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Employment and Labor Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment

Course Description:

This course offers skills and strategies for effective negotiation and mediation of employment disputes in non-union work environments. A summary of negotiation and mediation principles and best practices will be provided. Prior to negotiating and mediating settlements through interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes, Statutory or common law background knowledge …


Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar will focus on the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution in the context of the workplace, including arbitration and mediation. Issues involving both labor arbitration and arbitration of individual employee disputes will be addressed, as will issues relevant to the mediation of employment disputes.


Civil Law Clinic

Course Description:

Students take on a wide variety of civil matters pending in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases. The clinic’s cases represent a wide variety of areas of practice, from public interest and civil rights to consumer, personal …


Disability Discrimination

Course Description:

The seminar will emphasize the acquisition of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through traditional statutory and case law analysis. Students will complete a substantial written project on a topic covered by the ADA. Students can write a traditional seminar paper on a topic of their choice or work on a project to …


Employee Benefits

Course Description:

This course will focus on the legal issues surrounding the mandated or voluntary provision of benefits to employees by employers, including health and pension benefits. Issues that will be addressed include the scope of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as well as issues on non-discrimination, fiduciary obligations, and preemption of state laws relating to …


Employment Discrimination Law

Course Description:

A study of federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation,  national origin, religion, age, and disability.  We will focus on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of …


Employment Law

Course Description:

This course focuses on federal and state regulation of the employment relationship, including constitutional, statutory, and common-law restrictions on employer activities. Subjects covered include negligent hiring and retention, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, unemployment insurance, employer’s duty to provide a safe workplace, and compensation for employees injured on the job. The course does not include …


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 …


Labor Law

Course Description:

Federal regulation of labor-management relations in private sector, focusing upon employee organizational and representational rights; selection of bargaining representative; collective bargaining process; contract administration and enforcement; and the union’s duty of fair representation.


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 …


Mediation Clinic

Course Description:

The Mediation Clinic and Seminar provides opportunities to develop skills as a mediator, along with basic study of mediation law and policy issues. The course combines the features of a regular law school class, a clinic, and a seminar. For the clinical component, students will receive skills training through role plays and a videotape exercise, …


Privacy

Course Description:

In recent years there has been an explosion in laws relating to data privacy, driven by the growth of the Internet and public concerns about how sensitive data will be handled. This course will examine the legal, technological, and political developments that have occurred in the data privacy area. Topics will include: theories of privacy; …


Sexual Harassment Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar focuses on sexual harassment in the employment setting and in academic settings. We will start the semester with a discussion of the prevalence of sexual harassment and its causes and effects. We will then turn to the legal prohibitions of sexual harassment and study the standards that must be met for plaintiffs alleging …


Sexual Orientation and the Law

Course Description:

This course will survey the various legal issues facing gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.  The topics include:  regulation of sexuality and gender; liberty-equality debate; theories of sexuality, gender and the law; the workplace; families; parenting; education; and the military.  Students will be expected to contribute actively to the class discussion.  Twenty percent of the grade will …


The Employment Litigation Problem

Course Description:

This course centers on problem solving and the skills and professional judgment required in litigation work. This course will explore issues that confront lawyers throughout the litigation process. Students will address problems frequently associated with initial business intake, client expectations, and litigation strategy using a hypothetical suit alleging the theft of trade secrets. The simulation …


Workplace Bias: Theories & Debates Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar will explore the legal and interdisciplinary literature relating to contemporary claims of bias in the workplace, including theories of implicit bias, intersectionality theory, structuralist approaches and stereotyping and identity performance theories. In addition to studying various theories of bias, the reading will cover applied topics such as pay equity, appearance discrimination, cyberharassment, accommodation …