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Course Descriptions-600 Level


Administrative Law
 

Administrative process, emphasizing nature of powers exercised by administrative agencies of government, problems of procedure, and scope of judicial review.

 
ADR in Employment Law
  This course will offer the student a comprehensive review of the subject with special emphasis on the extensive body of law that has developed in regulating employer-imposed arbitra tion.
 
Advanced Business Law: Valuing Real Estate
  This course will focus upon the valuation of interests in real property and closely-held businesses.
 
Advanced Criminal Procedure
 

Topics in criminal procedure, with emphasis on legal constraints on grand jury investigations, police practices, pretrial release, preliminary hearings, prosecutorial discretion, and plea bargaining.

 
Advanced Estate Planning
  This course will cover advanced estate planning and estate administration issues. Specifically, advanced valuation issues, marital deduction planning, fiduciary income tax, grantor trust income tax, issues relating to charitable trusts, and the generation skipping transfer tax. Estate Planning is a pre-requisite.
 
Adv Statutory Interpretation
  Much of contemporary law arises from statutes and administrative regulations, and the ability to research, interpret, and effectively argue about their meaning is essential to the practice of law. In this seminar, we will sharpen and refine those skills by critically examining the briefs and decisions in a group of state and federal cases that turn on the interpretation of statutes or administrative regulations.
 
American Indian Health Policy
  This course will expose students to multiple issues related to health policy in American Indian (AI) communities, including: · History and evolution of the Indian Health Service · Significant federal legislation that has influenced AI health programming · Sovereignty and Self-Determination in health programming · Health disparities and resource disparities · Cultural competence of the workforce · Integration of traditional AI medicine in health programs · Research Issues in AI communities · Environmental health and environmental justice in AI communities.
 
Analytical Methods for Lawyers
  This is a course modeled after a similar course recently developed by several faculty at Harvard Law School. The idea for this course (first offered in fall, 2005) is that (quoting one of these faculty): “In the legal world and beyond, analysis and argumentation are increasingly quantitative ... [law] students who lack quantitative background are acutely aware of the deficiency and readily enroll in courses that promise to demystify concepts and techniques that are clearly important to practicing attorneys.” My approach will be to tailor the course each semester to the level, interests, and needs of the enrolled students.
 
Animal Law
  The course will survey the growing field of animal law. Students will analyze laws affecting many types of animals including companion animals, farm animals, animals in laboratories, animals used for entertainment and wildlife in the contexts of constitutional, tort, criminal, administrative and contract law. The course will provide an overview of state and federal case law, regulations and statutes, focusing on Arizona Laws. Students will present a mock oral argument or other presentation replicating a court, legislative or administrative hearing, in class, using either a civil or criminal animal law case, regulation, statute, ordinance or proposed legislation.
 
Antitrust
 

Legislation and its implementation to prevent monopoly and business practices in restraint of trade, including restrictive agreements involving price-fixing, trade association activities, and resale price maintenance.

 
Appellate Advocacy
  This course is designed to give students exposure in Appellate Advocacy, including brief writing and oral argument.
 
Arizona Constitutional Law
  Examines the basic provisions of the Arizona Constitution and the judicial decisions interpreting those provisions.
 
Arizona Media Law
  This seminar draws together the academic and practical elements of media law, with a particular emphasis on translating constitutional theory into legal action in Arizona.
 
Aviation Law
  Aviation Law is a survey of aviation law, covering both domestic and international law.
 
Bioethics & Law
  Covers a range of issues relating primarily to human reproduction and life and death decisions.
 
Biotechnology: Science, Law & Policy
  This course will examine the legal, regulatory, scientific, policy and ethical aspects of biotechnology, focusing on genetically engineered plants and animals. Among the issues to be covered include an overview of the scientific methods for genetically engineering plants and animals, the risks and benefits of genetically modified (GM) crops and animals, the regulation of GM foods and other products, labeling of biotechnology products, regulatory issues relating to biopharmaceuticals, liability issues, intellectual property issues, antitrust and business law issues, contamination issues, the role of the public in GM decision, state and local regulation, international regulation, international trade, bioprospecting/biopiracy, and bioterrorism. The seminar be taught by a team of three instructors with extensive legal, scientific, ethical, and policy expertise in biotechnology.
 
Business Associations I
 

Partnerships, limited partnerships, and small business corporations. Includes a brief introduction to accounting. Detailed analysis of the problems of forming a close corporation, state law duties of care and loyalty, management, dividends and redemptions, issuance of stock, internal dispute resolution, dissolution, and the general law of derivative actions.

 
Business Associations II
  Interrelationship of federal and state law and a brief introduction to corporate finance (1933 Act). Broad overview of large company regulations including reporting rules, proxy regulation, insider trading, sale of control, tender offers and takeovers, and going private. Prerequisite: LAW 608.
 
Business Organizations
  Covers the primary forms of business organizations: partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.
 
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
  Covers the law and practice of reorganizing business entities under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
 
Civil Procedure II
  Civil Procedure II is a four-credit course that will focus on how lawyers use the Rules of Civil Procedure to litigate civil cases from initiation through the pre-trial stages.
 
Civil Rights Legislation
  Coverage of the rights and remedies provided by federal civil rights legislation, principally, the key provisions of the Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Acts, portions of the employment discrimination legislation, and voting rights legislation.
 
Commercial Real Estate Law & Practice
  A study of the legal principles governing commercial real estate transactions and their practical application by the practitioner, including purchases and sales, title insurance, secured financing, foreclosures and commercial leases.
 
Community Property
  Property rights of husband and wife; the Arizona community property system; homestead.
 
Conflicts of Law
  Problems arising when the operative facts of a case are connected with more than one state or nation. Choice of law, bases of jurisdiction, effect of foreign judgments, and underlying federal and constitutional issues.
 
Constitutional Law II
 

Fundamental protection for person, property, political, and social rights.

 
Constitutional Literacy
  This class is the academic complement to the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program in which law students, who have taken Constitutional Law II, teach constitutional law to high school students twice weekly through the semester. The class consists of open discussion of constitutional rights and cases, incorporating both current issues and hypothetical situations. Second- and third-year law students teach constitutional rights and responsibilities in public high schools, including a special curriculum on the history and future of democracy and the right to vote. Assessment is on a pass/fail basis consisting of attendance, participation, and presence and participation in the high school classes.
 
Construction Law
  This course will focus on construction, a special area of commercial litigation in which key issues related to drafting, evidence, pleadings, procedures, remedies, and insurance are often litigated in Arizona.
 
Controversy in Biotechnology
  This seminar will examine the interplay between research programs and IP/regulation.
 
Copyright Law
  Legal rights in original forms of human expression.
 
Copyright Practice
  This course is designed for students with an introductory background in the areas of intellectual property or commercial torts, and particularly for those who wish to practice in the areas of law associated with: entertainment (film, music, television, theater, live performance), publishing (book, software, video, on-line), visual art (painting, sculpture, lithography, photography, computer graphics), sports (professional, university, international, event-based), advertising (print, electronic) education (media production, teaching, library, distance education) or communications (print, radio, television, internet, cable, satellite).
 
Corporate Governance Law
  This course will examine the legal and regulatory aspects of corporate governance and the standards that the law expects directors to conform to.
 
Corporate Tax
 

Problems in taxability of the corporation, corporate distributions, and corporate reorganizations.

 
Criminal Procedure
 

Nature of the criminal procedural system with special focus on constitutional protections for the accused.

 
Death Penalty
  This course will survey the major constitutional and operational issues with respect to the death penalty in the United States.
 
Debtor-Creditor & Bankruptcy
  Creditors' remedies in satisfaction of claims and debtors' protection and relief under bankruptcy, other laws.
 
Decedents' Estates
 

Substantive concepts involved in transmitting wealth, including interstate succession, wills and will substitutes, the modern trust as a family protective device, creation of future interests in a planned estate, social restrictions of a nontax nature, and methods of devoting property to charitable purposes.

 
Employment Discrimination
  Focuses primarily on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
Employment Law
  Employment law topics including testing, privacy, OSHA, FLSA, benefits, worker's compensation, rights to compensation, workplace emotional injuries, termination, and sexual harassment.
 
Entertainment Law & Practice
  This course is designed to give students a look into the actual practice of entertainment law, and beyond, into the true role of lawyers in the modern entertainment world. We will discuss the basics of legal theory and practice thoroughly, but this will only be by way of introduction. We will spend much of our time deciphering the complex worlds of the various media and entertainment arenas, and discussion ways in which lawyers can and do drive the process, for good or ill. Students should leave the course having a strong sense of the area of entertainment practice in the trenches and an understanding of the legal issues involved in the evolution of our media-dominated world.
 
Environmental Law
  Litigation, administrative law, and legislation relating to problems of environmental quality. Topics covered may include air and water pollution, toxic substances, pesticides, and radiation.
 
Estate and Gift Tax
  Tax laws relating to transfer of wealth both at death and during lifetime, including federal estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of estates and trusts.
 
Evidence
 

Principles and practice governing the competency of witnesses and presentation of evidence, including the rules of exclusion and roles of lawyer, judge, and jury under the adversary system.

 
Family Law
  Legal and nonlegal problems that an individual may encounter because of a situation as a family member.
 
FDA Regulation
  This course will examine the regulation of drugs, medical devices, and biologics (e.g., vaccines) by the Food and Drug Administration. These categories of products are the primary products of the emerging biotechnology and genomics industry, as well as the traditional pharmaceutical industry, and therefore is critical for students who are interested in representing life science companies or medical research institutions. The course will be taught by a team of three instructors will extensive real-world experience in FDA regulation, and will also include several guest speakers.
 
Federal Courts
 

Federal judicial system; relationship of federal and state law; jurisdiction of federal courts and their relation to state courts.

 
Federal Crimes
  This is an advanced course dealing with the work of the federal courts in relation to criminal matters.
 
Federal Criminal Practice & Procedure
  This is a clinical class that teaches fundamental federal practice and procedure. The paradigm uses a simulated federal criminal case. Half of the class will act as prosecutors throughout the class; the other half, of course, will be defense attorneys. The case will begin with the arrest of the defendant, and culminate in a trial at the end of the semster. We will separately simulate federal sentencing procedures. This is a hands-on class intended to get students on their feet. Attendance and class participation is required.
 
Federal Estate & Gift Tax
  This course will concentrate on issues regarding the taxation of decedent's estates on the federal level and the taxation of inter-vivos transfers.
 
Federal Income Tax
  Federal income tax in relation to concepts of income, property arrangement, business activity, and current tax problems, with focus on the process of tax legislation and administration.
 
Federal Indian Law I
  Inquiry into legal problems special to American Indians and tribes.
 
Federal Indian Law II
  This course will focus on Native American land and resources issues, including treaty rights, property rights, water rights, natural resources development, and environmental issues in Indian Country.
 
Genetics & the Law
  Many commentators predict that the 21st Century will be the Century of the Genome, in which advances in genetic technology will fundamentally transform society, the economy, and our day-to-day lives. Already, advances in genetic sciences are having a substantial impact on diverse areas such as criminal law, health care, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. The legal system is increasingly being called upon to address issues related to genetics, and many legislators, judges, regulators, and practicing attorneys are scrambling to learn about the new legal problems and opportunities created by advances in genetic sciences. This course will provide students with background on genetics and recent genetic advances, and it will address the legal consequences and issues associated with such advances. Specific legal topics that will be covered include forensic uses of DNA, genetic privacy and confidentiality, genetic discrimination in employment and insurance, genetic testing in the workplace, genetic screening, gene therapy and genetic enhancement, pharmacogenomics, stem cell and tissue culture research, cloning, and patenting and licensing of genetic technology. No prior study or knowledge of genetics or molecular biology is required. The readings will include materials presenting the fundamental ideas of modern genetics.
 
Great Traditions in Jurisprudence
  The purpose of this course is to consider the ‘great traditions’ of jurisprudence. For the purposes of this course, what this phrase connotes is investigation of the history and conceptual ramifications of what is now often taken to be the most fundamental antithesis in the conception of law and legal systems: must law necessarily be understood in terms of the attempt to capture some conception of ‘natural’ justice and morality; or is law simply a certain sort of human social convention, which finds in expression in temporally and culturally diverse forms and which stands in no necessary relation to any system of morality. The former kind of view, of which there are many variations, is the natural law tradition of jurisprudence; the latter, of which there are equally numerous variations, is the legal positivism tradition of jurisprudence. Beginning with Greek and Roman antiquity, we shall examine the historical roots of this question and the historical background of contemporary jurisprudential doctrine. The course will consider relevant historical material up to and including the jurisprudence of William Blackstone and John Austin in the late-18th and early -19th centuries.
 
Health Law
 

Introduces health law.

 
Homeland Security
  The course will provide a comprehensive overview of homeland security law.
 
Indian Law & Taxation
  This course deals with issues of federal, state, and tribal taxation within Indian country. The course will survey the leading cases, statutes and administrative rulings. Transactional problems and tax planning opportunities will also be discussed.
Federal Indian Law I is a prerequisite to this course. Federal Indian Law I provides a general background for the concepts of sovereignty and federal preemption that are more fully developed in this course as specifically applied to tax issues. This course will apply the general concepts to situations that frequently arise for Indian law practioners.
 
Insurance Law
  This course is intended as an introduction to insurance law principles. The class will explore various types of insurance coverage including fire and property insurance, life, health and disability insurance, liability insurance, automobile insurance, and the coordination of multiple coverages. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the policy forms and significant issues that arise in these insurance policy contexts. The course is designed to be broad based in its scope of inquiry.
 
Intellectual Property
  This course will survey the laws conventionally grouped as “intellectual property,” with a focus on patents, copyrights, and trademarks. The policy rationales for each body of law will be explored. The course will be particularly relevant for two types of students: (i) those who are unsure they want to specialize in IP and want a general introduction, and (ii) those who do not have room in the schedules to take all of the upper-level offerings here at ASU. The course is not appropriate for students that have already taken the upper level courses in Copyright, Trademark, and Patents and students who have taken these offerings may be withdrawn.
 
Intellectual Property in Cyberspace
  This course will consider how our thinking about intellectual property is being transformed by the advent of digital technologies.
 
Intellectual Property Portfolio Management
 

Technology opportunities arise in diverse areas. Information systems, telecommunications, biotechnology and electronics are only a few of the major areas where technology has made a major impact in the last few years. To exploit these opportunities requires the joint efforts of both business and legal interests. Business provides the strategies and initiatives to commercialize and optimize an innovation’s potential while legal seeks to protect and consolidate gains. This rough sketch of business/law dynamics in the technology sector forms the core of this course.

Lawyers in the e-commerce and technology sectors must be prepared to deal with questions of intellectual property portfolio management. This course exposes students, steeped in intellectual property law, to important client business strategies. Among the issues covered will be the legal and economic strategies behind: (i) technology acquisition; (ii) investment, creation and protection of intellectual property assets; (iii) licensing, partnership, joint venture, and divestment strategies; and (iv) technology life-cycle and revenue stream strategies. In addition to these overall strategies, the course will examine: (i) intellectual property audits; (ii) valuation methods; (iii) offensive and defensive uses of intellectual property; and (iv) the role of the attorney in all of these areas.

The course is centered around traditional business school case-studies. M.B.A. and J.D. students will work together in assigned groups to prepare written and oral presentations that explore business and legal issues raised by the assigned case studies. Depending on the number of students enrolled, students should expect to prepare and present 2-4 case-studies a semester. In addition to the case-study presentation, students are expected and will be required to be active participants before and during the presentations. A final take-home examination will also be given.

Finally, although there are no prerequisites, students are STRONGLY encouraged to have taken intellectual property courses prior to enrolling in this class. Those students without a background in intellectual property may take the course but will be expected to do extra work outside of class to keep up with the subject matter.

 
International Business Transactions
 

An introduction to the U.S., foreign and international law regulating cross-border business transactions and to the structure of cross-border business deals. Topics include: regulation of imports and exports of goods and services; foreign direct investment; international corporate formation, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations; international protection of intellectual property; international employment law issues; cross-border lending; international antitrust; and international dispute resolution options. Because international transactions are becoming an increasingly important part of every kind of transactional and administrative law, this course should prove useful to most students who intend to practice in any field of corporate, commercial, or regulatory law.

 
International Contracts
  This course will explore the laws applicable to international contractual relations, focusing heavily on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
 
International Income Tax
  The course will analyze the income tax law of the United States as it relates to the taxation of international transactions, including the role of income tax treaties to which the United States is a party, with emphasis on U.S. jurisdictional issues, taxation of foreign investments into the United States, the foreign tax credit, transfer pricing, taxation of transfers to foreign affiliates, and anti-deferral mechanism such as the controlled foreign corporation regime.
 
International Intellectual Property
  This course will consider patents, copyrights, and trademarks (as well as more specialized topics like geographic indications – why you can’t call your blue cheese “Roquefort” any more) under international law and the major international treaties – the Berne and Paris Conventions, the TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement, and NAFTA. We will also consider international enforcement and remedies.
 
International Institutions & Global Governance
  This course examines how the international community organizes its responses to global problems. These responses may include creating and applying rules of international law, but they frequently involve forms of “soft law.” Concrete operational activities like development aid and weapons monitoring are also essential, and often embody norms. Formal organizations like the UN and World Trade Organization, informal bodies like the G-8 and Basle Committee, and non-governmental organizations like Amnesty International and the International Chamber of Commerce are all major players. In addition, public-private partnerships are increasingly used to address serious problems. We will consider the structure and workings of these institutions in three ways: in general, using insights from international relations theory; through the study of specific institutions; and through case studies of issues such as corruption, organized crime, labor rights, global health, poverty alleviation and weapons of mass destruction.
 
International Law & Politics
  This course will focus on familiarizing students with the sources, methodology, and major doctrines of international law with an emphasis on understanding the workings of those laws in the international and domestic arenas.
 
International Trade & Tax
  This course examines business and investment transactions by foreigners in the U.S. and U.S. individuals and corporations in other countries.
 
Introduction to E-Commerce
  This course examines commercial activity on the Internet and the unique (and at times not so unique) legal problems these initiatives face.
 
Introduction to English Legal History
  The course will focus on the creation of the Common Law as a legal system during the 12th and 13th centuries and on its subsequent development down to the 17th century.
 
Judicial Remedies
 

This course canvasses the types of remedies a plaintiff may be awarded in connection with civil wrongs.

 
Jurisprudence
  Introduces legal philosophy, with readings on the nature of law and legal reasoning, the relationship between law and morality and equality and social justice.
 
Jurisprudence: Morality, Religion, and Criminal Law
  This seminar will explore the nature and legitimacy of moral judgments in answering various questions about the criminal law--e.g., what to criminalize?, what culpability conditions to require?, what defenses to allow?, what punishments to approve?, etc. It will also explore the degree to which, if at all, some concepts often thought of as religious in nature may legitimately play a role in criminal law. For example: The concepts of remorse, repentance, penance, and atonement are often regarded as concepts that have their primary home in religion. (Kierkegaard called them "emisaries from eternity.") Our system of criminal law, however, is generally regarded as a secular system and required to be so by the US Constitution. What, then, about the view held by many that sincere remorse and repentance might be relevant in sentence reduction? And what about the religious claim that we should love our neighbor as ourselves (agape)? Is there any way that such a concept of love could be integrated into criminal law--an institution that, at least on the surface, seems about as unloving an institution as one could imagine. Do the virtues of forgiveness and mercy have any legitimate role in criminal law?
 
Juvenile Justice
 

Special problems in the juvenile system.

 
Land Use Planning
  Legal problems in the regulation and control of land development by state and local governments. Administration of zoning, subdivision, and other planning controls; issues of fairness and procedure in the utilization of such controls.
 
Law & Literature: Philosophy in Literature
 

This course will explore works of literature--novels, short stories, plays, etc.--that raise important issues of law and justice. The primary emphasis will be on the issues of punishment, responsibility, forgiveness, and mercy. The course will begin with a discussion of Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor. (This novella was left unfinished at Melville's death, and many versions have been published. For this course, it is important that the student have an edition that uses the reading text prepared by Hayford and Sealts.) After Melville, we will discuss such ancient texts as the Book of Job and Greek tragedies ("The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.") and will conclude with contemporary literature. Some of the writers that have been covered in the past: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Plato, Augustine, Shakespeare, von Kleist, Melville, Dostoevsky, Camus, Duerrenmatt, Doctorow.

 
Law, Litigation, & Science
  Fills a gap in the education of most lawyers, namely, how to effectively think about and use empirical evidence.
 
Law of the European Union
  This three-credit course is designed as a general overview of the legal system of the European Union. The European Union is a complex set of legal and political institutions which today brings together 25 European countries (and growing). In the first part of the course we will look at the major institutions and decision-making procedures of the EU. Here the course will focus on the constitutional architecture of the Union, and study its evolution and the special challenges of European integration and enlargement. We will then turn to the European Court of Justice, the system of judicial remedies, and the federalizing doctrines of direct effect, supremacy and fundamental rights. Finally we will study the law of the free movement of goods, and examine how the Treaty provisions on free movement operate both to limit the exercise of state power and to confer extensive regulatory powers upon the EU. This course should be of particular interest to students interested in issues of federalism, comparative law, international law, or trade.
 
Legal Statistics
 

This course provides an introduction to the methods of probability and statistics most commonly applied in administrative and judicial proceedings. It will describe the basic methods of statistics (sampling, univariate analysis, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance) and the essential concepts of statistical thought (probability distributions, controlled experimentation, estimation, hypothesis testing, and decision theory). Connections to legal proof and doctrine will be drawn, but the emphasis will be on methodology and analytical tools. The goal is not to turn law students into statisticians but to enable them to be statistically literate consumers of quantitative information generated by economists, biomedical researchers, psychologists, statisticians, survey researchers, and other experts. The textbook is will be Prove It with Figures: Empirical Methods in Law and Litigation (1997) by Hans Zeisel and David Kaye, supplemented with legal materials and statistics teaching modules on the Internet. Calculus is not required, and students who have studied statistical methods at an advanced level are discouraged from enrolling. Problem sets will be due periodically, and a final examination will be used to assess mastery of pertinent statistical methods and legal concepts.

 
Legislation
  Legislation is a “skills” course. It should be useful to those who eventually become involved in legislative or regulatory drafting or lobbying; to future judges or members of their staffs, as they examine the meaning and validity of statutes and regulations; to transactional lawyers, who will need to advise their clients on the risks and objectives of legislative undertakings and predict for their clients what courts may do; and, of course to litigators, who will regularly argue points of statutory meaning and validity to the courts.
 
Licensing
 

This clinical seminar will explore--in the most practical and applied terms--how to strategize, structure, negotiate and document transactions involving intangible property.

 
Mass Tort Litigation
  Examines unique procedural and substantive issues that arise in mass tort litigation.
 
Minority Rights
 

This course will focus on attempts to protect the rights of minorities, indigenous peoples, and women through international law.

 
National Security Law
  This course exposes students, steeped in intellectual property law, to important client business strategies. Among the issues covered will be the legal and economic strategies behind: (i) technology acquisition; (ii) investment, creation and protection of intellectual property assets; (iii) licensing, partnership, joint venture, and divestment strategies; and (iv) technology life-cycle and revenue stream strategies. In addition to these overall strategies, the course will examine: (i) intellectual property audits; (ii) valuation methods; (iii) offensive and defensive uses of intellectual property; and (iv) the role of the attorney in all of these areas.
 
Natural Resources Law
  Examines the constitutional basis for federal land management and the different kinds of public lands management schemes (e.g., parks, forests, wildlife refuges), emphasizing acquisition of right to, and regulation of, the different uses of public lands and resources (e.g., mining, grazing, timber, wildlife habitat, recreation).
 
Patent Law
  In-depth examination of substantive patent law as it applies to the commercialization and enforcement of patent rights.
 
Patent Litigation
  Increasingly, disputes arise over patent rights, and these disputes frequently lead to litigation. This course will explore the nature of patent disputes ---- how they arise, the issues involved, and how they are resolved. Students will follow an example of a patent dispute from its inception to its resolution. Topics to be covered include (a) initial communications that frame the dispute, such as license demands, cease and desist letters and responsive communications; (b) pre-litigation investigation to provide sufficient grounds for asserting a patent infringement claim; (c) pre-suit negotiations to attempt to resolve the dispute; (d) alternative dispute resolution options; (e) preparation of a patent infringement complaint; (f) defenses to patent infringement; (g) written discovery, including electronic discovery, applicable to patent infringement cases; (h) depositions in patent infringement cases; (i) preparation for a Markman hearing in which the Court will decide the meaning of the patent claims alleged to have been infringed; (j) circumstances warranting a motion for summary judgment; and (k) trial strategy. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of patent law. Accordingly, the course will provide an overview of patent law issues relevant to patent disputes. Prior completion of, and/or concurrent enrollment in, Civil Procedure is strongly preferred. Prior completion of, and/or concurrent enrollment in Evidence and/or an introductory course addressing patent law is desirable, but not required.
 
Patent Preparation & Prosecution
  The course is targeted at teaching the fundamental knowledge and skills required for preparing patent applications for filing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and pursuing them to issuance. The patent practitioner attorney must be prepared to interview the inventor, learn the technology, and prepare the patent application. Further, the patent practitioner negotiates with the examiner and prosecutes the application. Clients expect the practitioner to provide useful counsel on how to pursue the application, options for appealing or otherwise overcoming adverse decisions, and protect the technology from domestic and foreign competition. The course is designed to train the patent practitioner to understand the patent options for various technologies, clients, and situations. Students learn the basics of drafting patent applications, pursuing the patent application through the PTO process, meeting adverse decisions from the PTO, and maintaining the issued patent. The course also addresses anticipating litigation issues, creating chains of patents to protect developing technologies, and protecting patents abroad.
 
Payments & Credit
  This course deals with the law of credit obligations and payment devices -- e.g., checks, notes, electronic fund transfers, debit and credit card transactions, and the rights and duties of banks and their customers with respect to transactions using these instruments. It explains the obligations of parties to such transactions; how such obligations may be enforced; what rights exist when errors and mistakes occur; and how the law treats losses from fraud and forgery.
 
Perspectives on Prosecution
  A study of prosecutorial discretion, from initiation of charges to sentencing and final judgment. The course will cover the role of the prosecutor in the criminal justice system; the charging process; preliminary hearings vs. use of the grand jury; pleas and plea bargaining; withdrawal of guilty pleas; and sentence and judgment.
 
Private Property Rights
  Explores the conflict between property rights and the right of the government to acquire private property for public use.
 
Professional Responsibility
 

Emphasizes the Model Rules and Model Code that govern the professional responsibility of lawyers and their interpretation and application.

 
Public Health Law
  In contradistinction to health law (see course description for that subject), which deals primarily with the law governing the clinical, organizational and financial aspects of personal medical services, public health law addresses the relationship between the state and the population's health. Accordingly it focuses on the various collective actions that society takes in the interest of preserving or protecting the health of its citizens, including, but not limited to, health improvements through medical care.
 
Public International Law
  Role of law in international disputes. Considers drafting and interpretation of treaties and multilateral conventions.
 
Research Methods in International Law
 

International legal research, whether for professional or academic purposes, relies on materials and methods that are quite different from those required for domestic legal research. In particular, primary historical, governmental, journalistic, and live interview sources provide much of the source material for research in this field. This workshop will offer an introduction to methods of researching public international law in the library and through public sources (including FOIA requests), foreign source materials, personal interviews and online resources.

 
Sales & Leases of Goods
  This course studies transactions involving the sale, leasing, and licensing of goods. This is a specialized area of contract law governed largely by the Uniform Commercial Code and other statutes.
 
Scientific Evidence
  Scientific Evidence examines the legal principles governing the use of scientific evidence in civil and criminal litigation. It also describes the basic scientific underpinnings of expert testimony from the physical, biological, medical, and behavioral sciences. The textbook is Science in Evidence (Anderson Publishing Co., 1997) (and supplement) by David Kaye.
 
Secured Transactions
 

Secured transactions under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other relevant sections. Overview of the creation, perfection, and priority effects of security interests. Financing of business enterprise and consumer credit.

 
Securities Regulation
  Selected problems arising under the major statutes concerned with regulating the securities market.
 
Tax Controversies
  This course will focus on Federal income tax procedures and practice. It will examine the process by which taxes are determined, reported, assessed, challenged, adjudicated, and collected. It will focus on the duties of the taxpayer, internal processes at the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayer interactions with the IRS leading up to a final determination of income taxes owed, avenues for challenging a final determination, and collection practices. We will study the relevant Internal Revenue Code provisions, Treasury regulations, and cases. This course is useful to any student who plans to give tax advice to clients or to represent clients in tax controversies.
 
Tax, Practice & Procedure
  This course will focus on federal income tax procedure and practice.
 
Taxation of Business Entities
  This course examines the federal income tax treatment of business entities and their stakeholders, including primarily corporations and their shareholders, arising from various transactions including transfers to controlled corporations, distributions, redemptions, liquidations, and acquisitive reorganizations.
 
Trademarks & Unfair Competition Law
  This course will focus on the specific principles and practice of protecting trade identity under U.S. trademark and unfair competition laws.
 
Transnational Commercial Law
  The course will examine legal problems encountered by parties engaging in international commerce and the evolution of a transnational commercial law.
 
Trust Law
  The Trust Law course will provide an overview and in depth coverage of the law of trusts.
 
Water Law
 

Acquisition of water rights; water use controls; interstate conflicts.

 
White Collar Crime
  Examines the ways in which white collar crime is prosecuted, principally in the federal system.