Office of the Law School Registrar
Course Directory

Seminars
Fall 2002 


IP

= Courses which are part of the curriculum for the LL.M. in IP & Technology Law degree

E

= Courses which satisfy the ethics requirement
 
Advanced Topics in Securities Law Seminar

Joel Seligman

W76  718S  SEC 01                        (3 hours)                   MON 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment limit: 16 

Students must have completed or be simultaneously enrolled in Securities Regulation.  This seminar will meet on a regular weekly basis.  For the first several weeks we will focus on a series of specific advanced topics such as proposed changes in the mandatory disclosure system or accounting regulation.  Students will present papers during the last few weeks of the course.   

Appellate Brief Writing Seminar

 Bruce La Pierre

W76  714S  SEC 01                  (3 hours)                         MON 3:00 - 5:00 PM 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).   

IP Biomedical Research Law and Policy Seminar

 Rebecca Dresser

W78  628S  SEC 01                      (3 hours)                     MON 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment limited to 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 issues related to commercialization of research using human tissue. 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. 

Employment Discrimination Theory, Doctrine, and Practice Seminar

(Karen Tokarz)

W76721S   SEC  01              (3 hours)                             MON 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment Limit: 16                                                   

This seminar will examine employment discrimination theory, doctrine, and practice. The seminar will explore historical, philosophical, and economic bases for anti-discrimination law; the nature and extent of prejudice, segregation, and discriminatory conduct in employment; the evolution of employment discrimination law; the growth of litigation; the use of ADR; and changing personnel practices.  The seminar will focus primarily on federal employment discrimination statutes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. § 1981), Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.  There will be considerable discussion and analysis of recent U.S. Supreme Court employment discrimination cases.  Specific topics will include the parameters of protected classes, mandatory arbitration agreements, testing, harassment, stereotyping, reasonable accommodation, statistical evidence, reductions in force, remedies, and court-ordered mediation.  Guests will include plaintiffs’ lawyers, defendants’ lawyers, judges, mediators, and arbitrators.  The seminar will meet weekly throughout the semester.  As an upper-class seminar, a central goal of the course will be to improve students’ skills as effective analysts, writers, and communicators.  Towards this end, a writing assignment or series of writing assignments will be a substantial element of the coursework.  Students will have the opportunity to receive significant feedback on early drafts of their written work. Students also will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on their oral communication skills through in-class, team presentations before the faculty and their colleagues.  The course grade will be based on the totality of the student’s performance during the course.  Although not required nor necessary, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Constitutional Law II, Critical Jurisprudence, Race Relations, Feminist Legal Theory, and Pretrial Practice and Procedure (Employment Litigation) will be helpful for this seminar.   

Environmental & Land Use Litigation Seminar

Daniel Mandelker

W76  630S  SEC 01                      (3 hours)                   MON 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment limit:16

This seminar will meet as a group on a periodic basis. 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. The seminar will be based on a hypothetical case or a case in progress. The class will be divided into two groups. During the first half of the seminar, Group I will prepare a brief for the plaintiff and Group II will prepare an amicus brief on behalf of the plaintiff. These briefs will be revised once. During the second half of the seminar, Group I will prepare an amicus brief for the defendant and Group Ii will prepare a brief for the defendant. These briefs will also be revised once. All briefs will be eight pages in length. The class will meet periodically during the semester to discuss the writing assignments, and there will be a mock argument at the end of the semester. The emphasis in the seminar is on writing and presentation. Research sources will be made accessible.   

E

Public Interest Lawyering Seminar

Nina Tarr  

W76 723S SEC  01                              (3 hours)             WED 3:00 - 5:00 PM Enrollment Limit: 16

This course is part of the ethics curriculum. This seminar will explore the legal, moral and other responsibilities of the practicing attorney in the adversarial system with a focus on public interest lawyering. The course will meet on a regular basis throughout the semester, and class attendance and participation is expected.  Each student will be expected to produce a draft and final version of a paper in accordance with the law school’s upper-level research and research requirements.

Reproductive Control Seminar

Susan Appleton  

W76  652S  SEC 01                         (3 hours)                 MON 3:00 - 5:30 PM Enrollment limit: 16

This seminar will focus on the growing body of law concerning human reproductive decisions, with emphasis on the pervasive tension between individual autonomy and government intervention. Coverage will include the topics of contraception, abortion, sterilization, pregnancy based discrimination, genetic counseling, artificial insemination, surrogate gestation, in vitro fertilization, population control and the like. Students also will become acquainted with various problems of law and medicine, e.g., informed consent, medical malpractice, etc. Taking Constitutional Law II before or concurrently with this seminar is recommended, but not required. The seminar will meet regularly. In addition, each student will be required (1) to present to the class a well researched analysis of a particular subtopic and (2) to submit a first draft and final version of a paper on the same subject. All students will be expected to attend the class meetings regularly and to participate in the class discussions.  In addition, students must meet individually with the instructor to plan and rehearse the class presentation and to get feedback on the first draft of the report.  Depending on the precise format ultimately chosen for this class, the class meetings may last until 5:30.  To allow for that eventuality, please keep the additional 30 minutes free if you enroll in this seminar.