2018 Spring Residential Classes

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ENV5105/Administrative Law

Administrative law is the law relating to administrative agencies, which almost every practicing lawyer or policy advocate encounters at one or more points in her career.  This class focuses on federal agencies - what they are (executive or independent), what they do (adjudicate, regulate, or investigate), and what constrains their authority (the Constitution, Congress, and the judiciary).  Lawyers and policy advisors who work for agencies, regulated industries, and public interest groups should understand these basic principles of administrative law in order to work as effective advocates.

Professor(s)

Michael Dworkin

Semester

2018 Spring

WRI7360/Advanced Appellate Advocacy

Professor(s)

Elizabeth Tisher

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2018 Spring

CRI7305/Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

Spring 2018 Topic: Police Use of Force This seminar undertakes an intensive and comprehensive examination of the constitutional, legal, procedural, and public policy issues surrounding a topic in criminal law. The specific topic varies from semester to semester and is detailed in the class description below. For spring 2018 the seminar will focus on Police Use of Force, to include a review of recent high-profile cases.

Professor(s)

Robert Sand

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9437/Advanced Energy Clinic

The Advanced Energy Clinic explores at an advanced level, the practical aspects of real world energy projects from the stage of conceptualization, development, contracting, financing, regulatory approval and construction. Students will be further exposed to the state and federal statutes, rules, tax codes, and ordinances that apply to the development of energy projects particularly those that promote sustainability at the community level. Students will also review and/or develop purchased power and other commercial agreements governing these projects.

Professor(s)

Kevin B. Jones

Semester

2018 Spring

RES7344/Advanced Legal Research

This seminar builds on the introduction to legal research course by expanding students’ knowledge of available resources and research strategies. The seminar covers topics such as statutory law including legislative history, administrative law, municipal law, and case law as well as secondary sources not covered in the introductory course. In the final weeks, the seminar reviews specialized resources for topics such as international law, tax law, and company research.

Professor(s)

Jane Woldow

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9336/Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic - 6 Credits

Students will further develop their understanding of law, broad philosophical, economic and scientific underpinnings of their work, and lawyering skills introduced in their initial SRLC experience. Students will be expected to take greater responsibility for cases and to mentor novice clinicians.

Enrollment is by permission of the clinic director.

Credits awarded are appropriate for the number of clinic hours worked.

Professor(s)

James C. May

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9339/Advanced South Royalton Legal Clinic - 9 Credits

Students will further develop their understanding of law, broad philosophical, economic and scientific underpinnings of their work, and lawyering skills introduced in their initial SRLC experience. Students will be expected to take greater responsibility for cases and to mentor novice clinicians.

Enrollment is by permission of the clinic director.

Credits awarded are appropriate for the number of clinic hours worked

Professor(s)

James C. May

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5401/Agricultural Environmental Law

This course is one of the foundational courses of the agriculture and food law and policy curriculum. Land used for agricultural purposes accounts for nearly 52% of the total land area of the United States--the largest category of land use by far. Given the shear mass of lands devoted to agriculture, any serious attempt to address environmental problems must include resource management on agricultural lands. However, the story of law’s treatment of agriculture from an environmental perspective is complex and, at times, one of omission.

Professor(s)

Laurie Ristino

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5205/Air Pollution

The focus of this course is the Clean Air Act, which has been the primary tool employed to regulate climate change at the federal level. This course will cover the major regulatory approaches embodied in the Clean Air Act, including health-based ambient standards, technology-based standards, joint state-federal implementation under the principle of "cooperative federalism," direct EPA regulation using industry-by-industry approaches, pollution trading programs, permitting, and enforcement.

Professor(s)

Jessica Scott

Semester

2018 Spring

GPP7823/Bankruptcy and Collections

This course is an introduction to consumer bankruptcy, Vermont foreclosure practice and collection. The students learn the basic differences between the chapters of the bankruptcy code, and the impact a bankruptcy may have on the circumstances facing prospective clients. The students also gain some insight as to how a bankruptcy filing or foreclosure might impact other matters such as domestic relations, estates, collections and other civil litigation.

Professor(s)

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2018 Spring

WRI7352/Bar Exam Skills and Tactics

Bar Exam Skills & Tactics (“BEST”) is a three-credit course designed to provide students with the analytical, test-taking, writing, and study skills that are critical to students' success on the bar exam. This is done through an intensive substantive and analytical review of subjects covered on the multistate bar exam, multistate essay exam, and multistate performance test. BEST is an interactive course in which students are expected to study independently, complete essay and multiple choice assignments, and create study tools to be used during bar study.

Professor(s)

Joe Brennan

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2018 Spring

REQ7105/Civil Procedure II

Professor(s)

Sean Nolon

Semester

2018 Spring

DIV7606/Civil Rights Seminar

Professor(s)

Clara Gimenez

Semester

2018 Spring

GPP7810/Commercial Transactions

Advice to clients respecting commercial transactions, that is, as to binding agreements between parties of all sorts involving the transfer of goods and services, lies at the core of the private practice of law. This course is an introduction to the negotiation, drafting, performance and enforcement of such agreements in a "real world" context, with a particular emphasis on the interpretation and understanding of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, with at least a nod to U.C.C. Articles 9 (secured transactions) and 3 (negotiable instruments) as they impact on these transactions.

Professor(s)

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2018 Spring

ENV5306/Comparative Environmental Law Research

This seminar is a research and writing seminar that will provide a framework and faculty supervision for students to engage in comparative environmental law research. The seminar will provide opportunities for students to work on U.S.-China environmental law research projects that will provide technical assistance to partners who engage in environmental advocacy and environmental law reform in China.

Professor(s)

Yanmei Lin

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7407/Comparative Law: Comparative Legal Systems

The classic distinction between Common Law and Civil Law has grown less significant in the 21st century as national legal systems influence each other across borders and globally. Both traditions have given rise to many national legal systems around the world, each of which has evolved into a unique blend of legislation, codification, constitutional and judicially influenced law. The legacy of France's Code Civil continues to evolve in dozens of countries worldwide, including many in South America.

Professor(s)

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2018 Spring

REQ7112/Constitutional Law

Professor(s)

Greg Johnson, Peter Teachout

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2018 Spring

BUS6235/Corporations

This course covers how to organize a business enterprise from a legal perspective. We compare the strengths and limitations of different structures for businesses, including sole-proprietorships, general partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. Supplementing the casebook, we learn about business financing, management and shareholder activism, by following in real-time the activities of ten large US corporations. We also study the law of agency, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Professor(s)

Jennifer Taub

Semester

2018 Spring

REQ7140/Criminal Law

Professor(s)

Margaret Martin Barry, Philip N. Meyer

Semester

2018 Spring

CRI7350/Criminal Law Clinic

This course gives students the opportunity to experience criminal practice in either prosecution or defense settings under the close supervision of our distinguished practitioner-faculty members. Students will be placed in the prosecution, defense or appellate defense practice settings, and will receive classroom instruction once per week for two hours covering foundational aspects of Vermont criminal.

Professor(s)

Anna Saxman '85

Semester

2018 Spring

CRI7307/Criminal Practice and Procedure

The course will focus on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Students will examine the constitutional principles of criminal procedure and how those principles are actually utilized in practice. This course will give students the basic understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of constitutional criminal law and procedure while at the same time learning the practical application of theory to practice.

Professor(s)

Anna Saxman '85

Semester

2018 Spring

JUR7307/Culture and the Environment

To understand global environmental problems, environmental professionals and lawyers must study how different cultures and societies conceptualize and manage the environment. This interdisciplinary seminar will combine the study of cultural ecology, the cross-cultural study of the interaction of humans and the environment with legal anthropology, and the cross-cultural study of conflict. The first part of the course will examine the archaeological roots of the modern ecological degradation in the development of agriculture, urbanization and industrialization.

Professor(s)

Joan Vogel

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6371/Cyber Security

Organizations and individuals face a multitude of complex threats to confidentiality, availability and integrity of their data and other information in today’s cyber environment. These threats, as well as regulatory requirements, customer privacy concerns, organizational objectives and culture, are key considerations for the development of sound cybersecurity law. eLawyering: Cybersecurity provides in-depth examination of the law dealing with the security of information and data and its corresponding technology.

Professor(s)

Jeannette Eicks

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9405/Dispute Resolution Clinic I

This clinical offering trains students to mediate. While training, students observe and will later conduct mediations in various Vermont and New Hampshire courts. The course begins with an intensive skills session in the form of a day-long training session scheduled for Saturday, January 6th before the start of spring classes. Attendance at this session is MANDATORY. Students interested in taking the course MUST attend the Saturday session. No exceptions can be made. There will also be one Saturday training session, presently scheduled for February 3rd.

Professor(s)

Robin Barone

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6245/Employment Law

Examines areas of federal and state labor law which regulate the employment relationship and which provide minimum protection outside of collective bargaining. Major topics considered include wrongful discharge, post-employment liability, employee privacy, genetic and drug testing, employment discrimination, and wage and hour law. Method of evaluation: Final exam

Professor(s)

Joan Vogel

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6246/Employment Law Practice

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2018 Spring

CLI9427/Energy Clinic

Through this course students will be introduced to the practical aspects of real world energy projects. Students will become involved in some aspect of the development or evaluation of real life energy projects (e.g. solar PV, energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure) and may have the opportunity to support the legal and policy requirements of a particular project or through the development of model legal documents to facilitate future projects.

Professor(s)

Kevin B. Jones

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5228/Energy Regulation and the Environment

This course builds on the fall course Energy Law and Policy in a Carbon-Constrained World. The course exposes students to the legal, economic, and environmental policy issues involved in both energy regulation and competitive energy markets, focusing on electricity. The course examines the evolution, theory and techniques of rate of return regulation and explains how utilities are regulated, including alternative regulatory models.

Professor(s)

Kevin B. Jones

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9302/Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic functions as a public interest environmental law firm with a collegial atmosphere that encourages interaction and feedback among students and Clinic faculty. Under the supervision of experienced environmental attorneys, student clinicians represent community groups and conservation organizations in real-world cases and projects.

Professor(s)

Semester

2018 Spring

ADR6415/Environmental Dispute Resolution

Resolving environmental disputes is notoriously difficult. These conflicts involve multiple parties, complicated factual matters and typically resist simple solutions. In this course, students will explore these characteristics, investigate the full range of processes available to manage environmental disputes and assesses relevant policy and practical considerations of process selection. Over the course of the semester, we will compare the use of adversarial and collaborative processes in environmental disputes and explore the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

Professor(s)

Martha Judy

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5220/Environmental Economics and Markets

The course introduces students to the discipline of environmental economics and exposes them to debates over the use of market-based instruments in environmental, energy, and climate policy. It introduces students to basic economics and finance concepts, examines key principles about market behavior and efficiency, and applies these basic elements and concepts to common environmental problems. Economic concepts are applied to environmental and natural resource policy areas including water resources, energy, food and agriculture, land use, forests, as well as, air and water pollution.

Professor(s)

Kevin B. Jones

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5305/Environmental Ethics

This seminar examines the values and ethical assumptions in problem solving about the environment, enabling students to perfect their reasoning about environmental law and policy. It introduces various ethical approaches to resolving environmental problems, including: intrinsic value, biocentrism, utilitarianism, eco-feminism, deep ecology, social ecology, eco-centric, and religious/spiritual.

Professor(s)

Reed Elizabeth Loder

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5115/Environmental Law

This is a survey course that will introduce students to the basic concepts of U.S. environmental law. Students will trace the development of this complex and diverse body of law from its common law origins through the development of modern statutory and regulatory programs.

Professor(s)

Mark Latham

Semester

2018 Spring

FAM7711/Estate Planning Practice Lab

Professor(s)

Gary Brooks

Semester

2018 Spring

FAM7710/Estates

This course examines the statutory and judicial rules governing the gratuitous transfer of property. This includes transfers by gift, intestate succession, wills, trusts, and other non-probate mechanisms.

Professor(s)

Stephanie Willbanks

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7414/European Union Law - Trento

This unique one-credit hour course offers students an opportunity to study European Union law at the University of Trento Law School in northern Italy during the week of Spring Break. The course consists of a series of seminars, taught by Italian law professors who are recognized experts in EU law, on specialized aspects of European Law. Topics vary from year to year but normally cover matters of contemporary importance such as immigration policy, terrorism, the rise of populist nationalist groups, and Brexit and its fall-out.

Professor(s)

Peter Teachout

Semester

2018 Spring

LIT7210/Evidence

Professor(s)

Clara Gimenez

Semester

2018 Spring

LIT7211/Evidence Lab

Professor(s)

Larry Novins, Mary Kay Lanthier

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9428/Food and Agriculture Clinic

Clinic: In the Food and Agriculture Clinic, students collaborate with local, regional, national and international partner organizations to develop and publicly disseminate law, policy and market tools that provide guidance to food system constituencies, including farmers, food entrepreneurs, consumers, legislators, and advocates, on how to advance law, policy and market initiatives that directly or indirectly promote (1) environmentally and economically sustainable agriculture, (2) public health, (3) food access and food security, (4) local and regional agriculture economies and (5) animal

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2018 Spring

CLI9429/Food and Agriculture Clinic - Seminar

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2018 Spring

ENV5380/Food Regulation and Policy

The modern food system, from farm to fork, has given rise to profound health, environmental, social, and cultural consequences. Considering these consequences as a series of law and policy issues, this course will address a host of topics: food safety, production, obesity, nutrition, sustainability, food deserts, labeling, marketing, trade, biotechnology, private standards and certification, and local food and the relationship between the state, local and federal governments regarding the regulations of food.

Professor(s)

Laurie Beyranevand '03

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5375/Global Energy Justice

This course revolves around a central questions: how can justice theory help people make meaningful decisions about the production, the delivery, the use and the effects of energy?

Professor(s)

Michael Dworkin

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7451/Human Rights Field Study - UN-Geneva

This one-credit field study of a week at the United Nations in Geneva enables students to observe first-hand the work of the U.N. Human Rights Council, and to meet in person with U.N. Special Rapporteurs, NGO advocates, staff attorneys in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, state delegations to the U.N. and, if one or more U.N. human rights treaty bodies are in session at that time, members of those treaty bodies. Through first-hand observation and direct interaction, students deepen their understanding of the U.N.

Professor(s)

Stephanie Farrior

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7415/Immigration Law

Covers the basics of immigration law; family and employment-based immigration categories; citizenship issues, grounds of inadmissibility/deportability; detention; removal and relief from removal. Special emphasis is placed on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and humanitarian relief under asylum law and under the Violence Against Women Act.

Professor(s)

Erin Jacobsen

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6255/Income Taxation

This course is an introduction to federal income taxation. Topics include: the concept of income; exclusions from income; deductions and credits available to individual non-business taxpayers and business taxpayers; sales and other dispositions of property; capital gains and losses; and tax policy. Class discussion focuses on applying the Internal Revenue Code and other legal authority to problems. Method of evaluation: Class participation, written projects, and final examination.

Professor(s)

David B. Firestone

Semester

2018 Spring

DIV7628/Indian Tribes as Government Stewards of the Environment

This course examines the unique body of law governing “Indian country,” the geographic areas recognized by the federal government as the homelands of sovereign American Indian tribes, and tribal environmental authority over those areas. Major topics include the history of federal-tribal relations, tribal property and land rights, tribal court systems, and the balance of governmental power between tribes, states, and the federal government.

Professor(s)

Hillary Hoffmann

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6260/Intellectual Property

Professor(s)

Oliver R. Goodenough

Semester

2018 Spring

LIT7318/Intensive Trial Practice

Professor(s)

Larry Novins

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7421/International Environmental Law and Policy

This course provides an introduction to the structure and basic principles of international environmental law (IEL) and to IEL’s place in international and domestic legal systems. Specific topics include global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, transboundary pollution, the law of the sea, and development and environment.

Professor(s)

Jessica Scott

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6360/Introduction to eLawyering

This introductory course focuses on how new technologies affect the practice of law. Topics are segmented in to three discrete areas of study: Virtual Law Practice; Document Assembly and Expert Systems; and eDiscovery and Big Data. The virtual law practice section offers students a brief glimpse of the promise of virtual practice as well as the practical details and ethical considerations of setting up such a practice.

Professor(s)

Jeannette Eicks

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9425/JD Externship - Part Time

The Part-Time JD Externship Program is a field-based externship in which student’s apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The part-time externship program is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced legal professional working with and within: government (state, federal and local), NGO's, non-profit organizations, corporations and law firms.

Professor(s)

Jeffry White

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9430/Judicial Externship

The Judicial Externship Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) in judicial chambers. The Judicial Externship is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced judge and judicial law clerk. The Judicial Externship will provide students the opportunity to learn about the process of judicial decision making by observing the function of a particular court while thinking about the management and administration of the court system.

Professor(s)

Jeffry White

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9431/Judicial Externship - Seminar

The Judicial Externship Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) in judicial chambers. The Judicial Externship is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced judge and judicial law clerk. The Judicial Externship will provide students the opportunity to learn about the process of judicial decision making by observing the function of a particular court while thinking about the management and administration of the court system.

Professor(s)

Jeffry White

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5239/Land Transactions and Finance

Lawyers and land use professionals, whether representing landowners, developers, regulators, development opponents, or land conservation organizations, need to understand the same basics of land use transactions, development and finance. This land use course, a companion to Land Use Regulation, addresses the private side of land use: how land is surveyed and divided, how its title recorded and insured, how its conveyance is contracted for and executed, and how land is developed.

Professor(s)

Marc Mihaly

Semester

2018 Spring

INT7412/Law of the European Union

Lawyers and land use professionals, whether representing landowners, developers, regulators, development opponents, or land conservation organizations, need to understand the same basics of land use transactions, development and finance. This land use course, a companion to Land Use Regulation, addresses the private side of land use: how land is surveyed and divided, how its title recorded and insured, how its conveyance is contracted for and executed, and how land is developed.

Professor(s)

Peter Teachout

Semester

2018 Spring

GPP7830/Legal Activism

This course examines the principles and practices of legal activism and lawyering for social change. Combining theoretical and practical approaches, the course uses historical and contemporary examples of political lawyering to expose students to a wide variety of mechanisms for effective advocacy including impact litigation, legislative advocacy, community organizing, fund-raising and financing, education, media-strategies, civil disobedience and engagement.

Professor(s)

Jared Carter

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5342/Legal Adaptation to Global Warming

Adaptation is a necessary and unavoidable complement to mitigation measures required to address the challenge of climate change. Legal Adaptation to Climate Change addresses how rising sea levels, higher temperatures, changes in precipitation and other physical consequences of climate change will put pressure on established laws and legal institutions that were developed based on the assumption of a stable climate. The course will also explore potential new legal and policy tools for maintaining economic, social, political and environmental security in dramatically changing circumstances.

Professor(s)

John Echeverria

Semester

2018 Spring

REQ7170/Legal Methods

Professor(s)

Kerriann Stout

Semester

2018 Spring

REQ7125/Legal Writing II

Professor(s)

Beth McCormack, Brian Porto, Jared Carter, Sarah North

Semester

2018 Spring

PUB7525/Legislative Clinic

Professor(s)

Michele Childs

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5381/Local Farm and Food Law in Practice

Professor(s)

Beth Boepple

Semester

2018 Spring

ADR6413/Mediation Advocacy

​THIS IS AN INTENSIVE COURSE TO BE OFFERED OVER THE COURSE OF 4 DAYS. Working with a mediator to help clients resolve cases is an essential skill for the modern lawyer.  Mediation Advocacy will allow students to examine the theory and practice of how to be effective advocates for their clients in the mediation setting.  Students will develop this competency by exploring the various models of mediation.

Professor(s)

Donald "Tad" Powers

Semester

2018 Spring

GPP7815/Municipal Law

Representing a client at the municipal level is a challenge like no other in the law. A good attorney must be prepared for everything in forums that occasionally rely more on group sentiment and politics than procedure and rigor. Yet, municipal work is often the most rewarding as the work here as immediate and profound impacts on the community. This course is an introduction to the various issues faced by lawyers representing local government entities. Students will become familiar with the procedures for challenging or defending actions taken by municipalities.

Professor(s)

Daniel Richardson

Semester

2018 Spring

PUB7586/Municipal Law Lab

Professor(s)

Daniel Richardson

Semester

2018 Spring

ADR6420/Negotiation

THIS IS AN INTENSIVE COURSE TO BE OFFERED OVER THE COURSE OF 4 DAYS.  The designated days are: February 2, February 3, February 16 and February 17

Professor(s)

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5346/New Frontiers in Environmental Policy

This is a capstone course for the water curriculum. It will involve a weekly class seminar and two day-long field trips, a major paper, and a presentation. We have managed to create a dizzying patchwork of water management laws that span local, state and federal jurisdictions. We manage ground and surface water, point and non-point source pollution differently. We have a TMDL process that in many key respects remains unenforceable in court.

Professor(s)

Melissa Scanlan

Semester

2018 Spring

REQ7265/Professional Responsibility

Professor(s)

Margaret Martin Barry

Semester

2018 Spring

REQ7160/Property

Professor(s)

Reed Elizabeth Loder, John Echeverria

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2018 Spring

ENV5903/Public Land Management

This class focuses on the philosophy, history, legal governance and management controversies surrounding our 191 million acres of National Forests. We’ll cover diverse topics ranging from the philosophy of Wilderness management to logging, over-use by recreationists and the ever-present management challenges posed by climate change.

Professor(s)

Jack Tuholske

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5240/Real Estate Lab

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Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5350/Risk Assessment

Learn about risk assessment by living it. In this class, the instructor and students will work together to write a comment letter, petition, white paper and/or FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request.

Professor(s)

Craig Pease

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6280/Sales

This course covers primarily Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Article 2 governs sales of goods. Coverage includes formation and modification of contracts for sale, Article 2's statute of frauds, warranties, and risk allocations when goods are stored or transported, breach, remedies for sellers and buyers, and contractual limitations on remedies. The course will include references to consumer rights as well as comparisons between the common law of contract and the Code's rules and concepts. Method of evaluation: Final exam

Professor(s)

David B. Firestone

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6285/Secured Transactions

This course is an examination of the structure of the law of security interests in personal property from both practical and economic perspectives. It examines the interests of all parties in secured transactions, particularly as a way of financing business. The focus of the course is on statutory analysis and problem-solving. Method of evaluation: Final exam

Professor(s)

Joan Vogel

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6290/Securities Regulation

This course introduces students to the federal laws and regulations designed to protect investors in the U.S. We identify the registration and disclosure requirements for securities offerings as well as the ongoing disclosure and other requirements associated with secondary market distribution. We explore the context and content of the first federal securities law of the 1930s through the most recent law affecting the financial markets, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

Professor(s)

Jennifer Taub

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9411/Semester in Practice

The Semester in Practice (SiP) Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The SiP is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced legal professional who are experienced lawyers or professionals with a JD (where appropriate) who work with and within: government (state, federal and local), NGO's, non-profit organizations, corporations and law firms.

Professor(s)

Jeffry White

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9412/Semester in Practice - Class

The Semester in Practice (SiP) Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The SiP is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced legal professional who are experienced lawyers or professionals with a JD (where appropriate) who work with and within: government (state, federal and local), NGO's, non-profit organizations, corporations and law firms.

Professor(s)

Jeffry White

Semester

2018 Spring

DIV7615/Sexual Orientation

In 1960 all fifty states had sodomy laws.  The mere imputation of homosexuality ruined careers and was considered so damaging that it was defamation per se.  Today, same-sex marriage is legal everywhere.  Almost half the states, and most major municipalities, protect the LGBT community from employment and housing discrimination.  What accounts for this extraordinary change in society's attitude toward homosexuality and gender identity?  We will ponder this question as we explore the historical and contemporary relationship between sexual identity and the law.  Topi

Professor(s)

Greg Johnson

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6262/Social Enterprise Law

This course examines wide range of legal structures that social and environmental enterprises currently use to accomplish their missions—nonprofit organizations, traditional for-profits, L3Cs, benefit corporations, cooperatives and other business forms that place missions such as "Planet" and "People" ahead of or on an equal footing with "Profit." The course contemplates the advantages and disadvantages of using these forms to accomplish these missions, how they should be adopted or modified, and whether society should devise other structures to further these missions.

Professor(s)

Oliver R. Goodenough

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9315/South Royalton Legal Clinic - Class

Classroom component: Fall 2017-- two sections, students must attend one of the following daily for the first 3 weeks: 8:30 -- 9:45 AM or 2:10 -- 3:25 PM. NOTE: For both Fall sections, classes are held as scheduled Monday – Friday for the first 5 weeks. There are 5 consecutive class days to start; after that 11 (eleven) class days are spread throughout the following 4 weeks. Registration: You must apply to enroll in SRLC through the VLS Clinical Communication application system.

Professor(s)

James C. May

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9310/South Royalton Legal Clinic - Full Time

Students work on a variety of civil cases, representing persons unable to afford private counsel. Cases are in such areas as Social Security; income maintenance; unemployment compensation; domestic relations; bankruptcy; landlord-tenant relations; consumer protection; juvenile law; representation of children; immigration; and assistance to prisoners. Student practice rules in state/federal courts allow students to file pleadings, conduct discovery, and make court appearances with the consent of the court and under attorney sponsorship.

Professor(s)

James C. May

Semester

2018 Spring

CLI9312/South Royalton Legal Clinic - Part Time

Students work on a variety of civil cases, representing persons unable to afford private counsel. Cases are in such areas as Social Security; income maintenance; unemployment compensation; domestic relations; bankruptcy; landlord-tenant relations; consumer protection; juvenile law; representation of children; immigration; and assistance to prisoners. Student practice rules in state/federal courts allow students to file pleadings, conduct discovery, and make court appearances with the consent of the court and under attorney sponsorship.

Professor(s)

James C. May

Semester

2018 Spring

PUB7593/State and Local Government

The majority of law and policy professionals will operate primarily in arenas controlled by state and local law. This is especially true in a period marked by federal paralysis, where state and local governments are taking the initiative in environmental, social and economic arenas. This course examines the range of state and local government authority, as well the constitutional, statutory and practical limitations on its exercise.

Professor(s)

Marc Mihaly

Semester

2018 Spring

JUR7323/The Law and Popular Culture

Students work on a variety of civil cases, representing persons unable to afford private counsel. Cases are in such areas as Social Security; income maintenance; unemployment compensation; domestic relations; bankruptcy; landlord-tenant relations; consumer protection; juvenile law; representation of children; immigration; and assistance to prisoners. Student practice rules in state/federal courts allow students to file pleadings, conduct discovery, and make court appearances with the consent of the court and under attorney sponsorship.

Professor(s)

Philip N. Meyer

Semester

2018 Spring

LIT7220/Trial Practice

This course covers the important aspects of a trial, including jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examination, exhibits, objections, expert witnesses, and closing arguments. Each week students are assigned problems which present specific advocacy issues and which require role playing and examination of witnesses. The course culminates in a full, simulated trial. This is a “learn by doing” course and requires active class participation. Prerequisite: Evidence; may NOT be taken concurrently.

Professor(s)

Kevin Griffin, Jordana Levine

Semester

2018 Spring

BUS6331/US Amateur Sports Law

This course introduces students to the legal issues raised by the operation of professional sports leagues, labor relations in professional sports, and the regulation of sports agents. Beyond that, students will consider issues of racial equity, gender equity, health and safety, and intellectual property that arise in professional sports. Method of evaluation: client-advice letter and a research paper (AWR yes for research paper)

Professor(s)

Brian Porto

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5246/Water Quality

​This course takes an in depth look at the Clean Water Act and related statutes such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (“Ocean Dumping Act”) and the Coastal Zone Management Act. Common law remedies are also considered. Guest speakers will provide additional perspectives.
 
Method of Evaluation:  One commentary (1000 words) and take-home final take home.  
AWR (No)

Professor(s)

Semester

2018 Spring

ENV5250/Watershed Management and Protection

This is a capstone course for the water curriculum. It will involve a weekly class seminar and two day-long field trips, a major paper, and a presentation. We have managed to create a dizzying patchwork of water management laws that span local, state and federal jurisdictions. We manage ground and surface water, point and non-point source pollution differently. We have a TMDL process that in many key respects remains unenforceable in court.

Professor(s)

Melissa Scanlan

Semester

2018 Spring