Office of the Law School Registrar:
Course Directory:
SEMINARS - Fall 1999

Registration: Students interested in taking a seminar should complete a preregistration form and return it to the Registrar's office by Friday, April 2, 1999 (or after pre-registration, submit a note to the Registrar's Office). Enrollment confirmation notices will be distributed to students who get into a seminar. Students who do not receive an enrollment confirmation should assume that their names are on the appropriate waitlist(s) and will be notified if a spot becomes available.

Limitations on withdrawal from seminars: Students wishing to drop a seminar after the seminar has had its first meeting must obtain permission from the instructor to withdraw from the seminar. Note that it may be difficult to obtain instructor permission to withdraw from any oversubscribed seminar after the time has passed during which the instructor will permit another student to enroll.

The research and writing requirement: Under existing rules, all students, except those exempted by four semesters of Journal or Quarterly participation,* are required to receive credit in one seminar. (Supervised Research does not fulfill the research and writing requirement.)

There are two types of seminars: the course seminar and the writing seminar. Both types of seminars fulfill the research and writing requirement. Generally, course seminars meet once per week throughout the semester. Writing seminars may or may not meet as a group; see course description, first class assignment or professor for details on meetings. Students are encouraged to read the course descriptions carefully for seminar requirements.

Note to the Class of 2001: Students who make Journal or Quarterly may lose their placement in a seminar (because students who are not on Quarterly or Journal receive priority due to the Research and Writing Requirement), depending on the waitlist for that seminar. When the Journal / Quarterly lists come out in the summer, the Registrar's Office will notify students who lose their seminar placement as soon as possible, so that they can adjust their schedules accordingly.

*The faculty rule allowing students to fulfill the research & writing requirement by participation on Quarterly or Journal is undergoing review by the faculty. Any change would affect only the Class of 2001 and future classes (not the Class of 2000). Given the uncertainty about the rule, all members of the Class of 2001 should plan (pending resolution of this issue) to take a seminar in either their second or third year.

Curtis Milhaupt



Daniel Mandelker

W76-630S sec 01 (3hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - (Writing Seminar; may or may not meet at this time; see course description, first class assignment or professor for details.)

Enrollment limit: 16

Litigation issues and strategies play a critical role in shaping land use and environmental law. This seminar considers land use litigation in state courts under state procedures and in federal courts under § 1983 of the Federal Civil Rights Act. It also considers environmental litigation in federal courts under federal environmental legislation. There are a number of paper options, including a brief to an appellate court, a court decision, an office memorandum or a statutory or rule revision. For example, I am presently working with the American Planning Association to revise state judicial procedures in land use law. A paper could propose a model statute to revise these procedures.

Robert Kuehn

W76-693S sec 01 (3 hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00

Enrollment limit: 20 (Course Seminar)

This seminar will explore legal approaches to achieving environmental protection equitably across divisions of race, class, and national sovereignty. The course examines different theories of social justice, the evidence and causes of possible inequitable treatment, government responses to these claims, environmental law and civil rights law remedies to address environmental injustice, and environmental justice issues in developing countries. Students are expected to attend and participate in class discussions and required to write (and present to the class) a research paper on environmental justice.

Stephen Legomsky

W76-690S sec 01 (3 hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - (Writing Seminar; may or may not meet at this time; see course description, first class assignment or professor for details.)

Enrollment limit: 16

In this writing seminar, each student will explore in depth, in a scholarly paper comparable in scope and quality to a law review note, a legal problem related to the course title. The general subject matter encompasses all of immigration law (see course description for that subject) plus all other areas of the law that implicate aliens’ rights and obligations; issues concerning the citizenship laws of the United States or other nations; and issues raised by either conventional or customary international human rights law. Examples of paper topics include aliens’ eligibility for welfare benefits, entry into selected professions, government employment, voting and other political activity, land ownership, access to the courts, to public schools, and to other public services, and aliens’ susceptibility to conscription. The instructor will provide a list of specific suggestions for papers, but students will be free to write on other suitable topics within the subject matter of the course after receiving approval from the instructor. Each paper will progress from topic selection to a detailed writing outline, to at least two drafts. We shall meet formally as a group at the start of the semester and later on as the need arises. Individual conferences also will be mandatory. Apart from the required meetings, students will be encouraged to consult freely with the instructor throughout the semester. There are no pre or co-requisites.

Peter Hoffman

W76-701S sec 01 (3 hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Course Seminar)

Enrollment limit: 20

This course is an in-depth study of selected legal issues pertaining to civil litigation. The seminar will examine several procedural, evidentiary, managerial and advocacy related issues arising in the civil litigation process and consider potential responses to those issues. Students must write a seminar paper.

Frances Foster

W78-604S sec 01 (3 hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - (Writing Seminar; may or may not meet at this time; see course description, first class assignment or professor for details.)

Enrollment limit: 16

This seminar allows students to pursue intensive research and writing on the changing definitions and functions of law in socialist and post-socialist countries. Students will meet individually with the instructor to discuss topic selection and the progress of their research. They also will be required to submit a topic statement, preliminary draft, and final revised version of their seminar paper. We will meet formally as a group at the start of the semester and later on as the need arises. There are no prerequisites for this course.