1 ELECTIVE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - SPRING 2014 ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS LAW 716 Accounting is the fundamental language of business. Businesses speak many different languages but the essential, core language, the one that deals directly with business performance and viability is accounting. In this course we will study some of the basic concepts of accounting such as debits and credits, double entry bookkeeping, financial statements, assets, liabilities, shareholders equity, accrual and cash methods of accounting, time value of money, depreciation, auditing, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. We will explore how a working knowledge of these concepts is helpful to attorneys in a wide variety of different contexts so that, when you find yourself in a situation that requires at least a basic understanding of accounting concepts, you will be able to use that knowledge to successfully fulfill your role as an attorney. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - LAW 631 This course introduces the growth and development of administrative law and procedure. Topics include constitutionality and delegation of power, discretion, policy, regulatory and adjudicative functions, rules orders, jurisdiction, investigative functions, procedures, due process and judicial review. ADMIRALTY LAW LAW 780 This course involves a study of the jurisdiction of admiralty courts and the laws affecting maritime rights and obligations. Areas included are the history of maritime law, choice of law in admiralty cases, maritime property interests, rights of seamen, carriage of goods, salvage, and collision. APPLIED LEGAL REASONING -LAW 889 This class is the bridge between the three-year law school curriculum and the two months of bar review following graduation. The course teaches much of the law tested on the bar exam, yet focuses primarily on thinking skills and test-taking strategies. Extensive coverage is given to the most difficult part of the bar exam: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the 200-question multiple-choice test that is part of the bar exam of every state except Louisiana and Washington State. The course also covers essay and performance test writing techniques. The Fall Semester (1 credit) will cover Torts, Criminal Law, & Criminal Procedure. The spring course (2 credits) will cover Evidence, Contracts, Property, & Constitutional Law. The Fall Semester course is not a formal prerequisite for the Spring Semester, but is highly recommended. BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS - LAW 635 This course surveys and analyzes the various forms of business enterprises. Organizations include sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Topics include the legal relationships between the corporation and its directors, officers, stockholders, and creditors; risk reduction devices; formation, dissolution, and termination; and agency relationships and responsibilities. Consideration is given to cases, statutes, model acts, and securities laws.
2 BUSINESS TAX - LAW 805 This course will examine primarily the taxation of corporations and other business organizations under the federal tax law. Consideration will also be given to international taxation issues, as well as the systems of taxation developed in the various states. CONFLICT OF LAWS - LAW 731 This course will focus on the problems of choosing the law to be applied to transactions, relationships and occurrences having contacts with more than one of the United States and with this country and a foreign court. Issues of adjudicatory jurisdiction and recognition of foreign judgments will also be examined. CORPORATE SCANDALS, BUSINESS ETHICS & GOVERNANCE LAW 807 This course focuses primarily on for profit, publicly traded corporations. With a background and understanding of the principles of corporate law, students will need to think critically about the systems and structures in which corporations function, the internal and external roles and relationships (directors, shareholders, managers, employees, creditors and customers), the role of regulatory authorities, as well as corporate culture, management and board compensation, and concepts of social responsibility. Business Organizations is a prerequisite. CRIMINAL PROCEDURE: ADJUDICATION LAW 682 This course is an analysis of selected and evolving criminal justice issues arising under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Within this context, emphasis is placed on the workings of the advocacy system, prosecution and defense functions. EMPLOYMENT LAW - LAW 820 This course will examine government regulation of the relationship of the individual employee and his or her employer. The propriety of regulating particular areas of the employment relationship and the efficacy of alternative regulatory schemes will be recurring themes. Areas of coverage may include employment at-will, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, regulation of compensation, workplace health and safety, unemployment compensation, and pensions. FAMILY LAW - LAW 722 This course examines the underlying social and economic principles of family life, its regulation by government, and constitutional limitations on regulation. Direct laws covering marriage, divorce, and child custody will be examined but also the course will cover those areas of law-- property, income maintenance, medical care, schooling and crime--that also have direct impact on families in this society. FEDERAL INCOME TAX - LAW 647 This course provides a survey of the federal income tax system as it relates to individual and business activity. Topics include code, regulation, and case analysis; tax policy, economics, and public finance; and tax legislation. Specific concepts included are income, exclusions, deductions, credits, tax accounting, and tax procedure.
3 INTERNATIONAL LAW 770 This basic course introduces students to the central topics, ideas and principles of present-day public international law. It will also cover the judicial and other structures including the United Nations, that are central to the determination and enforcement of this legal regime. JUVENILE JUSTICE LAW LAW 713 This course will examine both the theory and practice of juvenile justice. After exploring the historical foundations of juvenile law, we will study several issues in current practice, including: status offenses and control of juveniles in schools and public places; the application of criminal procedure to juveniles in such areas as search and seizure, police interrogations, and pre-trial detention; juvenile court jurisdiction and the decision whether to prosecute as an adult or a child; trial rights and sentencing dispositions. We will also discuss some recent developments in juvenile law practice and consider the future of juvenile justice policy. LABOR LAW - LAW 822 This course surveys the federal regulation of the union-management relationship in the private sector. The principle focus of the course is the National Labor Relations Act. The course will examine the establishment of the collective bargaining relationship, the negotiation of the collective agreement, unfair labor practice proceedings, economic pressure tactics, the enforcement of the collective agreement, and the duty of fair representation. LAW AND MEDICINE LAW 726 The two professions of law and medicine intersect in many parts of American society. Issues such as expert testimony, the doctor-patient relationship, malpractice, and ethical issues, including the right to die, and their legal ramifications will be reviewed. MARINE INSURANCE LAW 787 This course examines the legal problems involved in insurance against physical loss or damage to maritime property (hull), against maritime liabilities (protection and indemnity), and for damage to goods (cargo). MENTAL HEALTH LAW: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH LAW 711 This course is designed to create a cross disciplinary environment where students can explore some of the critical issues that cross the boundaries between law and behavioral health. It will focus on selected topics, exploring each of them from a medical as well as legal perspective. The course will begin with an overview of the mental health system and its history, as well as an outline of the specialized legal environment in which it works. There will then be a series of focus sessions that zoom in on specific issues. There will be three skills workshops providing practical application of the material to common types of psychiatric hearings: civil certification; dangerousness; and competency/diversion. Brown University graduate students in psychiatry and psychology will be registered students in this course. MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS - LAW 809 The course will explore corporate acquisitions, including mergers and consolidations, in the form of asset sale, stock sale, or statutory merger. The consequences of these transactions will be discussed, including, potentially, successor liability, securities regulations, antitrust, tax,
4 accounting, environmental, intellectual property, ERISA, and other legal issues. Due diligence review, negotiation, and documentation will also be discussed. Business Organizations is a prerequisite. NATURAL RESOURCES LAW - LAW 673 This course will focus on the regulation of natural resources and will cover wildlife regulation, timber law, water law, land use controls, and mining and minerals law. Issues related to conserving recreational resources and historical artifacts and landmarks will also be explored. NEW YORK CIVIL PRACTICE LAW 670 This course will cover New York civil procedure from the commencement of a lawsuit through final adjudication. Topics will likely include the discovery process, the trial process, alternative dispute resolution, equitable remedies, and recent developments in New York law. PAYMENT SYSTEMS - LAW 651 This course covers Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It surveys the legal concept of money, negotiability, usury laws, commercial paper and bank credit as a money substitute, doctrines of holder in due course, liability and discharge and paper/electronic transfers. Consideration is given also to letters of credit and documents of title. REMEDIES - LAW 738 The remedies course surveys what a court can do for a claimant who has been, or might be, wronged by the defendant. We will address the principal remedies: damages; injunctions (orders to do or refrain from doing certain conduct); restitution (including the possibility of recovering the defendant's gains from a wrongful act, even if the gains exceed the amount of the plaintiff's loss); remedies that simply declare the rights of the parties; pre-judgment remedies before a determination of liability; and the various means of enforcing remedies (including contempt and seizure of property). Throughout the course, we will discuss which of the several remedies are best for the plaintiff, and how to determine the extent of the remedy that the plaintiff may obtain. RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS- LAW 746 This class will take an in-depth look into the typical residential real estate transaction. Analysis will range from parsing individual clauses of a standard Purchase and Sales Agreement, to conducting a complete title examination, to understanding the broad spectrum of primary and secondary mortgage markets and products. The emphasis of the class will be on a practical approach making cognizant distinctions between legalities and practicalities. RHODE ISLAND CIVIL PRACTICE - LAW 739 A study of Civil Procedure in Rhode Island, its transition in 1966 from a common law and equity system to a procedure patterned upon the Federal Procedure and its substantial revision in In depth consideration of the progression of a civil action from its commencement in the Superior Court to appellate review in the Supreme Court.
5 SALES - LAW 652 This course focuses primarily on Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. A study of the law governing the sale of goods and financing thereof is covered including the law governing the formation and interpretation of commercial contracts, perfection of security interests and available remedies upon breach of contract. Implied and express warranties, risk of loss allocation and default are discussed. SECURED TRANSACTIONS - LAW 653 This course surveys Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and focuses on financing and creation of a security interest in personal property and fixtures. WILLS AND TRUSTS - LAW 749 This course is intended to prepare a student to advise clients about ordering their personal and financial affairs to more effectively provide for themselves and the people about whom they care. Various dispositive mechanisms, inter vivos testamentary and in trust, will be covered, as well as devices to appoint health care and financial proxies. The course will also address the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers representing clients in this area. WORKERS COMP LAW 703 This course will consider and evaluate benefit delivery systems for those who suffer work related injuries. Class discussion will trace the evolution of the law from common law tort system and the use of the affirmative defenses to bar most claims to the development of benefit systems which do not utilize fault as a liability measure. The structure of the benefit system will be evaluated and distinctions considered between the various state systems as well as the federal longshore and harbor workers compensation act. SEMINARS LAW & LITERATURE - LSM 852 This course explores how literature depicts the legal system and what that depiction reflects about society s view of the law. Through close readings of fiction, we will explore the following questions: Is the lawyer a hero and crusader for justice? Can the law unveil the truth? Does fiction portray the reality of the legal system? Can the legal system adequately address complex moral problems? Readings include To Kill A Mockingbird and 12 Angry Men. Final paper required. OCEAN MANAGEMENT LAW & POLICY LSM 888 This course explores the basis for contemplated and ongoing changes to ocean governance and the status of current governance reform efforts in this very dynamic area of the law. Reports by the Pew Oceans Commission and U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in 2003 and 2004, respectively, called for significant changes to management of coastal and ocean resources. Since then, reform has been contemplated via various state and federal initiatives, involving legal, policy and political considerations. We will examine the background for ocean management reform, the findings of federal and state bodies, and the status of current reform efforts. Schedule permitting, the class may include regional guest speakers and/or activities in
6 Rhode Island and/or Massachusetts related to pending ocean management activities. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and a paper. Students may use the paper to meet the writing requirement for graduation as long as they meet the necessary requirements. PATENT LAW - LSM 744 Creativity and productive ideas have proven essential to economic progress. The federal government has developed an elaborate set of laws and regulations to protect these ideas from appropriation by others. This body of law, and elements of the practice under it, will be covered in detail. The patent law seminar includes elements of US and foreign patentability standards, perfection of patent rights, enforcement (litigation and ADR, border controls), relation to other bodies of law and practice such as antitrust, employment, corporate finance, licensing and joint ventures, federal civil procedure and evidence, international law, legal ethics, trademark, copyright, trade secret and Constitutional law. A background of science or technology education or experience can be helpful but is not required. Practical exercises in analyzing inventions and patents are given during the semester. The seminar grade is based primarily on a term paper due at the beginning of the exam period with some adjustment for class participation. SELECTED ISSUES IN CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - LSM 816 This seminar will use several full-length, award-winning documentaries regarding specific criminal cases as fodder for the examination of timely criminal justice issues, primarily with a constitutional inquiry. Film verities allow the overlapping of doctrinal and practical problems for analysis, deconstruction, and reconstruction. Role-playing may be utilized. Topics covered will include: character evidence, investigative techniques, a variety of police and prosecutorial misconduct, racial and gender assumptions, mental health issues, evidence and emotions, the forensic science paradox, and epistemological questions regarding truth. The required paper may fulfill the graduation legal-writing requirement. WHITE COLLAR CRIME LSM 870 This seminar deals with policy, doctrine and jurisprudence implicated by corporate and other business entities' criminality. The course will cover the criminal liability of business entities and their officers, involving the study of federal criminal statutes used to prosecute corporate and white collar crime, including mail & wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO), anti-trust, securities and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. COURSES THAT MEET THE UPPER-LEVEL LEGAL METHODS REQUIREMENT (THE CLINICAL COURSES LISTED BELOW ALSO COUNT TOWARD SATISFACTION OF THE TWO-COURSE UPPER-LEVEL LEGAL METHODS REQUIREMENT) ADVANCED APPELLATE ADVOCACY: CRIMINAL LAW LAW 680 This is a skills-based course that will utilize the vehicle of an actual criminal trial transcript to learn the basics of persuasive writing and good oral advocacy. Instead of the soup-to-nuts approach of moot court, which covers every step in an appeal at a rather surface level, we will focus intensively on particular skills: issue-identification and framing, developing strategies for written and oral presentations, advanced research skills and analysis, partisan writing.
7 Throughout the course, there will be opportunities to improve writing skills, to learn how to handle both helpful and harmful precedent, to structure oral arguments and field hard questions. Students should be prepared to critique their own writing and practice oral advocacy in class. Graded assignments will occur throughout the semester; there will be no final exam and no big paper. This course will help good researchers, writers and oralists become better, but even those whose skills are at a basic level will improve. ADVANCED TRIAL ADVOCACY: COMPLEX PERSONAL INJURY LAW 702 This course will take a complex civil case in Rhode Island as the jumping off point for teaching students how to prepare and try a complex personal injury case. Unlike most beginning trial advocacy courses, the first half of the class will consider case selection and proceed through case investigation, the filing of a complaint, and discovery. The second half of the semester will focus on trial technique and strategy using cutting edge trial techniques and theories which incorporate social science. Students will be evaluated based upon class participation and role playing in mock trial during the last two sessions of the class. Trial Advocacy is a prerequisite. CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY IN PRACTICE - LAW 836 This course offers a hands on approach to learning how to intake, analyze, process, file and complete consumer bankruptcy cases in Federal Bankruptcy Court. We will discuss what rights debtors and creditors have under state law outside of bankruptcy, and in which cases bankruptcy is an appropriate option for addressing financial difficulties. Bankruptcy relief will be reviewed for debtors under Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases (liquidations) and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases (reorganizations). The primary goal of this course is to develop a working understanding of how to represent consumer debtors in Federal Bankruptcy Court. ESTATE PLANNING AND DRAFTING - LAW 754 This course deals with the practical application of estate planning principles to various client situations. Topics include client interviews; estate planning for young adults, individuals contemplating marriage, unmarried couples, young couples with children, and older clients with children; transfers to grandchildren; planning for second marriages; asset protection; retirement planning; perpetual trusts; charitable gifts; and an overview of estate administration. Wills and Trusts is a prerequisite. FEDERAL PRACTICE/FEDERAL LITIGATION LAW 965 This course combines what has traditionally been taught in two separate courses on Pretrial Practice and Trial Advocacy. The idea behind this course is that federal litigation must be viewed holistically, meaning with an understanding and appreciation for the reality that litigation, from the filing of a complaint through trial, is an integrated process that begins with a well-pled complaint, proceeds through discovery, often involves substantive and dispositive motion practice, and ends (if it is not resolved earlier) at trial. The course is a full year long in order to mimic the actual life cycle of a case in federal court. Students will work on an actual case by drafting pleadings, taking/defending depositions, filing and arguing at least one dispositive motion, and ultimately trying the case before a judge and jury. In addition, throughout the year, students will receive lectures, practice exercises, and guest lectures on key aspects of litigation, including complaint drafting, deposition skills, settlement process and strategy, and trial tactics. This course will be taught primarily by a seasoned litigator and a faculty member, both of whom
8 have practiced in federal court. The students will be split into teams and each team with have a lawyer-coach assigned to assist them. Judge William Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island will attend a limited number of the class sessions and preside over some courtroom activities, as his schedule permits. LEGAL DRAFTING : COMMERCIAL LEASING - LAW 758 This class will focus on lease agreements between landlords and tenants of commercial real estate, including leases for office space, for retail stores, and for industrial/manufacturing property. Almost every business will be a party to a commercial real estate lease agreement, either as landlord or tenant, at some point in the life of that business. Knowledge of commercial real estate leases is an essential skill for real estate lawyers, as well as corporate lawyers. Litigators will also need to know the fundamentals of commercial real estate leases because these agreements often result in disputes and lawsuits. This class will also explore some of the alternative uses for leases, such as leases being used as financing alternatives. Class sessions will be devoted to section-by-section analysis of leases followed by student exercises to draft and revision of these documents. LEGAL DRAFTING: CONTRACTS LAW 756 This course will teach students the fundamentals of drafting contracts. Students will learn how to understand a client's business deal, and how to translate the deal into contract concepts, the building blocks of contracts. Through drafting exercises and projects, students will learn the process for drafting the contract concepts in clear and unambiguous provisions in a wellorganized complete contract that reflects the parties' deal accurately. Students will learn how to add value to a client's deal by drafting and recognizing nuances in language that change the deal and shift risk between the parties. Students will learn how to analyze and comment on a contract that another lawyer has drafted. Students will learn the best drafting style and usage techniques necessary to enhance clarity and avoid ambiguity. LEGAL DRAFTING & ADVOCACY: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - LAW 757 This course introduces students to legal drafting and advocacy on behalf of clients facing environmental regulatory issues, both in the administrative and business planning contexts. The course will cover land/water use issues regarding residential, mixed use and industrial development and operational permitting and compliance under a myriad of Federal and State laws including the Clean Water Act; Clean Air Act: Rivers and Harbors Act, RCRA, CERCLA; CZMA and various selected state statutes and regulations. Students will learn about agency investigations, enforcement, and appeals and engage in document drafting and simulated agency proceedings. Students will also learn how to counsel clients about environmental risks in different kinds of business transactions to develop practical lawyering skills in this complex field. Students will be evaluated based upon drafting assignments and mock agency proceedings and client counseling simulations. Prerequisite or contemporaneous enrollment in Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law or Ocean and Coastal Law.
9 MARITIME SECURITY LAW - LAW 792 The course addresses the law of maritime security in the United States in the context of the post- September 11 global economy. Recent, essential measures such as the International Ship & Port Security Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 will be covered in addition to traditional statutory and regulatory schemes such as port state control and the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. An underlying premise of the course is the relationship between environmental considerations and maritime security risk management in the practical implementation of legal principles. Students will learn principles of U.S. and international maritime security law in a context of transactional practice, including simulated client counseling and formulation of transaction documents such as legal opinions. Prior maritime and/or environmental law courses will be helpful, but are not a prerequisite. MEDIATION - LAW 733 When parties are unable to resolve their dispute through discussion or negotiation, a logical next step is to seek the assistance of a third party mediator to facilitate communication and the search for a solution. This course is intended to familiarize students with the norms of the mediation process and to develop the skills that will enable students to either serve as mediators or to better represent clients in this increasingly important form of ADR. Attention is given to both facilitative and evaluative styles of mediation. Significant emphasis is placed on role playing exercises and on the legal consequences of the mediation process. NEGOTIATION - LAW 736 This course explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of negotiation and focuses on the techniques, strategies, tactics, ethical restraints and responsibilities of the lawyer. This course is designed to give students experience by engaging in negotiation exercises, and in reviewing and critiquing simulations. Students will participate as negotiators, third parties, and observers. A short paper may be required in addition to the exercises. PLANNING FOR THE ELDERLY CLIENT LAW 714 The goal of this course is to enable the student to develop certain skills and additional substantive knowledge required in the practice of Elder Law. Driven by the changing circumstances and needs of the student s hypothetical first clients, students will learn to effectively plan for and to represent the elderly client at different phases in the aging process. Elder Law is a prerequisite. TRIAL ADVOCACY - LAW 641 The trial advocacy course employs a learning-by-doing approach. Thus, most of the course will involve the practice of trial skills including direct and cross examination, opening statements, closing arguments, and jury selection, in a simulated courtroom environment. During the last two weeks of the course, each student will participate as co-counsel in a full-length simulated civil or criminal trial with a sitting Rhode Island judge or professor presiding. Evidence is a prerequisite but may be taken concurrently with the permission of the Trial Advocacy instructor.
10 CLINICS & EXTERNSHIPS COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CLINIC LAW 869 The Roger Williams University Community Economic Development Clinic, our newest clinical offering, is scheduled to open in the fall semester of The focus of the clinic will be to provide services to small, low-income and start-up businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. Students enrolled in the clinic will work with small business owners in determining and facilitating their legal needs. This will include selecting the best legal entity, assisting with the filing of organizational documents, creating agreements, and drafting leases and other contracts. The primary goal of the clinic will be to teach the practice of transactional lawyering while providing service to under-served entrepreneurs and organizations. CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC - LAW 860 Students represent indigent criminal defendants in Rhode Island District Court and Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal from arraignment through to final trial or other original adjudicative disposition. Trial Advocacy is a prerequisite. IMMIGRATION CLINIC LAW 870 Students enrolled in the immigration clinic represent noncitizens in their applications for relief from removal before the Immigration Court in Boston, prepare applications for benefits under the immigration laws and represent noncitizens in their interviews for such benefits before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Providence. Types of cases typically include asylum and other relief based on fear of persecution in the country of removal, waivers of deportation for long-term residents of the U.S., adjustment of status for noncitizens with U.S. citizen or permanent resident family members and relief for noncitizen victims of domestic violence. Students also conduct Know Your Rights presentations for the immigrant communities in Rhode Island and for immigration detainees in New England, conduct intake interviews following these presentations and provide consultations under the supervision of the Clinic Director. In class, students learn trial skills and discuss substantive, ethical and policy issues relating to the practice of immigration law. CORPORATE COUNSEL CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP & CORPORATE COUNSEL SEMINAR LAW 797 Students are assigned to in-house corporate offices of prominent for-profit and not-for-profit entities in and around Rhode Island and southern New England. Students will conduct legal research, write memoranda of law, draft legal documents, and engage in other activities as assigned. Students will be exposed to the various ways in which law is practiced in-house and for corporate clients. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: In-House Counsel. ENVIRONMENTAL/LAND USE CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP & ENVIRONMENTAL/LAND USE SEMINAR LAW 806 Through the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship, students train in legal offices or departments of government agencies and non-government organizations doing environmental and land use legal work in Rhode Island and southern New England. Externs are exposed to the various ways in which environmental and land use law is practiced by government agencies and
11 non-government organizations through litigation, administrative rulemaking and adjudication, and engagement in the legislative process. The students also participate in a two-credit, graded seminar Advanced Topics in Environmental and Land Use Law that will be designed by the professor, after consultation with the field supervisors, to teach substantive law, regulation, and policy directly relevant to the students field work, as well as the ethics and legal skills required of an environmental attorney. JUDICIAL CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP & JUDICIAL PROCESS SEMINAR - LAW 796 Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics. PROSECUTION CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP & PROSECUTION SEMINAR - LAW 801 Through our Prosecution Clinical Externship Program, students earn academic credit while working two to three days per week in a prosecution office on the federal, state or municipal level. Students are eligible to appear in court as student attorneys in federal and state courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Students gain valuable hands-on experience representing the government in criminal prosecutions. Students participate in a weekly seminar with classmates who are working in a variety of prosecutorial settings. PUBLIC INTEREST CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP & PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERING SEMINAR - LAW 798 Students are assigned to state or federal government agencies or to non-profit legal services organizations. The student clerks conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe administrative, trial or appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with public officials, and perform the duties of a law clerk under the supervision of a supervising attorney and a faculty member. Students in their final year of school may also appear in court on behalf of the state or clients in limited types of proceedings. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the assigned office and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Public Interest Lawyering and Ethics.
12 HONORS ENROLLMENT PERSPECTIVES COURSES U.S. Supreme Court Cases This course will focus on the art of appellate advocacy with particular focus on two cases that will be argued this spring before the United States Supreme Court. The class will include a trip to the Court to hear those two cases argued and for a meeting with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Voice of the Child - The Role of Guardians in the Family Court This course will review the role of the Guardian ad Litem in both domestic cases as well as child abuse and neglect cases. The class will include an overview of the law and its practical application in a variety of custody disputes, including religious and education disagreements and relocation issues. Big Law & the Ethical Lawyer: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Mega Law Firms This course will take students inside a large law firm, into the shoes of Big Law lawyers -- associates and partners -- as they manage the business of the firm -- without violating the ethical rules -- and maneuver the legal issues faced by their clients. Investment Advisors, Investment Companies and the Securities Laws: History & Regulation This course will provide an overview of investment management regulation under the Securities Laws, with an emphasis on the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of It is designed as a survey to complement securities and other business law courses, but can also stand on its own as an introduction to an important but little understood area of the law that directly affects the public and our economy. Bernie Madoff operated as a registered investment adviser, for example, while perpetuating his Ponzi scheme on investors, causing losses of over $50 billion that emerged at the height of the financial crisis, in Investment companies include mutual funds, money market funds, and other pooled vehicles that are important to all levels of society. In 2008, the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy provoked the failure of a money market fund, causing a run on funds held by millions of American households as bank account alternatives. Our federal scheme of regulation dates back to the aftermath of the Great Depression, yet it did not prevent the recent Great Recession. In addition to covering the policy and regulation behind the 40 Acts, the course will touch on the recent Dodd-Frank Act and its attempts to prevent future problems in our financial markets. September 11 th Litigation: Aviation Security & Terrorism Financing This course will focus on materials selected by Professor Migliori, whose law firm has worked on cases involving the September 11 th attacks on the United States.
13 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERSPECTIVES COURSES Anatomy of a Lawsuit: Cohane v. NCAA This course will take students inside the strategy of an ongoing, marathon lawsuit by a single individual against a major institution. The case is Cohane vs. NCAA. The plaintiff (and course professor) is a former college basketball coach who graduated from Roger Williams University School of Law in The defendant is the powerful National Collegiate Athletic Association. Cohane will take you through his twelve year battle for due process, which took the case up to the United States Supreme Court and back. In-House Counsel & Corporate Attorneys: Understanding & Preserving the Attorney- Client Privilege With an experienced in-house attorney, government regulator and former federal prosecutor, students will examine the attorney-client privilege based on case law and actual situations experienced by internal and outside counsel to businesses. The students will analyze who is the client and the tests applied by the courts to determine the applicability and coverage of the privilege and waiver. They will review the background and development of the privilege with a focus on the current and recent administrative, civil and criminal environment. Law Office Management Law Office Management is a practical course to explore starting, running, and growing a law practice. Students will create a business plan and draft various documents essential to any law practice. A broad range of practice management topics will be discussed, including the choice of entity, practice specialization, business development, marketing, and various ethical issues. A Comparative Look at Carriage of Goods by Sea: Hague, Hague-Visby, Hamburg, and Rotterdam This course will look at and compare the provisions of the four major international conventions covering the carriage of goods by sea. Topics will include the rights and responsibilities of the carrier; the rights and responsibilities of the shipper; applicability to multimodal transport; limitation of liability; and limitations of forum selection. The Role of the Senate in American Government Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will lead the class in examining the role of the Senate within the larger federal system as well as the internal functioning of the Senate. Senate rules, conventions, and its constitutional role will be covered along with a review of some of the most prominent moments of Senate history.