Section ID   No.  Title                   Days       Course Times   Instructor
LAW 096 W01 00185 LRW & A I - Writing                                            
LAW 096 W02 00186 LRW & A I - Writing                                            
LAW 096 W03 00187 LRW & A I - Writing                                            
LAW 096 W04 00188 Lgl Rsch Writ & Anly I                                         
LAW 096 004 00017 Lgl Rsch Writ & Anly I   F        0800PM 0930PM                
LAW 096 001 00014 Lgl Rsch Writ & Anly I   F        1000AM 1130AM                
LAW 096 002 00015 Lgl Rsch Writ & Anly I   F        0200PM 0330PM                
LAW 096 003 00016 Lgl Rsch Writ & Anly I   F        0600PM 0730PM                
LAW 098 W01 00128 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W02 00129 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W03 00130 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W04 00131 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W05 00133 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W06 00135 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W07 00137 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W08 00139 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W09 00141 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W10 00143 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W11 00145 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W12 00147 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W13 00149 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W14 00151 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W15 00153 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W16 00155 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 W17 00157 Appellate Writing-Wrt                                          
LAW 098 001 00021 Appellate Writing        F        0800AM 1000AM                
LAW 098 002 00020 Appellate Writing        F        0800AM 1000AM                
LAW 098 003 00019 Appellate Writing        F        0800AM 1000AM                
LAW 098 004 00018 Appellate Writing        F        0800AM 1000AM REED, M P      
LAW 098 005 00132 Appellate Writing        F        1200PM 0200PM                
LAW 098 006 00134 Appellate Writing        F        1200PM 0200PM GIFFIN, J M    
LAW 098 007 00136 Appellate Writing        F        1200PM 0200PM                
LAW 098 008 00138 Appellate Writing        F        1200PM 0200PM                
LAW 098 009 00140 Appellate Writing        F        0530PM 0730PM DONOHUE, D J   
LAW 098 010 00142 Appellate Writing        F        0530PM 0730PM WOODRUFF, L    
LAW 098 011 00144 Appellate Writing        F        0530PM 0730PM                
LAW 098 012 00146 Appellate Writing        F        0530PM 0730PM                
LAW 098 013 00148 Appellate Writing        F        0530PM 0730PM SWENNES, R H   
LAW 098 014 00150 Appellate Writing        F        0800PM 1000PM                
LAW 098 015 00152 Appellate Writing        F        0800PM 1000PM GREGORY, R J   
LAW 098 016 00154 Appellate Writing        F        0800PM 1000PM                
LAW 098 017 00156 Appellate Writing        F        0800PM 1000PM STONE, L A     
LAW 102 001 00011 Contracts I              M        1000AM 1150AM BUCKLEY, F H   
LAW 102 002 00012 Contracts I              M        0600PM 0750PM BUCKLEY, F H   
LAW 104 001 00010 Property I               M        0200PM 0350PM CAMPOS, P      
LAW 104 002 00013 Property I               M        0800PM 0950PM CAMPOS, P      
LAW 108 001 00026 Lgl & Economic Concepts  W        1000AM 1150AM IPPOLITO, R    
LAW 108 002 00025 Lgl & Economic Concepts  W        0600PM 0750PM IPPOLITO, R    
LAW 110 001 00022 Torts                    TR       1000AM 1150AM GRADY, M       
LAW 110 002 00023 Torts                    TR       0300PM 0450PM HASNAS, J H    
LAW 110 003 00024 Torts                    TR       0600PM 0750PM HASNAS, J      
LAW 110 004 00053 Torts                    TR       0600PM 0750PM KRAUSS, M I    
LAW 112 001 00054 Civil Procedure          TR       0200PM 0350PM GREEN, M S     
LAW 112 002 00055 Civil Procedure          TR       1000AM 1150AM GREEN, M S     
LAW 121 001 00051 Constitutional Law       MW       0200PM 0350PM STEARNS, M L   
LAW 121 002 00052 Constitutional Law       MW       0600PM 0750PM STEARNS, M L   
LAW 151 001 00087 Aviation Law             M        0800PM 0950PM WALDEN, G S    
LAW 156 001 00027 Antitrust                WR       1030AM 1145AM LIEBELER, W    
LAW 163 001 00086 Adv Federal Civil Prac                                         
LAW 167 001 00088 Bankruptcy               MW       1030AM 1145AM ZYWICKI, T J   
LAW 172 001 00057 Business Associations    TR       0200PM 0350PM RIBSTEIN, L E  
LAW 172 002 00056 Business Associations    TR       0600PM 0750PM RIBSTEIN, L E  
LAW 179 002 00196 Legal Clinic                                                   
LAW 179 001 00080 Legal Clinic                                    KLEIN, S P     
LAW 181 001 00090 Communications Law       TW       0800PM 0915PM BERRESFORD, J W
LAW 186 001 00071 Conflict of Laws         TR       0400PM 0515PM O'HARA, E A    
LAW 186 002 00089 Conflict of Laws         TR       0800PM 0915PM O'HARA, E A    
LAW 194 001 00073 Corporate Acquisitions   T        0400PM 0550PM LASH III, W H  
LAW 198 001 00072 Corporate Tax            MW       1000AM 1115AM NEWTON, L L    
LAW 198 002 00093 Corporate Tax            MW       0615PM 0730PM NEWTON, L L    
LAW 202 001 00121 Corporate Track Thesis                          RIBSTEIN, L E  
LAW 205 W01 00168 Lit & Disp Res Theo-Wrt                                        
LAW 205 W02 00181 Lit & Disp Res Theo-Wrt                                        
LAW 205 001 00081 Lit & Dispute Res Theory M        0930AM 1200PM KOBAYASHI, B H 
LAW 205 002 00102 Lit & Dispute Res Theory M        0800PM 1030PM KOBAYASHI, B H 
LAW 206 001 00074 Criminal Procedure       TR       0200PM 0315PM O'NEILL, M     
LAW 206 002 00094 Criminal Procedure       TR       0615PM 0730PM O'NEILL, M     
LAW 207 001 00114 Advanced Criminal Proced R        0800PM 0950PM THACHER, J C   
LAW 210 001 00077 Discrimin in Employment  MW       0200PM 0315PM LUND, N R      
LAW 210 002 00095 Discrimin in Employment  MW       0600PM 0715PM LUND, N R      
LAW 218 W01 00162 Envir Reg I - Writing                                          
LAW 218 W02 00174 Envir Reg I - Writing                                          
LAW 218 001 00035 Environ Reg I            MW       0200PM 0315PM BERNSTEIN, D E 
LAW 218 002 00036 Environ Reg I            MW       0600PM 0715PM BERNSTEIN, D E 
LAW 219 001 00076 Estate & Gift Tax        MW       0430PM 0545PM WARD, R E      
LAW 222 001 00030 Evidence & Trial Proced  TR       0400PM 0515PM PARKER, J S    
LAW 222 002 00031 Evidence & Trial Proced  TR       0800PM 0915PM PARKER, J S    
LAW 226 001 00033 Federal Courts           MW       0215PM 0330PM ANTHONY, R A   
LAW 226 002 00034 Federal Courts           MW       0615PM 0730PM ANTHONY, R A   
LAW 231 001 00097 Government Contracts     T        0800PM 0950PM SMITH, L A     
LAW 236 001 00039 Income Tax               TR       0800PM 0950PM CHORVAT, T R   
LAW 238 001 00126 Independent Study                               HUBER, V M     
LAW 238 002 00127 Independent Study                               O'NEILL, M     
LAW 238 003 00190 Independent Study                               ANTHONY, R A   
LAW 238 004 00195 Independent Study                               JOHNSEN, D B   
LAW 242 001 00099 Insurance Law            R        0400PM 0550PM GILLESPIE, N C 
LAW 245 001 00101 Intl Commercial Transact M        0800PM 0950PM CAVANAUGH, J M 
LAW 249 W01 00163 Int'l Bus Econ-Writing                                         
LAW 249 W02 00177 Int'l Bus Econ-Writing                                         
LAW 249 001 00079 Int'l Bus Econ and Law   T        1000AM 1150AM JOHNSEN, D B   
LAW 249 002 00100 Int'l Bus Econ and Law   T        0800PM 0950PM JOHNSEN, D B   
LAW 250 001 00040 International Taxation   MW       0200PM 0315PM CHORVAT, T R   
LAW 251 W01 00164 Int'l Trk Thesis-Writing                                       
LAW 251 001 00078 International Trk Thesis                        LASH III, W H  
LAW 262 001 00191 Law Review                                                     
LAW 267 W01 00180 Ltr of Credit Lw-Writing                                       
LAW 267 001 00037 Letter of Credit Law     T        0800PM 0950PM BYRNE, J E     
LAW 271 W01 00169 Lit Track Thesis-Writing                                       
LAW 271 001 00032 Litigation Track Thesis                         PARKER, J S    
LAW 277 W01 00165 Lgl Clin-Ment Ill-Wrt                                          
LAW 277 001 00120 Lgl Clin-Mental Illness  T        1000AM 1150AM DAVOLI, J I    
LAW 278 001 00189 Moot Court                                                     
LAW 283 W01 00166 Lgl Clin-Public Int-Wrt                                        
LAW 283 W02 00179 Lgl Clin-Public Int-Wrt                                        
LAW 283 001 00068 Legal Clinic-Public Int  TR       1030AM 1145AM KAMENAR,       
LAW 283 002 00123 Legal Clinic-Public Int  TR       0600PM 0715PM KAMENAR        
LAW 284 001 00061 Patent Law I             F        0600PM 0750PM WITHERSPOON, J 
LAW 285 001 00104 Patent Infringe Remedies                        MEYERS, G      
LAW 288 001 00105 Patent Infringement      W        0600PM 0750PM LAZAR, D S     
LAW 289 W01 00192 Perspctves on Reg-Wrt                                          
LAW 289 001 00082 Perspctves on Regulation W        0600PM 0750PM MURIS, T J     
LAW 298 001 00060 Professional Responsibil F        1000AM 1150AM GILLESPIE, N C 
LAW 298 002 00107 Professional Responsibil W        0800PM 0950PM GILLESPIE, N C 
LAW 310 001 00083 Regulation/Food & Drugs  MW       1000AM 1115AM HOFFMAN, J E   
LAW 320 001 00047 Supervised Externship    R        1200PM 1250PM COSTELLO, J L  
LAW 321 001 00048 Supervised Externship    R        1200PM 1250PM COSTELLO, J L  
LAW 327 001 00108 Trademark Law            TR       0800PM 0915PM ST. LANDAU, N D
LAW 329 001 00059 Trial Advocacy           R        0600PM 0750PM SHERIDAN, P F  
LAW 329 002 00050 Trial Advocacy           M        0600PM 0750PM KLEIN, S P     
LAW 329 003 00084 Trial Advocacy           T        0600PM 0750PM DAVIS, M L     
LAW 330 001 00043 Trusts & Estates         MW       1030AM 1145AM COHEN, L R     
LAW 330 002 00044 Trusts & Estates         MW       0800PM 0915PM COHEN, L R     
LAW 334 001 00046 Virginia Practice        TR       0200PM 0315PM COSTELLO, J L  
LAW 334 002 00045 Virginia Practice        TR       0615PM 0730PM COSTELLO, J L  
LAW 346 W01 00194 Comparative Law-Writing                                        
LAW 346 001 00070 Comparative Law          TR       1000AM 1115AM ZAPHIRIOU, G A 
LAW 357 001 00103 Mental Illness Law       T        0600PM 0750PM STAVIS, P      
LAW 361 001 00066 Internet & On-Line Law   W        0600PM 0750PM MCNAMARA, B M  
LAW 362 001 00117 Lgl Clinic-Immigration                                         
LAW 363 001 00116 Employee Benefits        TR       0400PM 0515PM WEISS, D M     
LAW 401 W01 00158 Adv Admin Law Sem-Writ                                         
LAW 401 001 00049 Advance Admin Law Sem    M        0400PM 0550PM GELLHORN, E    
LAW 421 W01 00178 Int'l Envir Sem-Writing                                        
LAW 421 001 00063 Int'l Envir Law Sem      R        0800PM 1030PM LASH III, W H  
LAW 427 W01 00175 Health Law & Pol-Writing                                       
LAW 427 001 00098 Health Law & Policy Sem  W        0800PM 0950PM MURIS, T J     
LAW 443 W01 00170 Reg Track Thesis-Writing                                       
LAW 443 001 00085 Regulatory Trk Thesis                           MURIS, T J     
LAW 457 W01 00167 Legal Hist Sem-Writing                                         
LAW 457 001 00058 Legal History Seminar    T        0400PM 0550PM LIGGIO, L      
LAW 458 W01 00183 Pat & Know-How Sem-Wrt                                         
LAW 458 001 00106 Pat & Know-How Licen Sem R        0600PM 0750PM O'REILLY, D P  
LAW 461 001 00075 Econ of European Law Sem W        1000AM 1150AM                
LAW 466 W01 00159 Adv Const Law Sem-Wrt                                          
LAW 466 W02 00172 Adv Const Law Sem-Wrt                                          
LAW 466 002 00029 Adv Const Law Sem        MW       0800PM 0915PM BERKOWITZ, P   
LAW 466 001 00028 Adv Const Law Sem        MW       0400PM 0515PM BERKOWITZ, P   
LAW 469 W01 00160 Criminal Justice Sem-Wrt                                       
LAW 469 001 00041 Criminal Justice Seminar W        1000AM 1150AM CAMPOS, P      
LAW 470 W01 00173 Adv Info Tech Sem-Wrt                                          
LAW 470 001 00065 Adv Info Technology Sem  M        0600PM 0750PM ALLARD, N      
LAW 471 W01 00161 Elect Contract Sem-Wrt                                         
LAW 471 001 00109 Electronic Contract Sem  MW       0400PM 0515PM BYRNE, J E     
LAW 473 W01 00184 Rule of Law Sem-Writing                                        
LAW 473 001 00111 Rule of Law Seminar      M        0720PM 1000PM ZYWICKI, T J   
LAW 474 W01 00176 High Tech Empl Iss-Wrt                                         
LAW 474 001 00112 High Tech Empl Iss Sem   W        0800PM 0950PM WEISS, D M     
LAW 475 W01 00182 New Tech Sem-Writing                                           
LAW 475 001 00113 New Technologies Sem     T        0800PM 0950PM ABBOTT, A F    
LAW 476 W01 00171 Y2K Problem Sem-Writing                                        
LAW 476 001 00118 Y2K Prob:Law & Prac Sem  M        0830AM 1020AM SHERWOOD, J    
LAW 480 001 00193 Antitrust Policy Sem                                           
LAW 500 001 00122 Dean's Scholars Seminar                                        
LAW 510 001 00125 Scholarly Writing        S                      ZABEL, M       

Initial Course Assignments & New Course Descriptions: Fall 1999

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Please Note: Assignments and new course descriptions are provided by faculty on a voluntary basis for posting on the web. If your assignment is not listed, you are still responsible for checking the assignment bulletin boards in the Law School for your initial class assignment.

Many faculty members are using TWEN (The Westlaw Education Network) in their classes.

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Course Syllabus


Course Syllabus


Coursebook: Redish & Sherry, Federal Courts -- Cases, Comments and Questions (4th edition 1998)

You will also need a student edition federal code and rules compilation that includes the Judicial Code (28 U.S.C.) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Either the West 1999-2000 Educational Edition or the Foundation Press 1999 Students' Edition will suffice.

For Monday, August 23:  Casebook 658-679

PLEASE NOTE: Although this is the first day of classes, I expect students to be fully prepared on August 23 for a normal full discussion of the materials assigned for this class.

For Wednesday, August 25:  Casebook 679-705

For Monday, August 30:  Casebook 705-726, 273-274

For Wednesday, September 1:  Casebook 727-751


Short selections dealing with the fundamental premise of liberalism, the natural freedom and equality of all, will be distributed in class and discussed. Passages will be taken from Hobbes, Leviathan, Chaps. 13 - 14; Locke, Second Treatise, Chaps. 1- 4; the Declaration of Independence; Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals; Mill, On Liberty, Chaps. 1 and 2; and  Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844.


Fall 1999 (Prof. Bernstein)
Page blocks in Plater, Abrams, and Goldfarb, 
Environmental Law and Policy: Nature, Law and Society [NLS], (2d
PM=Photocopied materials to be purchased on the Copy Center

Students should register with *TWEN* at

Class 1: An introduction to environmental concerns; The ecological
perspective and its critics.
NLS 3-13
Reitze, It is Time for a New Beginning
Ayn Rand, *The New Left: Anti-Industrial Revolution* (pick up from
envelope outside my office)
Excerpts from Easterbrook, A Moment on Earth
Volokh, review of A Moment on Earth 

Class 2: Economics and the environmentNLS 16-23, 100-04
Paule Heyne: Ecology, Economics, and Ethics, chapter in *Taking the
Environment Seiously* (PM)
Adler, *Rent-Seeking Behind the Green Curtain*

BLANTON/FERNANDEZ, Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis I

William Blanton (Room 311, 993-8038)
Alexander Fernandez (Room 312, 993-8084)
Dean's Scholars

Required Texts

Alan L. Dworsky, Users Guide to the Bluebook (Rothman, rev. 1996)
C. Edward Good, Legal Research...Without Losing Your Mind (Word Store, 1993)
Harvard Law Review, The Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation (Harvard Law Review Association, 16th ed. 1996)
Robin S. Wellford, Legal Analysis and Writing (with Workbook) (Lexis Nexis) (Note: a CD-Rom is included with these books. We will not be working with the CD-Rom.)

Reading assignment for August 27, 1999

  1. Read pages 9-40 in Legal Research . . . Without Losing Your Mind.
  2. Recommended: review your Orientation reading (pages 7-25 in Legal Analysis and Writing).

Course Notes

  1. A syllabus and course rules will be posted on our web page this first week of class.
  2. Please bring your Legal Analysis and Writing text and workbook to class.
  3. Your LRWA Room and Dean's Scholar assignments will be posted outside of Room 312 on Friday, August 27. Check these listings before you go to your first class.
  4. If you missed your Orientation LRWA classes, you should contact Professors Blanton or Fernandez.


BLANTON/FERNANDEZ, Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis III

William Blanton (Room 311, 993-8038)
Alexander Fernandez (Room 312, 993-8084)
Adjunct Professors (contact information handed out on the first day of class)

Required Texts

Ruggero J. Aldisert, Winning on Appeal (National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1996).
Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell, Thinking Like a Writer (1992).

Reading and writing assignments for August 27, 1999

  1. Reading Assignment

    Required reading: pages 17-26, 41-53, 113-26, and 137-45 in Winning on Appeal.
    Suggested reading: pages 3-16, 103-12, 127-36 in Winning on Appeal.

  2. Writing Assignment

Prepare a resume and cover letter to be submitted to your Adjunct Professor in class. The cover letter should explain that you are seeking legal employment (summer, part-time, or permanent) and can be written to any potential employer.

Course Notes

  1. A syllabus and course rules will be posted on our web page the first week of class.
  2. Please bring your Aldisert text to class.
  3. Your LRWA Room and Adjunct Professor assignments will be posted outside of Room 311 on Friday, August 27. Check these listings before you go to your first class.
  4. Your appellate problem for the fall semester will be available on the web page the first week of class. You should bring a copy of the appellate record to class.


Read the David Hume and Charles Fried excerpts in the handout. You can purchase the handout at the School of Law Print Services.*

The Contracts casebook will be available in the School of Law Bookstore.**


Assignment for Initial Class Meeting

1.  Course materials include:

    • Various papers and articles which are maintained on reserve in a five volume looseleaf set of which there are three sets. These materials will be available for reference in class. Subject to copyright restrictions, they may be copied for personal use by students or checked out for use in the library.
    • Selected commercial statutes. Either the West or Foundation volume is satisfactory if it is 1998 or later. Please bring a copy to each class.
    • We will develop an electronic library of materials.

2.  The initial class session will focus on issues addressed in the looseleaf volume labeled "EDI: Introduction" which is on reserve. You may also wish to refer to Baum & Perritt, Electronic Contracting, Publishing, and EDI Law.

3.  Be prepared to discuss the following issues:

      1. What is "EDI" or Electronic Data Interchange? How does it differ from a legal perspective from telegraphic messages (or smoke signals)?
      2. What are the types of situations in which the utilization of electronic data methodology can facilitate commerce? How and why?
      3. What is electronic commerce?
      4. Is there a legally significant difference between consumer (e.g. internet) and commercial applications of EDI? What is it?
      5. What is an "electronic contract"? In what situations does an electronic contract occur?
      6. What issues are introduced into traditional bilateral contract law by electronic contracting?
      7. What are the other legal and practical issues which impact the use of EDI?

4.  Be prepared to discuss whether a class trip to NYC is desirable and feasible. To that end, kindly bring a calendar and be prepared to identify week days when such a trip could be undertaken.


Assignment for Initial Class Tuesday 22 August 1999

1. Materials are contained in Materials on Letter of Credit Law available from the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice ( or 1-301-869-9840). This collection contains texts which are not readily available elsewhere.

2. Cases to be used are listed in the Syllabus (available from the Faculty Secretary) and will be posted on West's TWEN so that many of them can be immediately accessed. The first class will address issues of scope. The cases for the first class session are:

Sources & Definitions

Kumagai-Zenecon Constr. Pte. Ltd. V. Arab Bank Plc
1997 SRL Lexis 152 (CA) (Singapore)

Petra International Banking Corporation v. First American Bank
758 F. Supp. 1120 (E.D. VA 1991)

Banca del Sempione v. Suriel Finance
852 F. Supp. 417 (D. MD 1994)

Banco General Ruminahui, S.A. v. Citibank
97 F.3d 480 (11th Cir 1996)

3. Please bring your calendars and be prepared to discuss whether it is desirable and feasible to visit with LC bankers and lawyers. 

See Course Syllabus


Read pp. 19-30 in Dukeminier & Krier, Property, 4th ed. This casebook will be available at the School of Law Bookstore.**


International Commercial Trans. (8:00 p.m. - Cavanaugh) will be held each Monday. The first class will begin August 30, 1999.

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Virginia Practice: Read Chap. 1 and 7 pages of Chap. 2 in the Outline.
Do readings assigned there.


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Casebook: INSURANCE LAW AND REGULATION, 2d ed., edited by Kenneth S. Abraham

In the Casebook: Read pages 1-5


Casebook: THE LAW AND ETHICS OF LAWYERING, 3d ed., edited by Hazard, Koniak and Cramton

In the Casebook: Read pages 1-20; review p. 156, (elements for the tort of legal malpractice);and come to class prepared to analyze Spaulding v. Zimmerman.

GRADY, TORTS - 10:00 a.m. section

Read pp. 1-10 in Chapter 1 of Cases and Materials on Torts, by Grady & Farnsworth. This coursebook must be purchased at Print Services.*

GREEN, CIVIL PROCEDURE (full-time students only)

The first assignment is a reading that will be available for purchase at the School of Law Print Services.* This first assignment will also be available on the web approximately 10 days before classes start. The website is:

HASNAS, TORTS  3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. sections

Read pp. 1-36 in Cases and Materials on Torts, by Prosser, Wade, and Schwartz. This casebook will be available in the School of Law Bookstore.*


If you are planning a career in intellectual property law, you may well wish to consider taking the GMUSL course in Regulation of Food and Drugs.

The U.S. pharmaceutical and medical-device industries are among the most research-intensive and IP-dependent industries in the country, and indeed in the world. If you practice with an IP law firm you may well be asked to work on matters in these industries, and if you seek to join a corporate patent or legal staff these industries offer many job opportunities. These industries also are the most pervasively regulated industries in the world. Virtually everything a pharmaceutical or device manufacturer does, from animal studies to human clinical trials to manufacturing to marketing to advertising, is closely regulated by FDA. In addition, special rules of patent law apply to pharmaceuticals, novel medical devices, and food additives. These special rules are closely intertwined with the regulatory provisions administered by FDA. For these reasons, any lawyer seeking to represent or advise an FDA-regulated manufacturer, and any lawyer employed by an FDA-regulated manufacturer in any capacity, including not just regulatory law but also contract negotiation or patent prosecution, or even in a "non-legal" management position, should be acquainted with the regulatory milieu in which the company operates. An efficient and effective way of doing that would be to take the GMUSL course in Regulation of Food and Drugs.

Course Materials

  1. Hutt & Merrill, Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (2nd ed. 1991) (available from Bookstore)
  2. FDLI, Compilation of Food and Drug Laws Supplement (1998) (available from Bookstore)
  3. Statutes Supplement prepared by instructor (available from Copy Center)
  4. Supplemental Course Materials prepared by instructor (available from Copy Center)

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Read pp. 61-88 and pp. 584-592 in Pindyck and Rubinfeld, Microeconomics, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 1998. This textbook will be available at the School of Law bookstore.**


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For the first class, please read pgs 230-280, Hamilton, Corporation Finance.


For the first class, please read pgs 1-35, D'Amato and Engel,  International Environmental Law Anthology.


There is no assignment for the first class (Monday, August 23, 1999).

For Wednesday, August 25, 1999, read Payne v. Western & Atl. R.R., 81 Tenn. 507 (1884). (The text of this opinion does not appear to be available on Westlaw or Lexis. Copies have been placed on reserve in the Library.)

There is no casebook for this course. Materials will either be accessible through The West Education Network (TWEN) or on reserve in the Library.


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First Assignment: Please read pages 1-22 of the assigned textbook (Lea Brilmayer, CONFLICT of LAWS, 4th ed.)


August 24: 1-30 (Saltzburg)
August 26:  31-68 (Saltzburg)



Course Materials. The only required material is the Waltz and Park casebook entitled Evidence (9th ed. 1995). The bookstore also has two optional items: (1) a pamphlet entitled West Group's Federal Rules of Evidence 1999-2000 Edition; and (2) the Mueller & Kirkpatrick hornbook on Evidence (Aspen: 2d ed. 1999). Neither is required, but the rules pamphlet is strongly recommended, because it reprints the texts of both the Federal Rules of Evidence and the California Evidence Code. While the Federal Rules and California Code also are reprinted in the back of the casebook (Appendices A-D), students will find that it is much more useful to have a separately bound copy of the rules and code to study alongside the casebook readings.

Class Meetings. This is a three-hour course that will meet twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays for both day and evening sections, in one session without a break. (See the posted schedule for exact meeting times and rooms.) Given the importance of oral advocacy in Evidence, student participation in class discussions will be stressed and is likely to affect your grade. A seating chart will be distributed at the first class meeting, so choose a location where you would like to stay for the remainder of the semester. The seating chart will be relied upon in determining your presence for purposes of class discussion.

Initial Reading Assignments and Syllabus. In preparation for our first meeting on Tuesday, August 24, read of Chapter 1 of the Casebook ("Making the Record") (pages 1-62), together with a review of the text of the Federal Rules of Evidence (Casebook Appendix A, or the rules pamphlet), which will be our primary model of evidence law throughout the semester, with the California Code (Casebook Appendix D) used as a secondary example of codified evidence rules. Familiarize yourself with the structure and content of the Federal Rules, and think about the functions of the advocate within the trial process.

At our second class meeting on August 26, we will begin a unit on relevance, consisting of Chapter 2 (Casebook pages 63-87) and Chapter 4.A (Casebook pages 361-75). Thereafter, we will continue with a unit on hearsay, covering all of Chapter 3 in the casebook, and then return to complete Chapter 4. A full syllabus giving reading assignments for the remainder of the semester will be distributed during the first week of classes.

Please note that the Chapter 2 materials include a series of short hypotheticals (Casebook pages 86-87) that you should analyze and be prepared to argue in class (on both sides of the issue). The use of the Casebook's hypotheticals as a focus for oral advocacy in class will continue throughout the semester.


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The materials in this course are Ribstein & Letsou, Business Associations, 3d ed (1996), the Document Supplement and the 1999 Supplement, all published by Matthew Bender. Assignments include the pages from the supplement that relate to the casebook assignment (only longer supplement assignments are noted below), as well as all relevant statutory and other material from the documents supplement.

The course grade is based primarily on the final exam, subject to possible downward revision for class preparation. All students must attend at least 80% of the classes in order to receive a grade in the course. My office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:45 and otherwise by appointment. To reach me, call 993-8041 and leave a message or email me at

I will post all notices concerning the class, including the Syllabus as revised from time to time and supplementary materials, on my web page, as well as on TWEN ( TWEN will also include discussion groups. You should register for this class on TWEN to receive email notices.

First Week Casebook Assignments

August 24: 1-20
August 26: Appendix 1


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The book is Gunther and Sullivan, Constitutional Law (13th edition) and the 1999 supplement. The reading assignment for Monday, August 23, is pp.1-29 and Appendix A (A1-A15) (the Constitution). The Supplement will probably not become available until around the beginning of next week, August 23.

Be sure to register for Professor Stearns' class on TWEN at


This course will examine the significant developments of mental health law over the last half-century. In what has been called the largest government-sponsored social movement in history, persons with severe mentally illness have be subjected to "deinstitutionalization" and "transinstitutionalization," i.e., moving out of treatment in psychiatric hospitals and into community treatment, or increasingly, into the country jails and prisons.

The course will study the activism of the judiciary in prescribing extensive due process procedures for certain psychiatric treatments as well as many statutory developments establishing rights of persons with mental illness. Some of the issues that will be covered include: civil commitment, rights to treatment and to refuse treatment, competency to stand trial, the insanity defense, psychiatric malpractice, governmental mental health bureaucracy, comparing the "medical model" against the "legal model" of psychiatric treatment, alternative dispute resolution methods to address some issues and the role of police, the role of hospitals and government in caring for persons with mental illness in the community and many others.

Three features of particular note in this course are:

  1. there will be a unique emphasis on the science of mental illness including current biological knowledge and behavior of persons with mental illness;
  2. there will be activities and student participation such as a moot court demonstration of a civil commitment hearing, a trip to a treatment program and a number of guest lecturers;
  3. this course is highly recommended as preparation for any student who desires to take the Law and Psychiatry Clinic Course.


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First Assignment:  §§ 1.1-1.5 (pps 1-15) of the Course materials, available in the copy

This course will examine the law governing employer-provided benefits to workers. Most of the course will be devoted to the regulation of private employer pension and health plans by ERISA. Topics covered will include ERISA's protections against wrongful discharge; fiduciary duties with respect to investment decisions; vesting and anti-forfeiture rules; preemption of state law; and employer disclosure obligations. We will also examine the extent to which firms can and cannot use pension funds to advance corporate purposes, and the course should therefore be of interest to students whose primary interest is corporate law as well as those focused on employment issues.

In addition, we will examine special provisions of various anti-discrimination statutes governing employee benefits. Statutes covered include Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The course will examine the merits of each of these statutes in advancing various public policy goals such as distributional fairness and cost effective provision of insurance and benefits.


In the first class we will review basic intellectual property doctrines used in the course. There is no required reading, but the following review materials are suggested:

UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Second Edition) Roger E. Schechter; III.Copyright §§A,B; V.Patents §§A-F; VI.Trade Secrets §A.
In bookstore.

Nimmer On Copyright; Chapter 8A. The Semiconductor Chip Protection Act Of 1984, § 8A.01; § 8A.02 ; § 8A.03.
On reserve in library, photocopies will be available in third floor reception area.

Highly skilled employees raise special legal issues. If a skilled employee invents something, who has the legal right to exploit that invention? How can employers protect their interests in their own proprietary information and processes?

These problems have long existed but have suddenly become of critical importance because of the growth of the high technology sector of the economy. Issues of employee invention also raise vital public policy concerns: What legal regime will best promote the innovation that drives economic growth?

This seminar will begin by examining the historical background and policy setting of employee and employer rights to intellectual property. We will then examine a series of specific issues including ownership of patents; copyright and the work for hire doctrine; employee duties of loyalty, covenants not to compete and other post-employment restraints; trade secrets; and tortious interference with contractual relations ("stealing" employees). The course has no prerequisites. Relevant intellectual property and employment doctrines will be covered, and students with a general interest in business law are encouraged to enroll.

The course requirements consist of a final writing project on a structured topic. Writing credit 


Comparative Law uses the comparative method to compare critically the provisions, policies and efficiency of our own legal system with those of foreign legal systems. It deals with the formation, reception, adaptation and reform of the two dominating systems of the world, the Civil Law and the Common Law, the resurgence of the Civil Law in the former communist countries, and the law of the remaining market socialist countries in the context of a global and free trade economy, presentation to and treatment by the federal and state courts of foreign law. It deals with the differences in procedure and the convergence of substantive law, with special focus on the law of agency, corporations, joint ventures, conflict of laws, the transnational resolution of disputes and the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards. Comparative law by means of the comparative method deepens the understanding of our own legal system, points the way to its reform and enables lawyers practicing in different countries to communicate with each other.

Textbook: Schlesinger, COMPARATIVE LAW, 6th ed.(1998) Foundation Press
First week: The Comparative Method pp. 3-51

September: Foreign Law in our Courts pp. 53-173

October: Procedure in Civil Law Countries pp. 375-582 

November: Agency, Corporations, Conflict of Laws pp. 853-965

At a date to be announced: Guest speaker on transnational dispute resolution ( arbitration, recognition and enforcement of foreign
judgments and arbitration awards).

Review and summing up.

Open book examination on December 8 at 6 p.m.: Five or six questions with answers limited in length and with specified maximum points for each.


Course Syllabus


Course Syllabus