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  1. Health Law and Policy

    Several Health Law and Policy text books currently exist, but none sufficiently capture in a concise, logical, and intelligent way this practice area.

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    • 2 votes
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      • Payment Systems

        a course covering payment systems from a statutory perspective would be awesome!

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          • Family Law

            Explores the relationship between law and the most fundamental human institution. Covers the law of marriage, annulment, and divorce; other less traditional adult relationships; the relationship between family autonomy and state or third party intervention; contracts between family members (before, during, and after relationships); courtship and cohabitation between unmarried adults; the interaction between constitutional law and family law, especially concerning privacy; the law of parent and child; custody, adoption, and surrogacy; state intervention to protect child welfare; child support and its enforcement; and the accommodation of family law to pluralism in race and religion. Students are encouraged to think in…

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            • Labor Law

              Labor aw under NLRA

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                • Plea Bargaining

                  Despite its dominant role in the criminal justice system, plea bargaining is not, and cannot be, covered in adequate theoretical or practical depth during a typical Criminal Law or Criminal Procedure class. The breadth of ethical, legal, and practical questions that arise in the plea bargaining context—and which will be the daily questions for those students who go on to become prosecutors or defense attorneys—warrant separate and fuller treatment. This seminar is designed to provide students with a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of plea bargaining and the challenges it presents for litigants, courts, and legislatures.

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                  • Constitutional Law II

                    Covers the individual rights secured by the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, with a primary focus on the right to due process of law (its procedural and substantive components) and the right to equal protection of the laws (including scrutiny of race- and gender-based classifications).

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                    • federal criminal law

                      Considers through lectures, readings, and class discussions the development of federal criminal law. Examines the Hobbs Act, Travel Act, mail fraud, drugs, tax evasion and RICO (both criminal and civil aspects). Students conduct a simulated criminal investigation that culminates in the preparation of a prosecutorial memorandum and draft indictment. Students must also complete a substantial essay.

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                      • Juvenile Law

                        n examination of the relationship between children, their parents, siblings and the state in the lives of delinquent, unruly, dependent, neglected and abused children. The role of the court, judiciary, attorneys, police and social services historically, and in modern practice, will be examined as to the impact on families and individuals brought before the juvenile court. Special emphasis will be given to the theory of the juvenile justice system; the various court alternatives to adjudication; dispositional considerations and the attorney’s role in representing the child, parents or serving as a guardian ad litem.

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                        • Advance Appellate Advocacy

                          The purpose of this course is to develop and practice the skills necessary for effective appellate advocacy: persuasive brief-writing and compelling oral argument. Through a combination of readings, class discussions and written and oral exercises, students will hone their appellate skills by briefing and arguing an assigned moot court case, culminating in the Grand Moot competition, from which Paces National Moot Court Team and other moot court competition teams are selected. The class meets for three hours once each week throughout the semester.

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                          • Intellectual Property - Trade Secrets

                            Include the topic Trade Secret in the IP course

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                            • 1 vote
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                              • 2 votes
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                                • Jurisprudence

                                  This course will inquire about the philosophy of law; the nature and possible distinctiveness of legal reasoning; the purpose of law and lawyering in society; and the perplexity of many contemporary students, scholars, and practicing lawyers in the face of such questions. To pursue these questions, this course will draw on writings in jurisprudence and the history of ideas ranging from Plato to postmodernism, as well as judicial opinions that turn abstract ideas into legal action. This course aspires to give students the opportunity to ensure that their legal lives do not go unexamined.

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                                  • Civil Rights

                                    Primarily examines the processes by which federal constitutional and statutory rights are enforced in federal and state court against officials and private citizens. Focuses on 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983 and the doctrines that surround this statute. Also focuses on other Civil War- era legislation that grants substantive civil rights' especially 42 U.S.C. sec. 1981, 1982, and 1985. If time permits, examines selected aspects of modern civil rights legislation concerning sex discrimination, and of how civil rights remedies are enforced in cases of structural reform.

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                                    • Freedom of Religion

                                      This course examines the precedents and doctrines relating to the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, the history and purposes of these provisions, and the theoretical foundations of the freedom they protect. The approaches taken to religious-freedom questions in other legal regimes will also be considered. Topics include public funding for religious education, religious expression and activity in public spaces, exemptions from generally applicable laws for religious believers and religiously motivated conduct, the extent to which state action and laws may reflect religious purposes and values, the autonomy and independence of religious institutions, and the ability of government to protect…

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                                      • Negotiations

                                        Provides a grounding in negotiation theory, examines negotiation strategies and tactics, and provides students with an opportunity to implement theory and practice through a series of negotiation simulation exercises.

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                                        • State Constitutional Law

                                          This course explores the nature and significance of state constitutional law. The course covers rights and structure, and in both settings it compares the federal model to the various state models. Of particular emphasis is the role of the state courts in protecting liberty and property rights under their own constitutions, and most notably whether they should construe these guarantees to offer protections that the federal courts have not provided in construing the federal constitution. Examples include litigation involving school funding, marriage, property takings, criminal procedure, the free exercise of religion, among others. The course also considers the amendment procedures…

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