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Courses - Winter Term 2016

Advanced Legal Writing (7840)
Professor Paul Bader

Enrollment Limit: 18 Students
1 or 2 Credits

Library 202
01/04/16 - 01/15/16  •  M-TH 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
No Exam
May satisfy Upper-Class Writing Requirement

Has practical and theoretical goals: (1) to have students practice and improve their legal writing and editing skills; and (2) describe the structure, language and use of authority in legal writing, emphasizing how legal grammar changes depending on the writer's goal and the needs of the audience. Each student is expected to complete a series of writing exercises designed to simulate the types of writing typically required of attorneys. The submissions for these exercises are either evaluated by the instructor(s) or used as a vehicle for the students to engage in self-evaluation of their own work.

American Indian Law (7810)
Professor Bethany Berger
Enrollment Limit: 18 Students
2 credits

Library 518
01/04/16 - 01/15/16  •  M-F 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
No Exam
May satisfy the Statutory/Regulatory course requirement

This course explores the foundational doctrines governing the legal and political relationship between Indian tribes and federal and state governments. The history of federal Indian law and policy, tribal property rights, congressional plenary power, tribal sovereignty, and jurisdiction in Indian Country are the major topics covered in this course. Our study of these topics will include consideration of important contemporary laws such as the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal recognition regulations, and land claims settlement acts affecting the Indian tribes of Connecticut. Student grades will be based on a ten page research opinion on a topic assigned by the instructor.

Intellectual Property Historical Perspectives (7868)
Professor Steven Wilf
Enrollment Limit: 18 Students
1 credit
Library 422
01/05/16 - 01/07/16 AND 01/12/16 -01/14/2016  •  TWTH 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
No Exam
Pass/Fail Grading Option

This seminar course will cover the development of intellectual property in the United States, including trade secrets, trademark, copyright, right of publicity, and patent law, from their early modern origins until the current period.  We will examine such subjects as comparisons with European intellectual property systems, the creation of the Copyright and Patent clause in the United States Constitution, intellectual property piracy, the judicial construction of fair use and the public domain, shifting definitions of subject matter, the significance of intellectual property to industries such as pharmaceuticals and Hollywood, the emergence of international intellectual property frameworks through bilateral treaties and multi-national conventions,  public debates about the role of intellectual property as monopoly, the growth of celebrity, and the place of copyright in a digital age. The readings will consist of articles, essays, and books.  This class is conceived as a reading course, and a special emphasis will be placed upon thoughtful class discussion. Grading is based upon short response papers, and there is no exam. Students are not required to have taken previously any intellectual property or legal history.  

Legal Regulation of Art and Public Culture (7889)
Professors Kate and Peter McGovern
Enrollment Limit: 18 Students
2 credits
Knight 215
01/04/16 - 01/15/16  •  M-F 4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
No Exam

This course focuses largely upon public law issues surrounding the legal regulation of art, assigning particular attention to the problem of balancing the interests of owners, visual and performance artists, and the public in creating a system of legal governance. Among the topics examined are the protection of art works through existing intellectual property regimes; obscenity, parody, and defamation; artists' moral and economic rights; museum board fiduciary responsibilities and deaccession; government funding for the arts; reparation of stolen art; cultural property and issues of cultural identity; and the challenge of new technologies for art law. International and comparative aspects of art law will be addressed. The seminar is neither an entertainment law course nor a survey of private art law practice.