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Adoption Law

Course Description:

This seminar explores the public and private law issues that arise during the adoption process.  We will explore the substantive legal issues surrounding the adoption process, including issues related to voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, involuntary termination of parental rights, cultural and religious issues surrounding adoption, legal and statutory requirements for a valid adoption, federal regulations, and …


Advanced Family Law Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar provides students with an opportunity to explore the complexities and future of Family Law. What is the field of Family Law about, and where did it come from? What are Family Law’s boundaries as field of “law” and legal studies? What other academic and professional disciplines does Family Law intersect with? How do …


Children & the Law

Course Description:

This course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children and the competing interests of their parents and the state in a variety of legal contexts, which include delinquency, status offense, abuse and neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings. Special attention is given to the jurisprudential, constitutional, legal, and social foundations for the construction …


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, …


Family Law

Course Description:

In this survey course, we will consider various aspects of the law of "the family," including state efforts and authority to regulate its creation, maintenance, and dissolution. Topics will thus include: marriage (and its contested boundaries), marital obligations, annulment, dissolution, divorce, reproduction, privacy, and inequality. A considerable portion of this course will be dedicated to …


Federal Income Tax

Course Description:

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles of Federal Income Tax. The principal subject areas include: (1) characteristics of income (what is included in income); (2) allowable deductions and exemptions; (3) timing issues; (4) income splitting; (5) preferential tax provisions including capital gains; and (6) brief examination of other methods of taxation including …


Immigration Law

Course Description:

This course will examine the law and policy concerning persons who want to come to the United States on a temporary or permanent basis and persons who are in the United States and want to stay. Also to be examined are the laws concerning obtaining and retaining lawful status, including citizenship. The approach to the …


Justice for Children Clinic

Course Description:

The course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children in a variety of legal contexts. As legal interns certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, students will each represent at least two juvenile clients. Cases may fall into any of the following areas of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special …


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 …


Sexual Violence Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar examines various theories of sexuality—both cross-sex and same-sex—and how they relate to notions of “sexual violence,” “sexual injury,” and “sexual harm.” How should these injuries be defined, and what efforts should (or must) the State undertake to regulate or eliminate them? Should sex-based harms be regulated by the State at all? If not …


Wills Trusts & Estates

Course Description:

An introductory course in family property law. Among the topics are: (1) the policy basis of inheritance and the changing character of intergenerational wealth transfer; (2) intestate succession; (3) the requirements for executing and revoking wills; (4) the rise of will substitutes, including joint accounts, joint tenancies, life insurance, pension accounts, and revocable trusts; (5) …