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Administrative Law

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A study of the administrative law process, concentrating upon the functions and procedures of federal administrative agencies and judicial review of agency actions. Specific topics will include the creation of agencies; their investigative, legislative, and adjudicatory power; and the control of agency action by the executive, legislative, and the judicial branches. Given the pervasive nature …


Climate Change Law and Policy

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Global climate change has quickly become one of the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges confronting the international community. This course will explore the social, legal, political, and scientific challenges involved in addressing and responding to climate change. The first part of the class will explore the underlying issue of climate change and the …


Energy Law

Course Description:

One of the most critical challenges facing the United States and the global community is how to ensure access to safe, reliable and clean sources of energy. This class provides students with an introduction to energy law, regulation and policy in the United States. The course offers students a broad overview of the historical development …


Environmental Law

Course Description:

This course is a survey course of U.S. environmental law, covering topics including environmental assessment, clean air, clean water, waste management, and endangered species. Along the way, we will consider questions of how best to regulate, issues of federalism, the role of citizens in environmental protection and law, the values, science, and policy that influence …


Federal Courts

Course Description:

The federal courts play a critical role in allocating power among the branches of the federal government (separation of powers), as well as the allocation of power between the federal government and the states (federalism). The course will explore these complex relationships in detail. Topics include the extent of federal judicial power and the ability …


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 …


Oil and Gas Law

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This course will study the law governing oil and gas ownership and development. It will include a study of related property law principles (such as the nature of a landowner’s interest in the oil and gas underlying his or her property, the rule of capture, and concepts of subsurface trespass and cotenancy), the provisions commonly …


Public Utilities Seminar

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The course examines the regulation and deregulation of utilities including: competition, trading, consolidations, effects on public service obligations, and municipal power and cooperatives.


Regulatory Compliance

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This course explores the theory, law and practice of regulatory compliance. Students will become familiar with the foundations of regulatory compliance, including legal underpinnings, ethics, and behavioral economics. Drawing on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and Federal Reserve rules, the course will explore the structure underlying compliance programs in both theoretical and practical applications, with a …