By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
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Secured Transactions

This course surveys Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and focuses on financing and creation of a secured interest in personal property and fixtures.

3 Credit(s)

Securities Regulation

This course covers two of the most active and critical legislative acts adopted in the field of economic regulation, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. It discusses the disclosure and other provisions imposed on companies issuing and dealing in stock and other securities, as well as remedies available. Ethical issues facing lawyers servicing clients in this area are also examined. Business Organization is a prerequisite.

3 Credit(s)

Selected Issues in Conflict of Laws

Callie from California and Max from Massachusetts get into a car accident with each other in the parking lot of Disney World (Florida).  Max returns home to Massachusetts and sues Callie and Disney World in Massachusetts state court.  Does the Massachusetts court have jurisdiction over Callie and/or Disney World?  If so, what law would a Massachusetts court apply to the dispute – Massachusetts law? California law?  Florida law?   If Max obtains judgment against Callie and Disney World, are these judgments enforceable in California and Florida?  If Callie moves to France and obtains a declaratory judgment there that she is not liable to Max for the car accident, would this French judgment be recognized by a Massachusetts court to preclude Max’s lawsuit?  These are the questions to be explored in this Conflict of Laws seminar.  The seminar will focus on three broad questions: 1. Jurisdiction: When does a court have jurisdiction over a dispute?  2. Choice of Law: What law will a court apply to a dispute?  3. Enforcement of Judgments: When will a judgment from a foreign court (U.S. state or foreign country) be recognized and/or enforced?  The approach taken is a mix between academic and practical.  The ultimate goal is to have students not only understand the doctrines that comprise the conflict of laws, but be able to apply and manipulate them to achieve a desired result.

2 Credit(s)

Selected Issues in Criminal Procedure

This seminar will use several full-length, award-winning documentaries regarding specific criminal cases as fodder for the examination of timely criminal justice issues, primarily with a constitutional inquiry. Film verities allow the overlapping of doctrinal and practical problems for analysis, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Role-playing may be utilized. Topics covered will include: character evidence, investigative techniques, a variety of police and prosecutorial misconduct, racial and gender assumptions, mental health issues, evidence and emotions, the forensic science paradox, and epistemological questions regarding truth. The required paper may fulfill the graduation legal-writing requirement.

2 Credit(s)

Senior Abuse Neglect and Injuries

Litigation involving nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and financial exploitation of the elderly is an expanding and complicated area of civil litigation.  These cases provide a complex interaction between traditional tort law as embodied in medical malpractice cases along with contract issues, corporate law, access to the civil justice system and an understanding of state and federal regulations. This course will provide an academic and practical analysis of this complex niche practice area. 

1 Credit(s)

September 11th Litigation: Aviation Security & Terrorism Financing

This class will focus on materials selected by Professor Migliori, whose law firm is working on cases involving the September 11th attacks on the United States. Requires Honors enrollment.

1 Credit(s)

Sexuality and the Law

This course explores aspects of the legal regulation of sexuality.  Among the questions on which we will focus throughout the semester are these:  How has sexuality (and related notions such as sexuality and gender) been defined, posed and addressed as a problem in and for the U.S. legal system?  What role do various conceptions of sexuality play in framing the terms, the argumentative strategies and resolution of legal disputes?  What shaping functions do legal constructions of sexuality exert in and on broader political conversations about sex and social justice in the contemporary U.S.?  Topics to be discussed include the scope and limits of the “public/private” distinction as a conceptual framework in U.S. sex law; legal efforts to define and distinguish sex, gender and sexuality, sexual acts, gender identities and expressions (male, female, transgender, transsexual, intersex), and sexual identities (“homosexuality,” “heterosexuality,” and “bisexuality”); law, sexuality and intimate association; sexuality, gender, and reproduction; gender, sexuality, surveillance and citizenship; law, sexuality, kinship and family relations; gender identity, sexuality and the legal construction, and regulation, of the human body; sex.

3 Credit(s)

Simple Justice: The History of Brown V. Board Of Education

The text is the Pulitzer-Prize winning Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger.  The book traces the line of cases from Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education, blending constitutional and historical analysis with fascinating portraits of the lawyers (and their litigation strategy) and the judges (and their personal struggles with how to dispense justice a changing society) who were involved in the history-making journey from “separate but equal” to the death of state-sponsored racial segregation in public schools. 

1 Credit(s)

Spiritual Dimensions of Lawyering

This course  explores a lawyer’s identity and purpose beyond the “material” aspects of practicing law.  The readings in the course, evidencing a variety of religious and secular perspectives, address topics such as the integration of deeply-held personal values into the practice of law; clients who have deeply held values that are in tension with the dominant values of the legal system; exploring with the client whether justice, peace, or reconciliation is the client’s true goal; and the extent to which a lawyer might engage the client in moral conversation.

1 Credit(s)

Technology and Law Practice

This course surveys software systems that embody specialized legal knowledge and know-how, considers the role of technology on lawyering and the legal services delivery system, and provides hands-on instruction in current technologies including document assembly, automated client interviews,  social media marketing, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, project management, and virtual law practice.  The course will also examine the burgeoning literature on the practicalities and ethics of “e-lawyering,” with attention to the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.  Student projects will provide hands-on experience in current technologies with broad application in public interest and pro bono contexts, as well as application appropriate to solo and small firm practitioners.

2 Credit(s)