MASS TORT BANKRUPTCY
(BANKRUPTCY LAW - 2050)
This course will examine the complex nature of bankruptcies involving massive numbers of lawsuits arising primarily from product liability. Students will be exposed to the considerations needed for the protection of the various parties in interest, i.e., plaintiffs, the extent of whose injuries are known or not yet fully determined; potential plaintiffs who have not yet suffered injury; and the stockholders and creditors of the debtor. The sufficiency of funds established to meet obligations and channeling injunctions will be considered. Pre-requisite for J.D. students: CREDITORS' RIGHTS.
MATRIMONIAL LAW PRACTICE
(FAMILY LAW - 1010)
This course will examine practical aspects of matrimonial trial practice, pleadings, motion practice, examinations before trial, tax apects and equitable distribution. Separation agreements, custody and adoptions will also be studied. Grades are based upon the papers submitted and the skills demonstrated. Pre-requisite: FAMILY LAW
MEDIATION: REPRESENTING CLIENTS
(ADVOCACY AND LEGAL SKILLS - 6060)
This intensive, interactive course first introduces students to an overview of mediation theories and practices, and then develops a coherent approach and the essential skills for effective client representation in mediation. The course will examine attorney responsibilities in advising clients about dispute resolution options, in preparing both the case and the client for mediation, in representing clients in the mediation session itself, and in drafting ADR clauses. The course will culminate in the students participating in a mock mediation. Students' final grade will be based on their demonstrated mastery of course material, judged by both required written submissions, quality of mediation representation skills demonstrated in the final mock mediation, and quality of seminar participation. Students are encouraged to take Alternative Dispute Resolution either prior to or concurrently with this course.
MEDIATION SKILLS: DIVORCE
(ADVOCACY AND LEGAL SKILLS - 9040)
Mediation is becoming a preferred forum to address legal conflicts and settle cases. The highly interactive course offers distinctive and innovative training on the transformative approach to mediation, one of the four leading mediation ideologies. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and basic skills necessary for the practice of transformative mediation. Students will then learn the application of transformative mediation skills in divorce cases, and how transformative mediators navigate the specific practice challenges inherent in the divorce context. Although the course focus is on learning mediation skills, students will also be educated about attorney advocacy skills in mediation. Grades will be based on a written final examination and class participation. Pre-requisite: FAMILY LAW.
(HEALTH LAW - 1040)
The first hour of each class is theory; the second development of an actual medical malpractice case. Through the semester the case will proceed from client initial interview to trial verdict. The class will be divided into plaintiffs' attorneys and defense attorneys. Weekly writing will include a retainer agreement, subpoenas, summonses and complaints, affidavits of service, answers, questions for depositions, orders to show cause, interrogatories with cover letters, motions for summary judgment with supporting depositions, and motions to dismiss. Students will view videos of surgical procedures. The final paper will require an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the case and a conclusion on the value of the case. The final exam will cover the substantive law covered in the first hour of each class. This course satisfies the Advanced Practice Writing Requirement. Grading will be based on a final exam (40%), final paper (25%), class participation (10%), and weekly written requirement (25%). Pre-requisite: TORTS
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
(BUSINESS AND FINANCE LAW - 3080)
This course examines mergers and acquisitions from both a practical and theoretical perspective. It focuses on principal acquisition methods, transaction structures, corporate and securities laws, fiduciary duties, legal and regulatory concerns, and the underlying financial and economic principles that drive these transactions. This course will also cover current M&A practice and recent developments, as well as significant M&A theory, case law, and history. Students will be responsible for reading all required course materials and for class participation. There will be a final examination at the end of the semester. Grades are based on the final examination (90%) and class participation (10%). Pre-requisite: BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
MULTI-NATIONAL MEGA-CASE BANKRUPTCY
(BANKRUPTCY LAW - 5040)
Virtually all of the large corporate bankruptcy cases involve enterprises that have substantial activities in both the U.S. and other nations. This course will explore the issues that are raised by such cross-border insolvency cases and some of the solutions to those issues. The course will cover court-to-court co-ordination of insolvency proceedings and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency along with EU Insolvency Regulation and Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. The course will also compare the insolvency laws of several jurisdictions, with a focus on the important features that should be part of any modern insolvency statute. Evaluation will be based on an examination and class participation may be factored into the final grade. Pre-requisite for J.D. students: CREDITORS' RIGHTS (Reorganization Under Chapter 11 is a recommended pre- or co-requisite).