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1L

Civil Procedure II #6015

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Corporations #6012

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International Law - 1L #6011

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Legal Research and Writing #6003

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    In Spring this is combined with Statutory Interpretation for 3 credits total. Preparation of memoranda and briefs with tutorial instruction in legal research, analysis and writing. Use of law library for research.

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Perspectives 1L #6010

Property #6004

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    The assignment for the the first day is:

    Johnson v. M’Intosh, pp. 3-18, Dukeminier text.

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Property #6004

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    Required texts:

     

    (1)   Freyfogle & Karkkainen, Property Law: Power, Governance, and the Common Good (West, 2012)

     

    (2)   Supplemental materials on course TWEN site

     

    First assignment:

     

    Acquisition of Property Interests: Capture.

    Pierson v. Post; Liesner v. Wanie; Dapson v. Daly, pp. 1-15 in casebook

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Property #6004

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    Advance Assignment Property 2015

     

    I. An Introduction to Some Fundamentals, DK 1

    A. Sovereignty, First in Time, Acquiring Property by Discovery, Capture, and Creation

    Discovery: Week 1 (2 classes)

    1.  Read “What Should Go Into Your Brief ?” This is posted on TWEN under Course Materials

    2.  Johnson v. M’Intosh, DK[1] 3–10

    3.  Prepare to brief Johnson v. M’Intosh in the way suggested in “What Should Go Into Your Brief?”

    4.  We are going to start the briefing process together in class.  While you are getting ready for it, look up every new term you meet.



    [1] This is our casebook.  See the syllabus for the course.

  • URL: TWEN
  • URL: Course Reserves
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Statutory Interpretation #6003

Clinics

Bankruptcy #7092

Civil Rights Enforcement #6117

Community Practice and Policy Development #7750

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    Fall 3 credits, Spring 1 credit

Detainee Rights #7844

Housing Law #7246

Immigration and Human Rights #7842

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    The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represents persons seeking asylum in the United States, as well as immigrant detainees at removal hearings in U.S. Immigration Court. This clinic, which is part of the Center for New Americans, provides students with extensive client contact, legal writing, and courtroom advocacy experience. Students receive frequent and detailed feedback on all of their clinic work.

    As part of their representation of asylum-seekers, students interview and counsel their clients on a regular basis, research conditions in the countries where their clients suffered persecution, write briefs and participate in hearings at U.S. Immigration Court. Depending on the resolution of their case at the trial level, students will write appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Students also represent immigrant detainees at hearings in Immigration Court to determine if they have defenses to deportation. Students also work on public policy and community outreach projects which bring them into contact with immigrant rights groups at the state and national level. As a result of their work in the clinic, students learn about U.S. immigration law and policy and participate in the Center for New Americans’ innovative strategies for improving the lives of immigrants through strategic litigation, well-informed public policy, and community outreach and education.

    The clinic is a year-long course open to second and third-year students, beginning in the fall semester each year. Enrollment is generally limited to eight students. Please contact Professor Stephen Meili at smeili@umn.edu (612-626-3972) with any questions.

Indian Child Welfare #7098

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    Fall 4 credits, Spring 3 credits

Insurance Law #7008

Robins, Kaplan Civil Practice Clinic #7000

Workers' Rights #7015

Seminars

Agriculture & the Environment Seminar #6709

Art and Science of Appellate Advocacy #6848

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    With the understanding that there are both artistic and and scientific aspects to making an effective appeal, retired Justice Anderson will draw upon over two decades of experience as an appellate judge to provide instruction on the analysis of the appellate decision-making process, the basis of perfecting an effective appeal, and practical oral and written experience in making an appeal. Prerequisites: Some knowledge of civil and criminal procedure helpful, but not necessary.
  • URL: Course Reserves
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Corporate Counsel #6830

Cyber-Security: Spies, Lies and Prying Eyes #6832

  • Adj. Professor Emily Duke (eeduke@umn.edu),
  • Adj. Professor Jerrod Montoya
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    The first class assignment will be as follows:

     

    ·         Read Preface, and Chapters 1 and 5 of Googling Security: How Much Does Google Know About You? By Greg Conti (Addison-Wesley Professional 2008)(available for approx.. $27 as e-book on Amazon.com);



    ·         “The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy,”  114 Columbia Law Review 583, Daniel J. Solove and Woodrow Hartzog (April 2014).  Free download available at http://columbialawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Solove-Hartzog.pdf; and



    ·         Review pages 69-105 of “A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security” Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Gray Pant Mooty (June 2014).  Free download available at http://mn.gov/deed/images/ALegalGuideToPRIVACYANDDATASECURITY.pdf

  • URL: TWEN
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E-Discovery #6714

Estate Planning and Drafting #6817

Human Trafficking #6046

Humphrey Law Seminar #6017

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    Spring 2015 – Humphrey Seminar: Human Rights, Leadership & the Rule of Law

     

    Weekly Course Session Content & Homework

     

    All readings are available online through the 2014-15 HHH Year folder on Google Drive.  All homework will be due on the day under which it is listed.

     

    Course Sessions:

    Monday: 11:15 am – 1:15 pm;

    10:30 required logistics session begins in February

    Room 473

     

    Tuesday: 12:15 – 1:15 pm

    Room 65

    *Some required professional development sessions held Tuesday mornings.

     

     

    DATE/TOPIC

     

     

     

    Session Description and Homework

     

    Week 1

     

    Institutional and Community Leadership: Introduction, Part 1

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1/20/2015 — Education and Collaborative Leadership

    We will discuss human rights education as a tool for empowering and inspiring human rights movements.  Skills discussed will include: facilitation, creative and engaging teaching methodologies, and encouraging a non-hierarchical learning environment.  This session will prepare Fellows for their Human Rights Workshops in Spring Semester.

     

    HOMEWORK: The Human Rights Education Handbook: Effective Practices for Learning, Action, and Change, Human Rights Resource Center, University of Minnesota -  Review Parts II (A-E), III (C), V(A-D), VI(A), and Index of Methods, Techniques and Activities (A – Methods for Human Rights Education).

     

    Week 2

     

    Institutional and Community Leadership: Introduction, Part 2

     

    NOTE: There will be an opportunity to attend the Minnesota Human Trafficking Taskforce on Monday, January 27th in the morning.

     

     

    1/26/2015 — Stories of Human Rights Leadership: Law School Dean David Wippman

     

    HOMEWORK: Finding Your True North, Exercise 7.1, Building My Support Team

    1/27/2015 — Vanessa Fusco Nogueira Simoes – Challenges to Protecting Children Online: A Brazilian Perspective [9:30 am – 11:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

    1/28/2015 — Presentation Skills Training - Dorsey and Whitney Law Firm (8:15  – 11:30 am)

    HOMEWORK: Complete Presentation Planning Assignment sent to you by email

    Week 3

     

    Institutional and Community Leadership: Intersectionality, Part 1

     

    How do we, as leaders, work with the most marginalized in our communities?

    2/2/2015 — Stories of Human Rights Leadership: LGBTI Rights – Trans 101 and a Discussion of CeCe McDonald [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class] 

     

    HOMEWORK: Complete Gender Expression Survey sent to you by email; Watch: trailer for the documentary Free Cece - http://www.freececedocumentary.net/promotional-trailer.html

    2/3/2015 — Aneeta Aahooja – Culture and Child Exploitation

    Week 4

     

    Research and Leadership: Gathering Facts to Shape Decisions, Part 1

     

    NOTE: There will be an opportunity to attend the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee in the morning on Tuesday, February 10th.

     

     

    2/9/2015 — Stories of Human Rights Leadership: Professor James Ron [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class] 

     

    HOMEWORK: Who Trusts Local Human Rights Organizations? Evidence from Three World Regions, Ron and Crow; Activist Culture and Transnational Diffusion: Social Marketing and Human Rights Groups in Russia, Mendelson and Gerber

     

    2/10/2015 — Vered Windman – Corporal Punishment as a Violation of Children’s Rights in Israel

     

    2/10/2015 — Leave for Arizona Immigration Study Trip  

    Week 5

     

    Research and Leadership: Gathering Facts to Shape Decisions, Part 2

     

    2/16/2015 — Return from Arizona Immigration Study Trip

     

    2/17/2015 — Abalo Assih – Police and Human Rights Issues in Togo

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class] 

     

    Week 6

     

    Institutional and Community Leadership: Intersectionality, Part 2

     

    How do we, as leaders, work with the most marginalized in our communities?

     

    2/23/2015 — Film: Slavery by Another Name

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    2/24/2015 — Stories of Human Rights Leadership: Race, Class, and Place Disparities in Minnesota

     

     

    Week 7

     

    Institutional Leadership to International Leadership – Case Study: Prisons, Jails, and the International Community

     

     

     

     

     

    3/2/2015 — Human Rights in Prisons and Jails: Kathya Cibelle (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

    [11:15 am Logistics session will follow this class]

     

    3/2/2015 — Marcela Sanchez-Buitrago – Diversity, Intersectionality, and Human Rights (11:45 am – 1:15 pm)

     

    3/3/2015 — Skills Session: Project Management, Day 1 (9:00 am – 11:30 am)

     

    3/3/2015 — Dong Nguyen – Viet Nam and US: Ties that Bind (12:15 pm – 1:15 pm)

    Week 8

     

    Project Management

     

     

     

    3/9/2015 —  Presentation by Community Policy Students on Trafficking Research (11:15 am – 12:00 pm) [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    3/9/2015 — Hussein El Hajj and Lhouceine Aamar – Human Rights and Immigration (12:15 – 1:15 pm)

     

    3/10/2015 — Skills Session: Project Management, Day 2 (9:00 am – 11:30 am)

     

    3/10/2015 — Athar Waheed – Terror Victimity: Its Consquences

     

    **The week of March 16th is Spring Break – Please continue to work on your Project Management projects during Break.

     

    Week 9

     

    International Leadership: Optional Class on Prisoners of War

     

     

    3/23/2015 — Optional Class: Viewing of the film, Colditz in relation to POW status and protections

     

    3/24/2015 — No Class

    Week 10

     

    Project Management

     

     

    3/30/2015 — Skills Session: Project Management, Day 3 (11:15 am – 1:15 pm)

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    3/31/2015 — Skills Session: Project Management, Day 4 (9:00 am – 11:30 am)

    ** Final project outlines are due today

     

    3/31/2015 — Fasoha – Role of National Human Rights Bodies in Advancing Human Rights (12:15 pm – 1:15 pm)

     


     

    Week 11

     

    International Leadership: Women and War

     

    4/6/2015 — Film: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (12:15 pm – 2:00 pm)

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    4/7/2015 — Skills Session: Fundraising (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

     

    4/7/2015 — Shiran Gooneratne – Adoption and Integration of Human Rights Treaties in Commonwealth Countries (12:15 pm – 1:15 pm)

     

    4/7/2015 — Debrief with IHL Class on Pray the Devil Back to Hell – Gendered Harm in Armed Conflict

     

     

    Week 12

     

    International Leadership: Conclusion of 4 I’s Series

     

    Duluth Field Visit

     

    4/13/2015 — Special Guest: Tony Fernandes, African Director, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US Department of State

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    4/14/2015 — Lourens Grové – Human Rights in Cyberspace

     

    4/16/2015 – 4/19/2015 – Duluth Field Visit and Year End Retreat

    Week 13

     

    Fellow-planned Closing Activities

     

    Course Evaluation

     

     

    4/20/2015 — Open for Fellow-planned Activities

    [10:30 am Logistics session will precede this class]

     

    4/21/2015 — Transnational Organized Crime: Human Rights Implications

     

    Week 14

     

    Graduation

     

     

     

     

    4/27/2015 — Graduation

     

    4/29/2015 — Last Class – Reflection Activities – TBD

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Intellectual Property Transactions #5707

Intellectual Property Transactions #6707

Law and Economics: Hot Topics #6865

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    This seminar will cover issues in health care, financial regulation, insurance regulation and pensions. Leading scholars in each of these fields will present their papers.
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Sex Discrimination Seminar #6866

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    All of the class readings are in the course packet, which is available for downloading from the course TWEN site.  For the first class meeting, please read the material listed under “1. Introduction.”

  • URL: TWEN
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Topics in Law: Legal Decision Making in Practice #6790

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    This course will explore theories which describe, rather than prescribe, judicial reasoning and decision making. The course begins with an overall study of some of the most well-known, normative theories of legal decision making by e.g. Hans Kelsen, Alf Ross, H L A Hart and Ronald Dworkin, and analyze their (in)capacity to describe legal decision making in practice. We will then study and analyze theories which have been created with the specific aim to describe how judges interpret legal rules and make their decisions in reality (e.g. theories created by Jerome Frank, Karl Llewellyn, Richard Posner, Steven L. Winter, Larry Alexander & Emily Sherwin, Dan Simon and Minna Graens). After this we will explore theories describing how judges and juries evaluate the evidence, presented at court. Most of the descriptive theories are connected with research in cognitive psychology considering how human beings process information and solve problems. We will therefore explore some cognitive psychological theories in more details, such as the theory of bounded rationality and how various forms of biases affect our reasoning in legal contexts.

  • URL: TWEN
  • URL: Course Reserves
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2L/3L

Advanced Patents #6248

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    The syllabus is also on TWEN. The entire semester's worth of assignments is on the syllabus.
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Advanced Trial Practice #6628

Environmental and Energy Justice Capstone #6412

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Environmental Law Capstone Course: Brownfields Redevelopment and Litigation #6403

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    Prior to the first day of class, please review carefully the syllabus posted on the TWEN site, complete the reading for the first class, and  post your questions and comments (per the syllabus) on the TWEN Discussion page prior to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

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Family Law #6604

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    Jill Elaine Hasday, Family Law Reimagined (Harvard University Press 2014) is an assigned text for this course.  All of the other class readings are in the course packet, which is available for downloading from the course TWEN site.

     

    For the first day of class, you should read the material listed under “Marriage and Parenthood in the Liberal and Republican Traditions—Part One: The Family in the Liberal and Republican Traditions (Class Hour 1).”  This includes the excerpts from Norton and Walzer.

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Financial Regulation #6061

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    The assignment for the first day is:

    *Saunders and Cornett ch. 1 pp. 2-21 (available in digital pack)
    *Jackson, 332-39 (available on TWEN)
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Human Trafficking #6047

Insurance #6214

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    The first assignment is pages 1-30 in Abraham and Schwarcz, Insurance Law and Regulation (6th Ed.).
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International Intellectual Property #6609

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    The syllabus is also on TWEN. The entire semester's worth of assignments is on the syllabus.
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International Law #6071

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International Tax #6627

Laws of War #6889

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    First class required reading:

    • Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars (any edition), Ch. 1.
    • Gary Solis, The Law of Armed Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2010) Chapter 1, pp 3-27
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Leadership and Law - LL.M.s #6019

Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (LSEJ) #6904

  • Adj. Professor Diane Dube (BIO)
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    There will be 3 seats available for U of MN students in Spring 2015. The instructor is Prof. Diane Marie Dube, J.D., M.P.A. Class will meet on Fridays from 10 to 11:50 am at William Mitchell College of Law.

    Legal Scholarship for Equal Justice (called Equal Justice Applied Research at St. Thomas) is a seminar offered jointly by the four Minnesota Law schools. The class meets at a different law school each year (William Mitchell in 2015) and is open to students from all four schools. This class is not an internship, but rather a three-credit research course.

    Note: The first class session is Friday, January 16; the last class session & the Continuing Legal Education Program will be Friday, April 24. The drop deadline for this class is January 2.

    Students choose a research topic from the LSEJ research topic list or a topic of their own choosing that advances equal justice. Students must have an attorney supervisor and are encouraged to finalize their topic choice before the class convenes. Classroom sessions focus on the development of project topics, research skills needed for equal justice issues, policy analysis and problem solving, working collaboratively, the role of the public interest lawyer, and additional topics of interest to the seminar participants. Class members are linked with the attorneys whose legal issues generated their projects. These attorneys serve as "field contacts" to help supervise the project.

    In addition, students should expect to spend significant time on field work with their field contacts or other local public interest practitioners, and in gathering information for their paper. Through this field work, students will gain an understanding of public interest practice in general, the legal issues involved in their individual projects, and the real world implications of their topics.

    Students’ completed works will be presented before a CLE audience of lawyers on Friday, April 24, and will be made available to practitioners, students, faculty and others on the LSEJ website.

    Required text: Bardach, Eugene, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis (4th edition recommended; 3rd edition acceptable)

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Mergers and Acquisitions #6102

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    Readings and First Day Assignment

    The materials for this class will be made available on the class's TWEN site. The material includes draft chapters of a forthcoming textbook on Mergers and Acquisitions to be co-authored by Hill, Quinn and Davidoff Solomon, as well as other readings.  You will be provided with the address and login information for the site before the first class.


    Your assignment for the first day is to read Leo E. Strine Jr., Documenting the Deal: How Quality Control and Candor Can Improve Boardroom Decision-Making and Reduce the Litigation Target Zone, available at

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2514520

Nonprofits and Public Sectors Externship #6042

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    Information for Registration - Spring 2015

    In this externship course, students acquire legal experience in nonprofit and public sectors under the supervision of practicing attorneys in the field. Placements for the spring may include: Children’s Law Center; Council on Crime and Justice; Court Watch; Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; MN AIDS Project; MN Health Law Center; and Ramsey County Public Defender. Students are permitted to arrange their own placements with permission of Professor Cook.

    Prior to the beginning of the term, students will be notified of their placements at approved sites and will be directed to report to an on-site supervisor before the end of the first week of the term (January 21). Students are expected to meet with the externship site supervisor to define the scope of the work and to delineate externship expectations. Externs must spend 8-12 hours per week engaged in work related to the placement, for a total of 100 hours over the course of the semester.

    A related classroom component will focus on contextual ethics; systemic analysis; lawyer’s role and career development; and skill building in professional-to-professional interactions, leadership, strategic problem solving, and reflective practice. Short reflective writings are required throughout the semester, as well as two in-class presentations.

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Patent Application Drafting #6242

Patent Prosecution Practice II #6232

Perspectives #6040

Poverty Law II #6223

Privacy #6103

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    Welcome to the course!

     

    Here are the assignments for our initial three class meetings. As you see, we begin with constitutional law, though we will move on to other areas rapidly.

     

    Before the first class, you must register for the TWEN site and download Chapter 1 from the “Readings” tab on the left. These pages are all from that chapter.

     

    I will post a full Syllabus on TWEN before the first day of class.

     

    TU 1/20:  Fourth Amendment Foundations

     

    • Section 1.A.1 (pp. 1-17)

     

    WE 1/21:  Modern Fourth Amendment Applications

     

    • Section 1.A.2 (pp. 18-38)

     

    MO 1/26:  First Amendment; Substantive Due Process

     

    • Section 1.B (pp. 38-48)
    • Section 1.C (pp. 48-58)
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Regulated Industries #6634

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    Reading assignments for the first two days:

    Weds., Jan. 21 -- Pages 1-26 of Regulatory Law and Policy: Cases and Materials by Shapiro & Tomain

    Thurs., Jan. 22 -- Pages 29-37 of Regulatory Law and Policy: Cases and Materials by Shapiro & Tomain; TOC and excerpted provisions from Chapter 301 of Title 49 of the U.S. Code; Jerry Mashaw & David Harfst, Regulation and Legal Culture: The Case of Motor Vehicle Safety, 4 Yale J. on Reg. 257 (1987).  Note:  The statutory provisions and article by Mashaw & Harfst are provided primarily for background to supplement the material in the casebook.  You should look through them, but you do not need to read them super closely.  Instead, read through the casebook assignment, then skim through the article and the statutory provisions, focusing particularly on pages 257 through 274 of the article. 

  • URL: TWEN
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Reproductive Rights #6036

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Trademarks #6608

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    First day assignment - Graeme B. Dinwoodie and Mark D. Janis, Trademarks and Unfair Competition; Law and Policy, Fourth Edition (2014). pp. 3-36.

    Please contact Professor Okediji directly to request a copy of the course syllabus.

Trial Practice #6618

Winning Patent Litigation #6225