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Banking Law

Course Description:

A course on the formation, regulation, and governance of banking and related financial institutions. The course will have a significant focus on current developments, including the implications of the Dodd Frank Act, lending discrimination, and the convergence of banking with the securities, insurance, and other financial services industries. The course will examine “cyberbanking”, including issues related …


Business Associations

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the laws governing business entities. We will examine the structure and characteristics of modern business organizations, particularly publicly traded and closely held business corporations. Significant emphasis is placed upon the nature of the corporate governance system and the fiduciary obligations of directors and officers. A broad range of topics …


Business Bankruptcy

Course Description:

This course will provide a survey of business bankruptcy law, with emphasis on business reorganizations and liquidations under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Using problem sets, students will learn essential bankruptcy concepts, including: property of the bankruptcy estate; claims against the estate (secured, unsecured, priority, nonpriority); the operation of the automatic stay; the concept …


Commercial Paper

Course Description:

This course focuses on Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which deals with promissory notes and checking accounts. Topics for promissory notes include negotiability, holder in due course, co-signer liability, and conversion. The course reviews liability, endorsement, forgery and alteration, postdating and stop payment of checks, as well as the check …


Consumer Credit Seminar

Course Description:

This course examines issues associated with consumer credit, including statutory and judicial regulation, with particular emphasis on the problems of the poor consumer.


Contracts

Course Description:

Contracts is the body of law concerned with private agreements. The course focuses on when promises are given legal weight, how contracts are formed, when they are and are not enforced, what their terms mean, and what remedies are available when they are breached. In addition, students discuss contract negotiation and drafting, legal planning issues, …


Contracts II

Course Description:

Contracts II covers advanced topics in contract law including pre-contractual negotiation, interpretation, performance, breach, enforcement defenses, third party rights, and transactional drafting.


Debtor & Creditor

Course Description:

This course is about the rights and obligations of debtors and creditors when a debtor cannot or will not pay an obligation owned to the creditor. Students will learn what a debtor or creditor can do under state law (Ohio law emphasized), under federal non-bankruptcy law, and under the United States Bankruptcy Code. For example, …


Doing Business in China

Course Description:

This seminar will examine how multinational companies (MNCs) do business on the ground in China. The course will examine how MNCs set up a wholly or partially owned subsidiary in China, such as a wholly foreign owned enterprise or a joint venture. We will also examine most of the major issues for MNCs that have …


International Business Arbitration

Course Description:

International arbitration is the primary method of resolving disputes that arise out of international business transactions. The course examines the international arbitration process and the legal framework of private contract, national law, and international treaties in which it operates. The course is relevant to lawyers with either a transactional or a litigation practice in an …


Issues in Arbitration

Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the law and practice of arbitration. Arbitration is a binding method of dispute resolution. Parties typically agree to arbitrate disputes before they know what disputes are likely to arise between them. Arbitration has historically been used primarily in labor-management disputes and commercial disputes. More recently and quite controversially, arbitration …


Law and Economics

Course Description:

Why and when should property be privately owned? How can a legal system minimize the social costs of accidents? Should the state regulate pollution? If so, how? What is the socially appropriate punishment for a crime? Why do we even need the law of contract? What are the purposes of default rules? This course examines …


Legal Negotiations and Settlements

Course Description:

Study of the theory, law, and practice of transactional and settlement negotiations. Selected topics include: relationship of bargaining concepts to democratic theory; adversarial versus problem-solving negotiating frameworks; distributive versus integration negotiating issues; comparison of bargaining dynamics and advocate strategies deployed in 2-party negotiations and multi-party negotiations; representing clients in a facilitated negotiation; and ethical dilemmas …


Sales

Course Description:

An exploration of domestic and international sale and lease transactions, including consideration of issues relating to scope, contract formation, risk of loss, warranties and other performance standards, excused performance, and remedies. The focus of study will be on Article 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code and, to a lesser extent, the United Nations …


Secured Transactions

Course Description:

This course deals with credit transactions in which the collateral is personal property.  It focuses on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, but considers other parts of the U.C.C. as well pertinent parts of such statutes as the Bankruptcy Code and the Internal Revenue Code. We deal first with how credit works outside the …