New and Seminar Courses

  • Fall Term 2012 

     NEW SEM: Law & Governance (Law 981) Professor Stewart: (2 credits) - This course will introduce students to a new phase in the development of the administrative regulation.  This new stage—governance—is becoming more prevalent in regulatory and corporate policy, and is of increasing relevance for lawyers seeking to help their clients achieve goals in contemporary society.  The course will introduce students to the ideas behind the new governance.  It will show them how current regulatory and corporate governance activities reflect and embody these concepts.  And it will guide them in learning the strategies to negotiate effectively these new features of administrative law, regulation and corporate policy.  

    SEM: Criminal Responsibility (Law 981) Professor Anderson: (2 credits) - The general rationale for punishment presumes competent, adult offenders, acting of their own free will.  In this class, we will consider those situations in which criminal responsibility is less clear-cut, and more controversial.  What if the offender is a young child?  Insane?  Provoked?  Battered?  Socially deprived?  Students will read, discuss, and write about competing jurisprudential perspectives on criminal responsibility in these and similar contexts.  This class fulfills the perspectives requirement. 

     SEM: Ideas of the First Amendment (Law 981) Professor Beattie (2 credits) - The first focus of the seminar will be the pivotal doctrines of first amendment law.  For example, why is it important that we regulate speech after, rather than prior to, its expression;  or why is viewpoint regulation more problematic than “neutral” regulation of speech;  or should there be “paternalistic” reasons for regulating speech, designed to protect audiences from their own susceptibilities, to name a few.  Although these doctrines are quickly canvassed in the core Constitutional Law courses, they are not given center stage as they will be in this seminar.  The second focus of the seminar is that such questions are best studied by engaging a few of the greatest writings on the freedom of speech that have been generated in the Anglo-American tradition.  The seminar will study these doctrines through the writings – some political polemic, some judicial opinions – of John Milton, James Madison, John Stuart Mill, Learned Hand, O.W. Holmes, Louis Brandeis, A. Meiklejohn and assorted “contemporary” replies.  The course will fulfill the upper-level writing and perspectives requirements. 

     SEM: Media Law (Law 980) Professor Gilles: (2 credits) - One purpose of this seminar is to study media law: topics such as newspaper liability for defamation or invasion of privacy; the secrecy of a reporter’s sources; access to public records. It is also designed to hone the skills you need to be a successful lawyer: researching, analyzing cases and statutes, writing, critiquing the work of colleagues, and orally presenting legal arguments.  To this end, the seminar provides you the opportunity to research and to write three ten-page briefs/policy papers.  After each paper, we will have a debate/presentation.  The class may also attend part of the Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference 2012 (to be held at OSBA Headquarters on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012). Note:  This class satisfies the “Upper-Level Writing Requirement” needed for graduation.  It does NOT satisfy the perspectives requirement.  

     SEM: White Collar Crime (Law 981) Professor Molina (2 credits) - First, it considers overarching principles of corporate criminal liability, personal liability in an organizational setting, and appropriate sanctions for white collar crimes. Second, the class examines a number of "generic" offenses, that cut across substantive areas, including conspiracy, RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act), mail fraud and wire fraud, and false statements. Third, it focuses on a variety of "cover-up" crimes such as perjury, false declarations, and obstruction of justice. Finally, the course explores more particularized types of white collar offenses such as security fraud, bribery of public officials, and tax fraud.