Susan Schwab Heyman

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Susan Schwab HeymanProfessor of Law

Education

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo 
B.A., Brandeis University

Susan Heyman joined the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty in the fall of 2011.  She had previously been at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.  She graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo, where she was executive editor of Cardozo Law Review and the recipient of the Felix Frankfurter Award.  She clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Cowen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and for the Honorable William H. Walls, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  As an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from 2002 to 2008, Professor Heyman spent two years in the corporate department, after which she joined the litigation department, focusing on complex commercial litigation.

Articles

Book Review, Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter by Larry Cunningham, Concurring Opinions (October 17, 2012), http://concurringopinions.com/archives/2012/10/best-book-for-1l-contracts.html

Rethinking Regulation Fair Disclosure and Corporate Free Speech, 36 Cardozo Law Review 1099 (2015)

The Quiet Period in a Noisy World: Rethinking Securities Regulations and Corporate Free Speech, 74 Ohio State Law Journal 189 (2013)

The Missing Elements of Contract Damages, 84 Temple Law Review 119 (2011)

Bottoms-Up: An Alternative Approach for Investigating Corporate Malfeasance, 37 American Journal of Criminal Law 163 (2010)

Bringing Down the Bar: Accountants Challenge Meaning of Unauthorized Practice, 21 Cardozo Law Review 1425 (2000)

Courses Taught

LAW.635Business Organizations

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Course Description

This course surveys and analyzes the various forms of business enterprises. Organizations include sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Topics include the legal relationships between the corporation and its directors, officers, stockholders, and creditors; risk reduction devices; formation, dissolution, and termination; and agency relationships and responsibilities. Consideration is given to cases, statutes, model acts, and securities laws.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.604Contracts I

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the law of agreements. Topics include contract formation, the doctrine of consideration and its substitutes, the Statute of Frauds, contract regulation, the parole evidence rule, interpretation, performance and breach, conditions, anticipatory breach, remedies for breach, specific performance, damages, restitution and impracticability and frustration. Both the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code are emphasized. The rights and duties of non-parties are covered to the extent possible.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.605Contracts II

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the law of agreements. Topics include contract formation, the doctrine of consideration and its substitutes, the Statute of Frauds, contract regulation, the parole evidence rule, interpretation, performance and breach, conditions, anticipatory breach, remedies for breach, specific performance, damages, restitution and impracticability and frustration. Both the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code are emphasized. The rights and duties of non-parties are covered to the extent possible.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.604 – Contracts I

LAW.652Sales

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the law related to the sale of goods (moveable personal property) under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC"). Topics to be covered include: formation, terms, performance, risk of loss, express and implied warranties, disclaimers, breach, and remedies of the aggrieved buyer and seller. The course assumes familiarity with basic contract principles, though core concepts will be reviewed.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LSM.870White Collar Crime

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Course Description

This seminar deals with policy, doctrine and jurisprudence implicated by corporate and other business entities' criminality. The course will cover the criminal liability of business entities and their officers, involving the study of federal criminal statutes used to prosecute corporate and white collar crime, including mail & wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO), anti-trust, securities and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Seminar

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Susan Schwab Heyman
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.