Spring 2014

Spring 2015

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Spring 2015

Cancelled Courses

Spring 2015

    • 21650-01
    • *†Transnational Development Clinic
    • Ahmad, Muneer
    • 12-09-2014 5:00 PM
    • 21487-01
    • Specialized Legal Research in Foreign and International Law
    • Miguel-Stearns, Teresa
    • 12-01-2014 10:20 PM
    • 21437-01
    • Feminist Theory and the Law: Seminar
    • Schultz, Vicki
    • 12-01-2014 10:19 PM
    • 21310-01
    • Employment Discrimination Law
    • Schultz, Vicki
    • 11-12-2014 3:33 PM

Change Log

Spring 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

    • 21760-01
    • Kysar, Douglas
    • Description changed to:
      Products Liability (21760). 2 or 3 units. This seminar will examine the law of products liability, giving attention both to doctrinal and to theoretical aspects of the field. In addition to regular attendance and active participation in class discussion, students will undertake a research project to fulfill the course requirements. For research papers of appropriate scope and ambition, Substantial Paper (2 units, graded) or Supervised Analytic Writing (3 units, graded) certification will be available. Although we will focus on products liability during class sessions, students may pursue research papers that concern any aspect of torts or consumer protection. A research memorandum option (2 units, graded or credit/fail, no Substantial Paper or Supervised Analytic Writing certification) also will be available to fulfill the course research project requirement. Paper required. Enrollment limited to sixteen. D. Kysar.

      Note: First-day attendance required.
      Meeting Time changed from:
      Mon 1:35 PM-3:00 PM
      Wed 1:35 PM-3:00 PM

      Thu 12:10 PM-2:00 PM
    • 11/11/2014
    • 21760-01
    • Kysar, Douglas
    • Enrollment Restriction changed from:
      Limited Enrollment
    • 11/11/2014
    • 21141-01
    • Kahan, Dan
    • Description changed to:
      [The] Science of Science Communication (21141). 2 units. The simple dissemination of valid scientific knowledge does not guarantee it will be recognized by non experts to whom it is of consequence. The science of science communication is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that investigates the processes that enable ordinary citizens to form beliefs consistent with the best available scientific evidence, the conditions that impede the formation of such beliefs, and the strategies that can be employed to avoid or ameliorate such conditions. This seminar will survey, and make a modest attempt to systematize, the growing body of work in this area. Special attention will be paid to identifying the distinctive communication dynamics of the diverse contexts in which non experts engage scientific information, including electoral politics, governmental policymaking, and personal health decision making. Paper required. Permission of the instructor required. Also PSYC 601b/F&ES 862b/HPM 601b. D.M. Kahan.

      Note: This seminar will meet according to the Graduate School calendar. An alternate session will be held to accommodate Law students who miss the first class.

      Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-instructor selections, students should also submit a statement of interest by 4:30 p.m. on December 10, 2014.
    • 11/11/2014
    • 21761-01
    • Parrillo, Nicholas
    • Meeting Time changed from:
      Mon 2:10 PM-4:00 PM
      Fri 2:10 PM-4:00 PM
    • 11/12/2014
    • 21016-01
    • Lemar, Anika
    • Description changed to:
      *†Community and Economic Development (21016). 4 units, credit/fail. CED explores the role of lawyers and the law in building wealth and opportunity in low-income communities. The clinic focuses on issues of neighborhood revitalization, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development and financial inclusion as they relate to community and economic development. Students in CED represent and partner with community organizations, nonprofits, community development financial institutions, neighborhood associations, and small foundations. These client organizations share an interest in promoting economic opportunity and socioeconomic mobility among low- and moderate-income people.

      Students will represent clients in a range of legal matters including formation and governance of for-profit, not-for-profit and hybrid entities, negotiating and drafting contracts, developing employment and other policies, structuring real estate transactions, resolving zoning and environmental issues, providing tax advice, drafting and advocating for legislation and appearing before administrative agencies. CED engages students in local work which can then be used to inform policy development at the local, state and federal levels. Students will gain skills in client contact, contract drafting, transactional lawyering, legal research and writing, regulatory and legislative advocacy, administrative agency contact and negotiation. The class seminar will meet once a week for two hours and once a week for one hour and will cover federal, state and local policies affecting urban and suburban places; substantive law in tax, real estate development, and corporate governance; and transactional and regulatory lawyering skills, such as negotiating and drafting contracts. Each student will meet with faculty once a week for fieldwork supervision. The clinic is open to students from the Schools of Law, Management, Divinity, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Public Health, and Architecture with prior approval from a faculty member. Enrollment limited to eight. Permission of the instructors required. A. Singh Lemar, C.F. Muckenfuss III, and M. Viswanathan.

      Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among experiential course selections, students should submit a short statement of interest by 4:30 p.m. on December 10.

      Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.
    • 11/20/2014
    • 21590-01
    • Doherty, Fiona
    • Description changed to:
      *†Criminal Justice Clinic (21590) and Fieldwork (21756) 2 units, credit/fail, with a graded option, for each part (4 units total). The clinic and fieldwork must be taken simultaneously. Students will represent defendants in criminal cases in the Geographical Area #23 courthouse (the "GA") on Elm Street in New Haven. Students will handle all aspects of their clients' cases under the direct supervision of clinical faculty. Students will learn how to build relationships with clients, investigate and develop their cases, construct persuasive case theories, negotiate with opposing counsel, prepare motions and briefs, and advocate for clients in court. Students will also explore the legal framework governing the representation of clients in criminal cases, including the rules of professional responsibility. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about the operation of the criminal justice system and to reflect on opportunities for reform. Because of the frequency of court appearances, students must keep two mornings a week (Monday--Thursday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.) free from other obligations. Students must also return to the law school a few days before the start of the semester to participate in an orientation program intended to prepare them for criminal practice. Enrollment limited. F. Doherty, S.O. Bruce III, and M. Quattlebaum.

      Note: New students who are accepted in this clinic must attend a two-day training session to prepare for their first client meetings and court appearances. For the Spring 2015 clinic, these all-day sessions will be held on Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16. Attendance is required.

      Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork-only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.

      Course Selection: In addition to listing this course among experiential permission selections, students should also submit a statement of interest and a CV by December 10 at 4:30 p.m.

    • 11/25/2014
    • 21686-01
    • Fox, Lawrence
    • Meeting Time changed from:
      Not Scheduled
      Mon 4:10 PM-6:00 PM
    • 11/26/2014
    • 21697-01
    • Nathan, Charles
    • Description changed to:
      Anatomy of a Merger (21697). 3 units. The goal of this seminar will be to explore the intimate inter-relationship of M&A transaction tactics and strategy and Delaware corporate law principles of directors' fiduciary duties of loyalty and due care, as explicated by the Delaware courts over the past thirty years. The seminar will use a hypothetical M&A transaction and readings in selected Delaware case law and commentary to illustrate how evolving legal principles shape M&A transaction structures and why detailed knowledge and understanding of Delaware legal principles are essential to M&A legal practice. Prerequisite: Business Organizations. Enrollment limited to fifteen. Permission of the instructor required. Self-scheduled examination. C. Nathan.

      Note: The class meeting time has been adjusted to accommodate Professor Nathan's travel schedule. One additional class will be arranged, but Professor Nathan will discuss the options for this make-up class once the class roster is final.

      Course Selection Information: In addition to listing this course among permission-of-instructor selections, students should submit a CV by December 10 at 4:30 p.m. Listing this course among permission-of-instructor selections constitutes authorization for the Registrar's Office to release an unofficial copy of the student's Law transcript to the instructor.
    • 11/26/2014
    • 21267-01
    • Shpall, Sam
    • Description changed to:
      Philosophical Perspectives on Law and Politics (21267). 2 units. This course will explore recent works of social and political philosophy with the aim of evaluating their relevance to the formation of law and public policy. The guiding question of the course is: can sustained philosophical analysis be useful in shaping our ideas about contentious legal and political issues? Alternatively: is contemporary philosophy relevant to the concerns of lawyers and policymakers? We will discuss a wide range of philosophical issues, and also draw on work from various academic disciplines besides philosophy. Topics will include: implicit bias and epistemic injustice; pornography and objectification; the moral limits of economic markets; race, criminal justice, and integration; and the relationship between propaganda and democracy. Short paper encouraged or optional self-scheduled examination. Enrollment limited to twenty. S. Shpall.

      Note: You may browse the syllabus for this course through the YLS:Inside course site.
    • 12/05/2014
    • 21767-01
    • Kesselheim, Aaron
    • Description changed to:
      Food and Drug Administration Law (21767). 1 or 2 units, with a credit/fail option. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the premier consumer protection agency in the United States, with control over the availability and public discourse about potentially life-saving therapeutics, foods, supplements, and related consumer products. Its authority has been built in response to public health crises, and is constantly under scrutiny from all sides of the political spectrum. In this course, we will review the history of the FDA, the noteworthy legislation and regulation that have shaped its oversight of the health care products market, Supreme Court and other cases that have impacted its authority, and an introduction to key current controversies related to the FDA that affect health care delivery (we may devote one class to food law issues, based on student interest). The enduring theme will be how the FDA balances its vital public safety role against countervailing forces of personal autonomy and the rights or interests of consumers, patients, physicians, and corporations. Each class will be organized around a lecture—with interactive discussion—introducing students to the material, and most classes will contain a hypothetical case that will require students to apply the day’s lessons and themes in determining legal and policy solutions. A shorter paper is required for 1 unit; a paper of 2,500-4,000 words is required for 2 units. Students with high quality papers will be given specific guidance in submitting them for publication in the peer-reviewed medical/public health/policy literature. Open only to J.D. students. Paper required. Enrollment capped at twenty. A.S. Kesselheim.

      Note: This class will meet in seven sessions on the following dates: January 26; February 2, 9, and 23; March 2, 9, and 23.

    • 12/10/2014