Educator & Researcher

Courses

Civil Procedure I & II
This is a course about the processes that courts follow in deciding disputes in civil cases. It covers with the way in which conflicts are framed for courts, the stages through which litigation goes, the division of power among the various decision-makers in the legal system and between the state and federal courts, the territorial limitations on the exercise of judicial power, the principles that define the consequences of a decision once a court has finished with a case, and the special opportunities and problems of litigation involving multiple disputants. Throughout the course, considerable attention will be devoted to the ways in which our beliefs about fairness (in particular those embodied in the U.S. Constitution) shape the design of the process.

Torts I

This course examines the law governing private recovery for injuries caused by “civil wrongs.” These wrongs may be intentional or unintentional and include defective products, medical malpractice, collisions, assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress, among others. In this course, students examine when, if ever, the law should shift the loss suffered by the victim to the injurer, whether it is the most efficient method of providing redress to those that have been harmed, whether tort law deters risky activities.

Labor and Employment Law

This course examines the relationship between employers and employees in both the private and the public sectors. The following topics, among others, will be covered: employment discrimination, the status and decline of the employer’s traditional right to terminate employees “at will”; public employees’ constitutional First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Due Process rights; employees’ rights to sue for termination against public policy; discrimination laws; minimum/overtime wage claims; the enforceability of employment handbooks; employees’ rights to family/medical leave; and various employee/employer rights and obligations.

Education Law

This course examines the relationship between law, public policy and current issues in urban and rural education, in both public and independent K-12 schools. In today’s litigious society it is imperative that future lawyers understand school districts’ legal responsibilities and how legal disputes can be shaped to advance policy objectives and improve educational outcomes. Topics are examined such as: bilingual education, teacher freedom of expression, sexual discrimination and harassment, special education, equal opportunity, torts, technology, and search and seizure.

Street Law

This seminar course gives law students a unique opportunity to enrich their own legal education while contributing to the education of high school students. This class is designed to help law students achieve knowledge of practical law, skill and confidence in speaking, analytic abilities, leadership roles, organizational ability, sound judgment, and professionalism as a lawyer. An underlying principle of the class is that the best way to learn is through teaching. By teaching law in high schools, law students have the opportunity to conduct discussions with high school students about practical legal problems, contemporary legal issues, and the ramifications of breaking the law.