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Legislation and the Law of the Political Process

Administrative Law

Course Description:

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 …


American Legal History

Course Description:

This course explores the history of American law from 1607 to the present.  Among the most important topics examined in depth are: the reception of the English common law in the original thirteen colonies; constitutionalism and the American revolution; the Federalist era; the law’s role during the antebellum period in promoting industrialization and slavery; the …


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 …


Election Law

Course Description:

The Supreme Court has long declared that the right to vote is fundamental, because it is preservative of all other rights. Yet for most of this country’s history, the voting rights of many Americans have been denied or diluted. This course will examine the right to vote in theory and practice, focusing especially on its …


Ethics of Washington Lawyering

Course Description:

The course will focus on the core institutions of Washington lawyering, including Congress, the White House, Department of Justice, federal agencies, and the courts. It will cover ethical requirements and issuess of lawyering on a variety of topics, such as congressional oversight and lawmaking, nominations, setting law and legal policy for the Executive Branch, the Administrative …


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 …


Health Law

Course Description:

Health reform has been a significant component of the public debate for years. While the United States maintains the highest per capita expenditures in the world, health outcomes and health system performance lag behind peer and non-peer nations. At the same time, the health care industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of …


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.


Legislation

Course Description:

This course examines legislative lawmaking processes, including the importance of congressional committees and the role of lobbying, and also the approaches taken by federal courts and agencies when interpreting statutes. The inclusion of the Legislation course in the first-year curriculum reflects how important legislative lawmaking has become to the American common law tradition. The course …


Legislation Clinic

Course Description:

In recent years, state legislatures have found themselves confronting many of our most complex public policy issues, in part because of efforts to downsize national government and revitalize principles of federalism. Law students can help Ohio legislators to analyze potential legislative issues, examine how other states have sought to address them, and develop statutory (or …


Money & Politics Seminar

Course Description:

The influence of money on the political process has been the subject of enormous controversy in recent years, most notably surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010).  This course addresses the role of money in politics, including the subjects of bribery, campaign finance, and lobbying.  We will address the …


Public Interest and Government Externship

Course Description:

This course will provide academic credit to students who conduct substantive legal work at government and non-profit placements, attend a class designed for externs, and fulfill specified academic requirements.  The goals of this program are twofold:  to provide students with practical experience and to provide assistance to governmental entities and non-profit organizations which further the …


Regulatory Compliance

Course Description:

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 …


Securities Regulation

Course Description:

The course covers the sale of securities–from crowdfunding to private offerings to large, initial public offerings–under the Securities Act of 1933 and the JOBS Act, as well as the regulation of the securities trading markets and public company reporting by the Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the Dodd-Frank Act. We will also …


State & Local Government

Course Description:

State and Local Government Law addresses major issues facing state and local governments in a time of rapid change: (1) the distribution of power between federal, state, and local governments; (2) the forms, structure, powers, financing, and liability of local governments; (3) the relationship between local governments; and (4) the relationship of state and local governments, public employees, …


State Constitutional Law Seminar

Course Description:

The course is about “state constitutional law.” It will not specifically teach Ohio constitutional law, though some illustrations of the various principles may come from Ohio law. Instead, the subject is a general examination of state constitutional law and its proper role in the fabric of American law. Thus we will inquire into how state …