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LAW E 500 Advanced Writing Project (1-3, max. 3)
Independent research and writing project supervised by a faculty member. Projects are structured to develop skills in research, analysis, and writing. Offered: AWSpS.
LAW E 502 White Collar Crime (3-4)
LAW E 503 Analytic Writing (3)
LAW E 504 Emerging Issues in Urban Government Seminar (1/2, max. 5)
Focuses on currently emerging issues in local government, such as municipal regulation of land use, the initiative process, technology and privacy, governmental responses to urban social problems, and regional challenges. Production of publishable paper by student satisfies the advanced writing project requirement.
LAW E 505 Frontiers of Tort Law (3)
LAW E 506 Asian Contract Law and Practice (3)
Examines how economic deregulation, financial restructuring, and technological change affect contracts in Asia. Topics include licensing, franchise, and e-commerce contract in Japan, China, and Taiwan; contract law and practice in Vietnam and Indonesia; cultural norms in contracting; convergence toward "global standards;" and the role of lawyers and other agents.
LAW E 507 Access to Justice Seminar (2)
Explores the legal, ethical, and financial issues involved in providing legal services to moderate income persons. Uses a combination of lectures and interactive discussion. Credit/no-credit only.
LAW E 508 Persuasive Writing (2-4) Anderson
Studies persuasion and rhetoric by practicing legal argument: working with facts, framing issues, constructing legal arguments. Studies examples of good and bad persuasive writing. Students practice written advocacy skills in a number of assignments. Students practice advocacy in the context of pre-trial motions and appeals.
LAW E 509 European Union Law (2-4)
Survey of the legal origins of the European Union and the synthesis of the major European legal traditions achieved. Focus on the process of harmonizing national laws of the member states and economic integration in the area of competition law and free movement of goods and services.
LAW E 510 Banking Regulation (2-3)
Introduces the basics of banking law and regulation. Topics include separate sections on U.S. regulation of financial services with emphasis on federal regulation of banks, and on international, cross-border, and comparative banking regulatory issues.
LAW E 511 Venture Capital Deals (4) O-Conner
Focuses on the legal environment of venture capital (VC) financing of technology start-ups. Analyzes relevant statues and regulations, and the standard set of negotiated terms in typical VC deals. Students negotiate and draft VC deal documents. Offered: W.
LAW E 512 Law, Globalization, and Multinational Corporations (3)
An interdisciplinary workshop that examines the role of multinational corporations in a global society. Topics include the legal construct of the multinational corporation, the multinational and the state, the multinational and human rights, and the multinational in the international arena. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 512.
LAW E 513 Theories and Tools for Combatting Corruption ([1-3]-, max. 3)
Corruption has been identified as an obstacle to development, and a 'cost of doing business' in many countries. Examines theories, causes and consequences of corruption, and select regimes established to combat and measure it, e.g., UNCAC, ORCD Anti-Bribery Convention, U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.
LAW E 514 The Law of Nonprofit Organizations (2-4, max. 4)
Examines laws generally applicable to nonprofit corporations and legal issue relating to cooperatives, credit unions, and thrift/mutual associations. Attention given to the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act with comparable statutes and model legislation.
LAW E 515 Post-Conviction Review (2-4) Anderson, Kaltsounis
Covers direct appeals and collateral remedies in state and federal criminal proceedings. Topics include jurisdictional issues, harmless error, exhaustion, time limits, cognizable claims, history of the Great Writ of habeas corpus, and the federal AEDPA statute. Recommended: LAW B 515; LAW E 516. Offered: Sp.
LAW E 516 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (4)
Covers the formal charging, trial, and appellate stages of criminal proceedings, including grand jury proceedings, prosecutorial discretion in charging, pretrial release and detention, charging and venue joinder and severance, double jeopardy assistance of counsel, discovery, and disclosure, criminal trials appeals, and collateral post conviction remedies.
LAW E 517 Legal Information Technology (2-4) A. THOMSON, B. WILLIAMS
Introduces the theory and practice of legal informatics.
LAW E 518 Torts II (4) Wolcher
Covers advanced topics in tort law, including defamation, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of mental distress, medical malpractice, misuse of legal proceedings, misrepresentation, interference with prospective advantage, nuisance, products liability, toxic torts, trespass to chattels, conversion, and vicarious liability. Prerequisite: LAW A 504. Offered: Sp.
LAW E 519 Philosophy of Law (4)
Explores jurisprudence as "the jurist's quest for a systematic vision that will order and illuminate the realities of the law" and legal philosophy as "the philosopher's effort to understand the legal order and its role in human life." Examines various texts, emphasizing works of one or more proponents and critics of liberalism.
LAW E 520 European Union Constitution (4) Walsh
Examines the European Union constitution adopted in the Lisbon Reform Treaty: history, values, and objectives; EU institutions and finances; economies, political, and constitutional competences; citizenship and democracy; human rights and fundamental freedoms; common foreign policy; security and defense; and amending the constitution. Offered: A.
LAW E 521 Advanced Trial Advocacy (3)
LAW E 522 Advanced Constitutional Law: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (1-4, max. 4) Nicolas
Examines various constitutional provisions from a gay rights perspective. Topics include the rights of equal protection and substantive due process, as well as the First and Ninth Amendments and the Full Faith and Credit Clause. Offered: A.
LAW E 523 Entrepreneurial Law Clinic ([1-9]-, max. 9)
Prerequisite: LAW A 526, LAW E 547, or LAW A 546. Offered: S.
LAW E 524 Child Advocacy Clinic ([3-12]-, max. 12)
Instructor Course Description: Lisa A. Kelly
LAW E 525 Poverty Law (4)
Overview of legal issues affecting poor people, including relevant background readings on poverty and access to justice, and selection problems such as housing and homelessness, education, employment issues of low-wage workers, income support and welfare reform, consumer law, family law, and child care.
LAW E 526 Law Reform in Transition Economies Seminar ([2-4]-, max. 6) Clarke, Ramasastry, Taylor
Using interdisciplinary perspectives and case studies, this seminar probes the assumptions, methods and outcomes of commercial law reform in transition economies. Also highlights and critiques the role of international lawyers in this important, emerging area of practice.
LAW E 527 Bankruptcy Client Representation Project ([1-4]-, max. 4) Kuno
Provides an opportunity for students to interview a client, evaluate the appropriateness of different forms on bankruptcy as a solution to their debt problems, and provide representations in obtaining the bankruptcy. Student teams are paired with pro bono attorneys under the supervision of a part-time faculty member. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.
LAW E 528 Appellate Advocacy Clinic (2-, max. 4)
Clinical training in appellate litigation with both seminar and practical components dealing with appellate procedure, strategy, and applicable substantive law. Students represent clients in state appellate court, writing at least one appellate brief and participating in oral argument.
LAW E 529 Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic (4-, max. 12)
Offers clinical training in substantive areas of law implicated in representation of Native American tribal court criminal and dependency proceedings. Open to third year students in the JD program. Recommended: LAW A 565; LAW B 503; LAW B 515; LAW B 520, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: AWSp.
LAW E 530 Race and Justice Clinic (3-4, max. 12)
Focuses on how lawyers can address racial disparities for youth in the juvenile justice system by advocating in multiple forums. Students participate in direct representation on clients, community education, and coalition building. Topics include the history of race in juvenile justice, past efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact in juvenile justice, the School to Prison Pipeline, skills training, community lawyering, and systems change.
LAW E 532 Sports Law (3/4)
Analyzes sports cases and materials that cover multiple disciplines, including contracts, torts, constitutional, antitrust, labor and employment, intellectual property, and criminal law. Participation in problem solving exercises and drafting and negotiations sessions, which explore areas like player and coaching contracts, investigation of NCAA rules infractions, and possible sanctions against universities.
LAW E 533 Rights in America: Equality, liberty, and Democracy (4)
Deep historical exploration of a jurisprudentially revolutionary constitutional conflict that pits courts, local government, and the U.S. Congress in passionate struggles over gay and lesbian antidiscrimination rights; freedoms of speech and religion; and African-American political equality in the nation's capital. Offered: S.
LAW E 534 Human Rights Law: Philosophy and Practice (4)
Explores international human rights law through a rigorous curriculum including both human rights philosophy and practice. Topics include aspects of human rights with various disciplines from environmental law and public health to business. Prerequisite: LAW B 596; LAW A 574, both of which may be taken concurrently.
LAW E 535 Basic Income Tax Concepts (3)
Basic federal income tax principles, how the tax law impacts a wide variety of business and personal transactions and decisions, and what a reformed tax law might look like.
LAW E 536 Practical and Professional Responsibility Issues in the Small or Solo Law Practice (3-4)
LAW E 537 Refugee Law (2)
Examines the processes in the United States for the admission of refugees and for the adjudication of asylum claims. Explores international refugee policy and evolving legal norms concerning asylum, temporary protection, repatriation, resettlement, and internal displacement.
LAW E 538 Transnational Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts (3-4)
Examines the law governing private civil disputes in U.S. courts arising from transnational transactions, including: jurisdiction; forum selection and choice-of-law clauses; extraterritorial service of process, discovery, and application of U.S. law; parallel proceedings; foreign sovereign immunity; Act of State doctrine; and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.
Instructor Course Description: Craig H. Allen
LAW E 539 United States and European Union E-Commerce Law (2/3)
Compares the different attitudes to regulation of e-commerce and the information society in the U.S. and the European Union. Topics may include: an introduction to European Union institutions, regulatory, cultural themes in the Internet; e-society and e-commerce in Europe; regulation of illegal, harmful content, and Internet Service Provider liability, etc.
LAW E 540 Legal Issues of Internet Law (3)
Introduces the basic legal issues raised by networked digital technologies, such as the Internet. Covers jurisdiction, speech, privacy/access, propriety rights (copyrights, domain names), emerging law, leading policy debates, as well as fundamental Internet technical skills. Offered: S.
LAW E 541 Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (3)
Introduction to legal and policy issues raised by electronic commerce and other emerging information technologies. Topics vary and may include intellectual property and contract issues raised by establishing an online commercial presence, rights and obligations of users of network services including constitutional rights, information privacy, electronic contracts, electronic payments, etc.
LAW E 542 Queer Youth Advocacy (2)
Addresses the legal needs of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered youth. Topics include educational advocacy; legal consequences within the parent-child relationship, access, consent, and right to refuse physical and mental health services; and accessing services for homeless and foster youth.
LAW E 543 Crime, Privacy, and Accountability on the Internet (2)
An exploration of criminal activity on the Internet and issues that arise in investigating it. Examines the tension between privacy rights and the need for accountability. Includes substantive criminal statutes, constitutional rights and procedural laws that implement privacy and protections, and the practicalities of Internet crime investigations.
LAW E 544 Privacy Law (2)
Examines the legal doctrines of privacy and confidentiality used to protect personal information. Aims to understand how courts and legislatures seek to protect information as new technologies and institutional practices emerge. Studies scope and implications of federal statues that attempt to establish fair information practices with respect to electronic personal information.
LAW E 545 International Trade Law (2-4)
Introduces the legal framework, policies, and jurisprudence of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Provides an overview of the regulation of trade in goods, services, and intellectual property that is necessary for international legal practice, and provides the policy analysis to better understand the trade dimensions of international legal disputes.
LAW E 546 International Commercial Arbitration (2-3)
Introduces the legal framework of international commercial arbitration (ICA) with a focus on the New York Convention of 1958 and the United States Federal Arbitration Act of 1925.
Instructor Course Description: Hong-Sik Chung
LAW E 547 Robotics Law and Policy (2) Calo
Explores the best policy and legal infrastructure to receive commercial robotic products such as driverless cars, domestic drones, robotic surgery systems, and personal or service robots. Examines the unique legal issues raised by robotics for privacy, intellectual property, tort, and administrative law. Offered: Sp.
LAW E 549 International Investment Law and Practice (4/5) Pekkanen
Examines the rise of international investment law and practice, including topics such as Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), standards of treatment, investor-state arbitrations, and social and political controversies related to the governance of foreign direct investment (FDI) in developed and developing countries. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 549.
LAW E 550 Complex Litigation Seminar (2-4)
Examines practical and theoretical problems associated with complex litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. Prerequisite: either LAW B 500 or LAW B 507.
LAW E 551 Law and Entrepreneurship (3/4)
Planning-oriented course uses the problem method to explore the corporate tax and securities law, general business and financial considerations related to small business formation and financing. Prerequisite: LAW A 515; LAW A 530.
LAW E 552 Regulation of Business - W.R. Grace, a Case Study (4) Stevelman
Surveys prominent areas of law releveant to American corporations using W.R. Grace and Co. as a case study. Includes corporate disclosures in SEC filings; SEC enforcement actions; litigation between Grace and the EPA; Grace's bankruptcy plan; and criminal prosecution of Grace. Offered: W.
LAW E 553 Technology Law and Public Policy (2)
Survey of the domains of public policies that have been affected by the information revolution. Examines issues from Internet taxation, to personal data privacy, information warfare. Discusses the implications of the new public policies and whether it is feasible for states to enact different information policies.
LAW E 554 Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic ([2-4]-, max. 12)
Clinical training in legislative and public policy advocacy under supervision of law school faculty. Examines legislative process, drafting, commentary and advocacy, appellate advocacy, and professional responsibility concerns. Supervised practice experience representing public interest with respect to law and technology. Prerequisite: LAW E 553, which may be taken concurrently. Credit/no-credit only.
LAW E 555 Legislation ([2-5]-, max. 5) Andersen, Vaughn, Watts
Studies topics related to legislation and the legislative process. Examines the structure and operation of legislative bodies as well as the contemporary debates and laws that surround the process. Considers the theories and canons of statutory construction and interpretation. Introduces the basic techniques of statutory drafting. Offered: W.
LAW E 556 International Human Rights Clinic ([1-12]-, max. 12) Godoy
Interdisciplinary clinical training in international human rights. Includes seminar component on legal issues, practice skills, and reflections on human rights projects. Fieldwork on human rights projects tests, develops, and enhances skills training through real-world human rights practice with cross-campus, U.S., and international partnerships. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 556; AWSp.
LAW E 557 Human Rights Advocacy Seminar (2-4) Ramasatry
Provides interdisciplinary training in international human rights advocacy. Provides background knowledge and exposure to skills needed to participate effectively in advocacy efforts, including the Interdisciplinary International Human Rights Clinic. Offered: AWSp.
LAW E 558 Voting Rights Research and the Law (3)
Address two primary topics related to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Sections 2 and 5, and their application today: 1) redistricint and minority representation; and 2) the protection or suppression of the right to vote. Also includes introductory research metods and statistical analysis.
LAW E 560 Contemporary Muslim Legal Systems Seminar (2-6, max. 6) Lombardi
Provides a forum for in-depth research of legal developments in nations where governments are trying to establish legal systems that ensure economic development and human rights, while at the same time ensuring that their law respects "Islamic norms.' Prerequisite: LAW B 556. Offered: A.
LAW E 561 Critical Race Theory (4)
Provides an overview of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the contrasts between CRT and liberal and conservative analytical frameworks on race and the law. Examines the questions and criticisms raised about CRT, as well as the impact of the field on legal and political discourse.
LAW E 566 Innocence Project Northwest Clinic (3-4, max. 12)
Offers students clinical training investigating and litigating claims of actual innocence on behalf of prisoners serving lengthy sentences for serious crimes. Open to second- and third-year students in the JD program.
LAW E 567 Technology Transfer Law and Policy Seminar (2) O'Connor
Covers the law and policy affecting university and non-profit research commercialization and technology transfer. Focuses on the Bayh-Dole Act, the laws and regulations covering data, copyrightable works, materials, tax exempt issues, employee assignments, and other matters. Offered: W.
LAW E 568 Indian Law Clinic (4-, max. 12)
Supervised practice component on Indian law practice and procedure and advocacy skills. Provide legal advice, brief services, and representation to low income Indian clients under the direct supervision of a practicing attorney. Client counseling research, negotiation, and community education. Offered: AWSp.
LAW E 569 Advanced Mediation Practicum (3) Ewalt
Advanced clinical practicum in mediation under the supervision of the faculty and experienced mediators. Students convene and mediate cases referred to the Mediation Clinic from government agencies and other sources. Only for students who have successfully completed the Mediation Clinic LAW B 526, or have other comparable experience. Offered: A.
LAW E 570 International Economic Relations and Comparative Trade Policy (3/4)
LAW E 571 LatCrit Theory, Praxis and Community Seminar (2)
Provides an introduction to the history of Latinas/os and the U.S. legal system and an overview of LatCrit theory from its origins to its present focus with particular attention on contemporary legal and social issues affecting Latina/o communities.
LAW E 572 Race and the Law (3-4)
Evaluates the legal regulation of race in the United States. Addresses the racial and legal history of major groups in the United States, including African-Americans, Asian-American, Latinos, Native Americans, and whites, and examines the nexus between law and the construction of race as a concept and locus of identity.
LAW E 575 Telecommunications Law and Policy (2)
Surveys basic policy principles underlying our nation's telecommunications laws. Focuses on administrative and statutory law, paying special attention to the design and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Addresses the role played by antitrust, economic regulation, and constitutional law (particularly the First Amendment) in shaping our nation's telecommunications landscape.
LAW E 579 International and Foreign Law Research (2-3)
Overview of international law materials. Examines primary materials in the vernacular and in translations: constitutions, charters, codes, administrative rules, cases, treaties, and other international agreements. Focuses on practice tools such as directories, guides, digests, and proceedings. Prerequisite: LAW A 506 or permission of instructor.
LAW E 580 Gender Violence and the Law (3-4)
Introduces substantive legal areas including: evidence and rape shield laws; protection orders; civil liability of perpetrators and third-parties, and restorative civil remedies in housing, employment, and education contexts. Looks at national trends and primarily focuses on Washington State Law.
LAW E 581 Reproductive Rights and Justice Seminar (4) Ainsworth
Provides students with an in-depth study of the constitutional framework governing reproductive rights, as well as critiques of that framework from feminist theorist, those who oppose abortion and contraception, and those whose reproduction and sexuality have been historically marginalized and regulated. Studies different bases in the law for reproductive rights claims, including privacy, equality, and dignity. Offered: A.
LAW E 582 Information Policy: Domestic and Global (5)
National and international information policy: public and private sector policy in terms of privacy, access, and exploitation; technology infrastructures and policies supporting the information industries. Coverage includes freedom of information privacy, copyright, telecommunications, and emerging technologies.
LAW E 583 Globalization and the Law (1-6, max. 6)
Focuses on the rise of global law, intersection of national, international, and global law, and the legitimacy of global law.
LAW E 588 Trademark and Unfair Competition Law (3) Hoffmann
Provides a comprehensive review of issues relating to protection of trademarks and other trade identity symbols under the common law and the Federal Lanham Act. Offered: A.
LAW E 592 Federal Appellate Advocacy (1-6, max. 6)
Representation of an otherwise pro se litigant in an appeal in the Ninth Circuit. Preparation of the opening and reply brief and conduct the oral argument. Requires substantial research, multiple drafts, and painstaking familiarity with the record. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Credit/no-credit only.
LAW E 594 Environmental Law Clinic (4-, max. 12)
Examines applicable environmental law and procedure, skills training, and professional responsibility concerns. Participation in a carefully supervised practice experience representing clients in cases involving environmental issues. Students must be Rule 9 qualified. Prerequisite: LAW A 527; LAW E 593, which may be taken concurrently. Credit/no-credit only.
Instructor Course Description: Michael Jay Robinson-Dorn
LAW E 595 Animal Law (3)
Examines substantive law and procedure, specific cases, legislation, and background societal mores that force an evolution and backlash in the level of jurisprudential and legislative comfort with new ways of seeing and speaking about animals other than humans. Offered: WSp.
LAW E 596 Wildlife Law Seminar (3) Anderson, Knudsen
Covers the basic issues involved in the law of fish and wildlife management. Topics include the relationship between property and wildlife, federalism issues, and international regulatory regimes. Recommended: course in administrative law.
LAW E 597 Global Warming and Justice Seminar (4) Rodgers
Explores case studies (worldwide but with an emphasis on indigenous peoples) addressing multiple legal responses to the consequences of climate change. Explores remedies under U.S. and international law. Offered: WSp.
LAW E 598 The Law and Climate Change Seminar (4) Rodgers
Develops student understanding of the consequences of anticipated climate change across a spectrum of issues that include human health, the Earth, and its oceans. Covers the practice of agriculture, revised energy futures, legislative responses to climate change, and local, state, regional, and tribal efforts to address it. Offered: Sp.
LAW E 599 Legislative Advocacy Clinic (2-5, max. 15)
Clinical training in legislative and public policy advocacy. Topics include the legislative process, drafting commentary, advocacy, building a legislative agenda, working with coalitions, and ethics. Direct work with non-profit and other organizations advocating in the state legislature to develop and move legislation as well as respond to proposed legislation. Prerequisite: LAW A 579. Offered: AWSp.