notice, opt out, settlement, res judicata) and its specific applications (consumer, antitrust, security, discrimination, mass tort) in concrete cases (tobacco, asbestos, Wal-Mart), you will be able to better understand the political and social implications behind class actions. Although class actions may bring social change and right injustices, it may also be improperly used to harass and blackmail defendants into settling non-meritorious claims. The course also deals with non-class aggregation, like joinder, impleader, interpleader, intervention, consolidation, transfers, and bankruptcy. It is also an excellent opportunity to review civil procedure concepts.

Taught By:
Antonio Gidi

European Union Policy: Human Rights and Security (3 cr)
Law 837
This course is an introduction to European Union Law. The course contains four thematic units. Part 1 introduces the European Union and its main institutions. Students will familiarize themselves with the evolution of the EU legal doctrines. Part 2 explores the development of European Human Rights Law and how the EU has approached human rights. Part 3 explores the way the EU deals with security, within the EU and in EU relations with the international community. Specific issues such as the challenge of European integration, the institutions of the EU, human rights in the post-9/11 period, counter-terrorism, and privacy in an era of security will be examined. The final part looks at the EU’s foreign relations (EU-US and EU-Africa).

Taught By:
Isaac Kfir

Binary Economics and Property Rights Seminar: (3 cr)
LAW 838
One of the most important duties of lawyers is to help people identify and secure their essential rights and responsibilities. Serving clients effectively requires that lawyers ask the right questions. When addressing economic rights, here are nine important questions: (1) Why does wealth tend to concentrate in market economies even in times of great prosperity? (2) Why does the great promise of the industrial revolution (abundance and leisure) remain unfulfilled for most people? (3) Why does every generation of students graduate deeper in debt? (4) What is behind the adage, “It takes money to make money”? (5) How can more economic opportunity become more broadly distributed? (6) What are the growth and distributive consequences of the fact that most capital is acquired with the earnings of capital? (7) Is there a practical, efficient way to enable all people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital, without taking anything from existing owners? (8) What is the relationship between the distribution of capital ownership and the functioning of a democracy? (9) What role can lawyers play in pursuing these and related questions to better serve their clients, themselves, and society? This seminar will explore these and related questions. The seminar will not require an above average mathematical aptitude or prior exposure to economics, but rather only an open mind and a willingness to approach economic issues from a foundation grounded in professional responsibility. Students will read assigned material, do additional reading of their own choosing, make an in-class presentation (optional), and write a paper that will satisfy the writing requirement for graduation.

Taught By:
Robert Ashford

Law, Politics and the Media (3 cr)
Law 839
The American judicial system today operates in a complex environment of legal principle, political pressure, and media coverage. The separate elements of this complex environment are typically studied by different groups of individuals working from different perspectives. Law faculty tend to focus on legal principle; political scientists examine the influence of politics; and scholars of public communication assess the media. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the court system and its environment as a single, integrated subject of study. To this end, the course is taught by a team of faculty instructors drawn from law, journalism, and political science. Academic discussions are complemented by lectures from sitting judges, practicing lawyers, and working journalists. Topics to be covered in the course include: conventional understandings of judicial independence; contemporary public opinion of the courts; the ethics of good judging and good journalism; the politics of judicial elections and judicial appointments; the possibilities for judicial reform; the politics of judicial budgets; the media, tort reform, and the litigation crisis; “trials of the century;” the media treatment of wrongful convictions and cold cases; and the relationship between press coverage, the courts, and national security.

Taught By:
Keith J. Bybee, Lisa A. Dolak

Law of Armed Conflict (3 cr)
LAW 840
Mankind has attempted to regulate the horror of war for centuries. This seminar will review those attempts, focusing on the modern era. Particular attention will be paid to recent challenges related to the war on terror and the ramifications for future enforcement of these key principles. Any student interested in practicing national security law or going into international criminal justice must have a clear understanding of the law of armed conflict. This seminar will assist in that understanding. The student will have the opportunity to be involved in several practical exercises that will reinforce their learning and write a paper on various cutting edge issues, of their choosing, related to the law of armed conflict.

Taught By:
David M. Crane

History of the Regulation of Trade and Business (3 cr)
LAW 846
This experimental course will explore the legal and moral principles of business and trade regulation over 5,000 years. Students will learn about ancient regulation of prices, for which violators were executed; usury laws; licensing and other concepts as they evolved into our current system. Understanding the history of regulation will help lawyers, business owners and executives navigate regulatory regimes.

Taught By:
David Johnston

The Affordable Care Act (2 cr)
LAW 852
This seminar explores four aspects of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. The first is the long history of advocacy for the federal government to declare health care a right and to provide public funding for all medical and hospital attention. The second will be a study of the contents of the ACA, attempting to understand how the legislation was conceived, written and passed. The third will be a study of the implementation of the law including the experience of the failed roll-out using the Internet. Finally, legal decisions arising from the law will be examined. This course can be used to fulfill the legal writing requirement.

Taught By:
No professors currently teach this course

Law and Social Sciences Seminar (3 cr)
LAW 854
Legal study is increasingly interdisciplinary, making use of various other fields to challenge, inform, and assist legal theory and doctrine. This seminar will cover a number of social sciences—e.g., psychology, economics, sociology, political science, anthropology—to examine the connections between law and other disciplines. Topics to which these social science approaches will be applied may include capital punishment, juries, race, gender, paternalism, media violence, obscenity, expert witnesses, judicial decision-making, and others based on students' interest. A thorough research paper designed to meet the College of Law writing criteria will be required.

Taught By:
Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Jessup Mini-Course Seminar (1 cr)
LAW 857
The Jessup mini-course is designed to prepare student for effective participation in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Classes will focus on general principles of international law, research skills, and discrete international law topics arising from the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition problem set. All class participants must be members of the SUCOL Jessup International Moot Court Team ass advocates, memorialist or alternate. Arguing members and the memorialist receive two (2) total credits for this class. Alternates receive one (1) credit for the course.

Taught By:
Lucille M. Rignanese

Property Law in the 21st Century: Advanced Topics in Property Law (3 cr)
LAW 858
This seminar will examine current important issues in property law and theory, topics to which students may have been introduced during their first year but that warrant investigation in further detail. The course will first review different notions of what property actually is, using historical and modern analyses both from political theory and from the law. We will then consider the extent to which property concepts can be usefully employed to resolve an array of current social issues, such as the enforcement of surrogacy (parenting) contracts, property as a fundamental human right, virtual property, ownership of the moon and other outer space bodies, the sale or other control of body parts, adverse possession, the fate of human embryos, eminent domain and takings, employment rights, or environmental rights. Students will be exposed to and discuss the relevant law, where it exists, but will also pursue in more depth the conceptual and policy-based arguments that shape and underlie current public policy debates. A final paper will be required, designed to meet the school’s writing requirement.

Taught By:
Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Business Valuation Law (3 cr)
Law 860
An understanding of the principles of valuation is essential to a wide array of legal practice areas ranging from corporate law to marital dissolution. This course will focus on the concepts and methodologies employed to evaluate privately held and publicly traded enterprises. The fundamental and market-based business valuation theories and techniques will be examined, including the capitalization of earnings method, the dividend discount model, the discounted cash flow method, the capital asset pricing model, and the efficient capital market hypothesis. Additional topics will include the applicability of minority and marketability discounts and the exclusivity of appraisal rights. Students will have the opportunity to analyze business valuation problems and discuss the implications of the various business valuation models. Pre or co requisite: Corporations.

Taught By:
Dori K. Bailey

Public Health Law Seminar (3 cr)
LAW 862
This course deals with the law which empowers, tailors and limits federal, state and local governmental efforts to enhance and protect the health of the general population. It will make use of case studies of government educational and regulatory efforts in several areas of historic and very current controversy to examine issues which commonly arise with that law.

The course will introduce students to the constitutional foundations and limits on the essential power of national, state and local governments and their officials to protect the health of individuals in areas where such protection may conflict with other important rights, such as with abortion, ‘immoral’ behavior, religious practices and beliefs, and with seat belts, ferrets and fluoridation.

It will examine the use of peculiarly public-health-protective techniques such as quarantine and other liberty-restricting methods in the context of traditional diseases such as tuberculosis, newer diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and more recent threats of pandemic (including the H1N1 flu) and biological terrorism. Recognizing the public health system’s needs for accurate information in fashioning government responses and programs, the course will look at the law related to public health ‘surveillance’ – the law about the effective collection and maintenance of information and its use in biomedical research. In examining case studies about contagious diseases, environmentally-related cancers and DNA-banking, students will be exposed to tensions between the public health system’s need for information and the privacy rights of individuals about whom such information is gathered.

In the context of government efforts – and private individuals’ efforts – to regulate tobacco use/smoking, the course will look at the special problems inherent in the regulation of health-harming activities which the government is unwilling to bad outright. Those include problems in regulating advertising and other forms of communication by business actors, in litigation by injured persons and in ‘regulation’ by private entities such as employers. Likewise, the course will consider the special problems which arise when the law seeks to encourage healthier behaviors, exploring case studies of efforts to affect drug abuse and obesity. It will inspect the appropriateness of and problems with criminalization, regulation and education as legal responses to these public health problems.

The course will conclude with scrutiny of possible public health responses to existing difficulties linked to the possession and use of guns and to future problems linked to the threat of bioterrorism. It will use the gun cases to focus on how the law determines the proper remedial steps to respond to a non-traditional threat to public health. It will explore planned responses to bioterrorism to enable students to focus on the law of “public health preparedness” and to explore the significance of global threats to domestic public health along with the significance of international actors in enhancing/protecting public health both in the U.S. and elsewhere.

This course is expected to be open to law students and graduate students in SUNY Upstate’s medical school and its Master’s in Public Health joint program with S.U. It will attempt to blend in experiential learning by linking students to public health work being done locally and in New York State.

This course should be useful for law students who anticipate doing work directly (or indirectly as a lawyer with a firm which works) with governments, schools, hospitals and health-care providers, the military and insurers, among many others. It should be useful for non-lawyers who anticipate working with or for any such entities or who anticipate planning or doing research in areas linked to public health, either domestically or internationally.

Taught By:
Peter Bell

Estate Planning (3 cr)
LAW 864
This course will explore estate planning from two perspectives. First, it will deal with the substantive aspects of estate and gift tax and property law (including joint interests, life insurance and retirement plan proceeds) which must be considered in developing an estate plan. Wills, trusts and other planning techniques will be considered in detail. Second, the practical aspects of dealing with estate planning clients will be considered in depth, including how to explain difficult technical matters to the client, how to present documents to clients in an understandable format, and issues of ethics and professionalism. Short drafting and writing exercises as well as a substantial paper, consisting of a package of client memoranda and documents, will be required.

Taught By:
Terry L. Turnipseed

Natural Resources Law (3 cr)
LAW 865
This course examines the law governing the use and conservation of natural resources, primarily (but not exclusively) on federally owned land. Natural Resources Law addresses wilderness preservation, forestry, mineral extraction, protection of wildlife, environment impact analysis, and water allocation.

Taught By:
Robert Malmsheimer

Banking Law (3 cr)
LAW 866
Federal and state laws and regulations affecting banks in the United States.

Taught By:
Dori K. Bailey

Property and Tax from Ancient Athens to America (3 cr)
LAW 867
This is an experimental course on the ancient roots of modern law. Students will learn how the ancients developed concepts of private property and tax, adjudicated disputes, and developed concepts that influence the law today. Understanding the development of legal theory will help lawyers, business owners and executives understand the theory underneath the practical application of the law, giving them insights into the principles.

Taught By:
David Johnston

International Criminal/Civil Practice and Procedure (2 cr)
LAW 872
International Criminal/Civil Practice and Procedure prepares a student for the real world of practicing before international criminal courts and federal district courts related to human rights violations, as well as seeking redress before other world judicial bodies to include the International Court of Justice and the various regional human rights courts. This seminar will be an intensive study of case studies taking the student from initial allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity, developing an investigative plan, drafting of indictments, preparing pre-trial motions, preparing for trial, and trial practice. Ancillary considerations related to civil suits before regional human rights courts and US federal district courts will be studied as well. The student's written work product and presentations will form the basis of the grade at the end of the course.

Taught By:
David M. Crane

Judicial Decision Making (3 cr)
LAW 882
To understand what the law actually is in practice, and to understand how it evolves over time, it is necessary to understand how judges decide cases. Understanding judicial decision-making also helps policy-makers develop beneficial policies regarding the courts, including selecting judges who may or may not be influenced by politics or ideology, and developing educational opportunities for judges. Insight into the “judicial mind” also helps attorneys craft persuasive arguments. Thus, in this seminar we survey the legal, political science, and empirical literature on how judges make decisions. Topics to be studied, both from a theoretical and practical perspective, include: theories of judicial decision-making; judicial election and appointment; constraints under which judges operate; the impact of court structure on the decision-making process; judicial writing; clerks’ role in the decision-making process; the relationship between the media and the courts; judicial education; and the influence of public perceptions of the court. Class attendance and participation are required. Brief weekly responses and a final research paper are required; the paper will satisfy the College of Law’s Writing Requirement. The seminar complements other courses at the College of Law (e.g., LCR III: Judicial Writing or Law, Politics, and the Media), as well as opportunities at the Maxwell School and with the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media.

Taught By:
Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Central Challenges in National Security (3 cr)
LAW 883
Using a series of case study modules that jump off the front page, the course examines critically the hardest U.S. national security law and policy challenges of the decades ahead. The case studies range from decisions to intervene and what laws apply if we do intervene in humanitarian crises, insurrections, or civil wars, and what laws should govern when we are involved; dealing with the Arab Spring; dealing with Iran and North Korea related to nuclear weapons; anticipating and controlling new technologies in warfare and surveillance; managing civil/military relations in protecting the homeland; countering the cyber threats to our infrastructure and cyber attacks waged by nation states, such as China and Russia; managing public health as a national security issue; resource depletion and global warming as a national security issue. Students will learn to integrate legal and policy analyses, and will gain lessons in how policy is made and implemented with significant legal guidance. Students will present analyses of case studies to the class, and will write briefing memoranda concerning some of the case study modules.

Taught By:
William C. Banks

International Human Rights and Comparative Disability Law (3 cr)
LAW 889
This course introduces students to recent developments in international human rights and comparative disability law, including an analysis of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD was entered into force in 2008 as the first treaty to protect the rights of people with disabilities under international law. This course is for law students and other graduate students who are interested in disability rights and international human rights law, generally. The course uses disability as a case study for the study of the development of international human rights protections for certain groups; the adoption, monitoring, and implementation of UN treaties; the role of regional human rights tribunals in enforcing human rights protections for people with disabilities; and the relationship between international human rights laws and domestic disability-related laws in selected countries.

Taught By:
Arlene S. Kanter

Climate Change: Science, Perception and Policy (3 cr)
LAW 891
Climate change (global warming) is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. This course introduces students to the challenges posed by climate change through a unique multi-disciplinary exploration of the scientific, economic, policy, communicative, and even philosophical dimensions of the issue. The course will cover topics such as the current state of scientific knowledge about climate change, the role of the media in shaping public opinion on the issue, competing discourses of climate change, risk and uncertainty in decision-making, costs and benefits of different types of policies, the Kyoto protocol and other policy initiatives, actions being taken to address the issue, and the ethical dimensions of the choices facing humanity. Faculty from SU and ESF in law, economics/public administration, earth science, and environmental studies will co-teach this course and bring to students a unique dialog that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Moreover, emphasis will be placed on drawing out the general lessons obtained from a multi-disciplinary approach to climate change: many of the insights will be applicable to other complex, highly technical environmental problems. This course is intended to bring together students from a diverse range of backgrounds and does not have specific prerequisites.

Taught By:
David Driesen

Capital Punishment Seminar (2 cr)
LAW 892
The death penalty is society’s ultimate legal sanction, meant to be used for the worst of the worst. Given the finality and enormity of the State’s deliberate taking of a human life, the United States Supreme Court has developed a complex jurisprudence in an attempt to ensure that the death penalty is administered fairly and reliably. In this seminar, we will study this jurisprudence and evaluate its effectiveness. We will also explore issues concerning the actual administration of the death penalty, such as methods and timing of executions, conditions on death row, women on death row, mental illness and competence to be executed, the sentencing of innocent persons to death, and clemency. In addition to traditional Casebook materials, we will use documentaries and case studies to get a fuller understanding of capital punishment.

Taught By:
Sanjay Chhablani

Atrocity Law and Policy: Practicing before International Criminal Tribunals (2 cr)
LAW 899
International criminal law is a new discipline within the legal profession. Over the past 12 years, the discipline has developed at an exponential rate. Cutting edge rulings and decisions are setting the cornerstones in international criminal law for years to come. It is a rare opportunity for teachers, students, practitioners, and policy makers to be present at the beginnings of a new area of the law. Rarer still is the opportunity for students to be able to take a seminar from one of the senior international practitioners in the field, using his work as the basis for this seminar. Drawing upon unique experiences in West Africa, a great deal of the new ideas and fresh thinking began with our work as the Chief Prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, called the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The seminar will use, as a case study, the entire creative process in West Africa of establishing the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; from planning, preparation, and executing the many tasks necessary to prosecute war criminals in a forgotten and tragic land. Using real world and contemporary cases, vignettes, and scenarios this 2 credit hour seminar will give students a rare opportunity, to study and do research with the practitioner who created the entire prosecutorial plan to prosecute those who bore the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity that resulted in the murder, rape, maiming, and mutilation of over 1.2 million human beings.

Taught By:
David M. Crane

Criminal Defense Law Clinic (6 cr)
LAW 903
Student attorneys represent clients charged with misdemeanors and violations in Syracuse City Court. They engage in extensive fact investigation, interviewing, client counseling, and plea negotiations, and appear regularly in local courts. They also assist clients with civil matters related to the pending criminal charges.

Taught By:
Todd Berger

Bankruptcy Clinic (3 cr)
LAW 909
The pro bono bankruptcy clinic consists of a clinic open to second and third year students, and a pro bono volunteer program open to first year students. The upper division clinic students will representing an indigent client in filing a bankruptcy case, and will be in charge of the team supervising the first year student volunteers. The clinic students will be responsible for obtaining from the clients all of the information required by the Bankruptcy Code for filing a bankruptcy case, organizing that information, drafting the petition and schedules, and representing the client at the official meeting of creditors. Students will also address any legal issues that arise in the case. The class component will involve formal training basic consumer bankruptcy law and practice, and an open discussion of issues that arise in the cases.

Taught By:
Gregory Germain

Law in London: Clinical Internships (6 cr)
LAW 910
Students will spend the first week of the seven week program attending lectures by authorities in English law. This introduction to the English Legal System will prepare the students for their internships by providing an overview of the fundamental tenets of English law, with an emphasis on English legal institutions, court structure, the legal profession, and adjudicative procedure in both civil and criminal cases. Classes during this first week will meet for a minimum of 15 hours and will be supplemented by visits to one of the Inns of Court and the Houses of Parliament and by a guided tour of Legal London. Following this first week of classes, students will undertake six-week internships with barristers, solicitors, public agencies or other legal organizations, under the supervision of Syracuse University College of Law faculty. Internships are full-time jobs, and students are expected to work the normal hours at their placements.. During this six-week period these internship experiences are augmented by once-a-week, two-hour evening seminars conducted by the program faculty and cooperating English practitioners.

Taught By:
Aviva Abramovsky, Christian C. Day

Elder Law Clinic (6 cr)
Law 912
This clinical course will focus on representation of the elderly in a variety of substantive areas, with initial focus on administrative proceedings regarding public benefits, especially Medicaid. Students will have substantial opportunities to interview and counsel clients, conduct fact investigation, grapple with thorny ethical issues unique to elderly clients, and advocate for clients in a variety of settings, including in administrative proceedings. Students will have primary responsibility for their cases, under the guidance of the faculty member. There may be opportunities for collaboration with medical staff from the SUNY Upstate Geriatric Clinic and other professionals working with the elderly.

Taught By:
Mary Helen McNeal

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (3 cr)
LAW 914
The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic offers legal assistance to low income taxpayers who have controversies with the I.R.S. The controversies may include collection, examination, appeals or Tax Court matters. Student attorneys will also be involved in community outreach and education regarding income tax matters.

Taught By:
Robert Nassau

Externships (2 cr)
LAW 920
The Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to work with lawyers. The Program consists of a two credit seminar that meets once a week which discusses lawyering as a profession and a 2 or 3 credit externship placement where students work under the supervision of a lawyer in offices throughout Upstate NY.

Taught By:
Ann E. Pfeiffer

Externship Placement (2 cr)
LAW 921
This is a 2 or 3 credit externship placement where students work under the supervision of a lawyer in offices throughout Upstate NY.

Taught By:
Ann E. Pfeiffer

Securities Arbitration & Consumer Law Clinic (6 cr)
LAW 922
Provides legal assistance to small investors who have lost some or all of their investments as a result of improper conduct on the part of stockbrokers, investment advisors, securities firms, and mutual funds. Students enrolled in the SAC provide representation to eligible investors who are required to use the arbitration process for the resolution of their disputes.

Taught By:
Gary Pieples

Disability Rights Clinic (6 cr)
LAW 923
The Disability Rights Clinic is dedicated to providing representation to individuals and groups in our community who are unable to secure representation elsewhere. One reason DRC clients are unable to find other lawyers to represent them is due to their lack of financial resources. In our community, as elsewhere, the vast majority of lawyers provide legal assistance only to those who can afford to pay for their services. And in recent years, federal funding, the major source of funding for legal services for people with low or no incomes, has been reduced dramatically. A second reason DRC clients are unable to find lawyers elsewhere relates to the types of cases they may have which may involve controversial issues or conflicts of interest for other lawyers.

DRC student attorneys practice in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a broad range of civil rights matters, including race, gender, age and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, prisoners rights, immigration, accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and employment matters.

Taught By:
Michael A. Schwartz

Social and Economic Justice in South Africa (1 cr)
LAW 925
The week-long visit to South Africa will study the constitutional, economic, and social history of South Africa as it has moved from apartheid to a multi-racial republic. Students will visit the Constitutional Court; government agencies including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration; several townships and municipalities; and a historically Black and historically White University. The students will meet with Constitutional Court justices, government officials, and University faculty involved in social and economic justice issues and learn about the entrenched systemic poverty, racism, and injustice that is the legacy of apartheid, and the efforts including legislation, policies, and programs to reverse the effects of apartheid. Students will earn one credit. The grading will be based upon an 8-10 page paper researched before, during, and after the trip to South Africa. Papers may involve topics guided by the Constitutional Court justices regarding topics presently before the Court, or topics chosen by the students involving issues of community economic development law, constitutional law, and comparative law. There will be two one-hour class sessions scheduled before the trip and two one-hour class sessions scheduled after the trip. Applications for this course must be completed and approved before registration.

Taught By:
Deborah S. Kenn

Journal of International Law & Commerce (1 cr)
LAW 951
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
Thomas R. French

Law Review (1 cr)
LAW 952
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
Robin Paul Malloy

Moot Court (1 cr)
LAW 953
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
Lucille M. Rignanese

Community Development Law Clinic (6 cr)
LAW 955
The Community Development Law Clinic is one of only a handful of law school clinics nationwide which provide students the opportunity to represent not-for-profit housing and community organizations involved in affordable housing development and community economic development for people with low incomes. The Community Development Law Clinic was founded in 1988 with a grant from the United States Department of Education Clinical Legal Experience Program. Since 1989, Associate Professor Deborah Kenn has directed the Community Development Law Clinic, which upon the conclusion of the United States Department of Education grant in 1992, has been funded in full by the College of Law.

Taught By:
Deborah S. Kenn

Journal of Science and Technology Law (1 cr)
LAW 956
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
Lisa A. Dolak

Children's Rights and Family Law Clinic (6 cr)
LAW 957
This combined clinical offering is designed for students interested in developing legal skills in the area of children's rights and in handling various civil cases. Students will assist in cases pertaining to education, school disciplinary hearings, suspension hearings, children's access to public education and public housing. Students will also represent clients in court and in negotiations to enforce child and spousal support and on divorce and custody cases. Representation of the clients includes interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, negotiation settlements, appearing in court, and conducting hearings and trials. During the seminar, students will discuss the fundamentals of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and written and oral advocacy as well as the substantive areas of family and public interest law, public assistance, and social security.

Taught By:
Suzette M. Meléndez

Advanced Legal Research (3 cr)
LAW 959
Advanced Legal Research expands upon the foundation of research skills acquired in the first year. The course addresses effective research methods and strategies, examines the structural and theoretical underpinnings of traditional and automated research systems, and explores specialized areas of research such as legislative history, administrative law and non-legal resources. Students will have ample opportunities to refine research techniques through "hands on" practice sessions in the law library

Taught By:
Christine Demetros, Gregory Ewing

NIABA Journal (The Digest) (1 cr)
LAW 960
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
Robin Paul Malloy

Impunity Watch (1 cr)
LAW 980
Please contact the Office of Student Life for more information.

Taught By:
David M. Crane

Faculty Tutorial (2 cr)
LAW 990
Law of the Sea: This tutorial will explore the body of international law governing the sea. Maritime zones and navigation rights will be the principal focus of the course, with attention paid to international security and strategic issues. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a maritime delimitation exercise and a short policy paper. This tutorial has limited enrollment; students will be selected by professor.

Taught By:
Tara Helfman