Office of the Law School Registrar
Course Directory

Seminars
Fall 2001
 


Registration: Students interested in taking a seminar should complete a preregistration form and return it to the Registrar's office by 12:00 noon, Friday, March 30, 2001, (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 on a "Seminar Add/Drop form" 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: All students are required to receive credit in one Seminar. (Supervised Research does not fulfill the research and writing requirement.) Students are encouraged to read the course descriptions carefully for details about the seminar, such as the structure (in terms of how often it meets as a group or in individual sessions with the faculty member) and other requirements.


ADVANCED CIVIL PROCEDURE                              Kimberly Norwood
W76-707S sec 01                        (3 hrs)
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar will not meet as a group on a regular basis and may not meet 3-5 Monday; so it may be possible also to take another course at this time.)
Enrollment limit: 16
In this seminar students will explore a variety of legal issues pertaining to civil litigation including primarily procedural and advocacy-related topics that arise in the civil litigation process. A list of possible topics will be provided although, with consultation with the Professor, students will have great autonomy in choosing their topics. Once a topic has been chosen, students will be expected to turn in an outline, a preliminary draft, and a final draft of the seminar paper. There will be a few classes towards the end of the semester when the group will come together as a whole to listen to the topics worked on by others in the group during the semester.

APPELLATE BRIEF WRITING SEMINAR                      Bruce La Pierre
W76-714S sec 01                       (3 hrs)
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar will not meet as a group on a regular basis and may not meet 3-5 Monday; so it may be possible also to take another course at this time.)
Enrollment limit: 16
Students will write an appellate brief in a case pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (or, perhaps, in the United States Supreme Court). There will be one class meeting at the beginning of the semester, and several class meetings at the end of the semester to review and discuss the briefs that the students have written. Each student will meet frequently with the instructor to evaluate drafts of their briefs. Students will also be required to review and evaluate briefs written by other members of the class. To the extent permitted by the Eighth Circuit's argument calendar, students will review and analyze briefs filed by the parties and attend argument in cases (or review transcripts of arguments). All briefs must comply with the rules of the Eighth Circuit (or the rules of the Supreme Court).

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH LAW AND POLICY SEMINAR
W78-628S sec 01                                                             Rebecca Dresser
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Enrollment limit: 16
The twentieth century biomedical research revolution has generated numerous conflicts demanding legislative, judicial, and regulatory action. This seminar will address some of the most pressing issues raised by modern research activities. Course readings and discussion will review issues relevant to research involving human participants, including general ethical and regulatory principles governing human subjects research, and special issues raised by studies involving seriously and critically ill individuals, randomized clinical trials, and research involving vulnerable populations, such as children, persons with cognitive impairment, and prisoners. The course also will address research involving human embryos and fetal tissue, scientific misconduct, research conflicts of interest, and additional issues related to commercialization of biomedical research. Students interested in exploring the intersection of law and biomedical science are encouraged to enroll. Students will choose their seminar paper topics from a list of general areas relevant to research law and policy. They will be required to write a rough and final draft of the paper. They also will be required to present and discuss their ideas with the rest of the class. Papers will ordinarily be between 25 and 30 pages of text. Students will meet with the instructor on an individual basis to discuss their presentations and paper ideas. Grades will be based primarily on the quality of students' papers; oral presentations and class participation also will be taken into account.

CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION AND JURISPRUDENCE SEMINAR                                                                          Stanley Paulson
W76-686S sec 01                      (3 hrs)
MON 3:00 - 5:00 (This seminar will not meet as a group on a regular basis and may not meet 3-5 Monday; so it may be possible also to take another course at this time.)
Enrollment limit: 16
In the seminar on constitutional interpretation, students have an opportunity to examine and evaluate competing views on the nature and sources of constitutional law. For one prominent example in recent literature, consider Ronald Dworkin's position: He contends that one can make good sense of equal protection adjudication only if one takes seriously the underlying principle of equality--understood as a moral principle. This is a position toward one end of the spectrum in the current debate. Toward the other end, there is, for example, Robert Bork. He holds that the nature and limits of "equal protection" in our Fourteenth Amendment are to be understood by returning to the intentions of those in the Reconstruction Congress. What they had in mind (what they intended) determines what "equal protection" means. In addition to a variety of themes on constitutional interpretation, students may also select, if they wish, themes from jurisprudence and legal philosophy.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND USE LITIGATION SEMINAR
W76-630S sec 01                    (3 hrs)                              Daniel Mandelker
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. (This seminar will not meet as a group on a regular basis and may not meet 3-5 Monday; so it may be possible also to take another course at this time.)
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 ยง 1983 of the Federal Civil Rights Act. It also considers environmental litigation in federal courts under federal environmental legislation. There is one writing assignment, which can be a brief to an appellate court, a court decision, an office memorandum or a statutory or rule revision. The minimum length of the paper is 30 double-spaced pages, and there also is a minimum footnoting and minimum research requirement. A first draft of the paper is required followed by a final draft, which must show substantial improvement. Conferences with the instructor are required on topic selection and on the first draft. I am always available to meet with students after the final draft is submitted. The primary objective of this seminar is to improve writing and analytic skills. The student should also be able to learn about a specific topic of interest and should be able to improve his or her research abilities. However, I attempt to minimize research difficulties by providing students with a research base they can use to develop their topics.

SOCIALIST LAW IN TRANSITION SEMINAR               Frances Foster
W76-680S                                (3 hrs)
MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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.