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This class will examine recent developments in trademark law and practice. The course will explore: the impact of the Internet; international aspects of trademark usage and law; practical considerations of enforcing a trademark; and how small and large companies seek to gain brand identity. Lalitha Rao will teach is course. Requires Honors enrollment.
The trial advocacy course employs a learning-by-doing approach. Thus, most of the course will involve the practice of trial skills including direct and cross examination, opening statements, closing arguments, and jury selection, in a simulated courtroom environment. During the last two weeks of the course, each student will participate as co-counsel in a full-length simulated civil or criminal trial with a sitting Rhode Island judge or professor presiding.
U.S. Supreme Court Cases
This class will focus on the art of appellate advocacy with particular focus on two cases that will be argued this spring before the United States Supreme Court. The class will include a trip to the Court to hear those two cases argued and for a meeting with Justice Alito.
This course examines the legal treatment of wild animals and wild places. It analyzes the property law and constitutional underpinnings of state and federal wildlife and wilderness laws. Considerable attention will be devoted to the protection of biodiversity through the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. The course will also focus on the Wilderness Act. Other topics may include feral and urban wildlife, hunting and fishing, and the special case of American Indians’ rights to wildlife. The course will also focus on policy questions raised by legal protections for wildlife and wilderness, including critical examination of both the purposes served by these protections and the costs these protections impose.
Wills & Trusts
This course is intended to prepare a student to advise clients about ordering their personal and financial affairs to more effectively provide for themselves and the people about whom they care. Various dispositive mechanisms, inter vivos testamentary and in trust, will be covered, as well as devices to appoint health care and financial proxies. The course will also address the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers representing clients in this area.
This course will consider and evaluate benefit delivery systems for those who suffer work related injuries. Class discussion will trace the evolution of the law from common law tort system and the use of the affirmative defenses to bar most claims to the development of benefit systems which do not utilize fault as a liability measure. The structure of the benefit system will be evaluated and distinctions considered between the various state systems as well as the federal longshore and harbor workers compensation act.