EMPLOYMENT LAW - 266
3 creditsCourse considers a variety of laws governing the relationship between employers and workers. Material covered includes the basics of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, benefits, protected leaves, immigration, labor law, occupational safety and health, unemployment compensation, affirmative action, independent contracting, and various employment torts. Emphasis is not on litigation of employment claims, but on advising employers and workers about practical problems encountered in the workplace.
SEPARATISTS MOVEMENTS - 399
3 creditsThis course will examine the implications of separatist movements using the Scottish referendum as a starting point. The main topics will include the creation of new nations as a matter of international law; an exploration of national identity and its impact vis-à-vis other factors creation of a new state; the creation of new constitutions and an exploration of the British unwritten constitution; sovereignty and currency unions; the impact of a diminished United Kingdom internationally, and the possibility of a fresh look at the UN Security Council which may change the balance in international relations.
SCIENTIFIC AND EXPERT EVIDENCE - 267
2 creditsThis course reviews specific topics of scientific and expert evidence in more depth than is possible in the basic evidence course. The initial section in the course will involve some fundamental rules about expert evidence, including gatekeeping standards and disclosures. Afterward, the class will examine specific areas of expert and scientific testimony. Topics should include many of the following (depending on availability of guest experts to visit): DNA, forensic science, medical causation, and economic valuation. The class will also perform several written exercises regarding common expert issues, such as motions in limine, expert disclosures, and the like.
2014 FARM BILL - 399
1 CreditThe course will review key provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill (officially the Agricultural Act of 2014, HR 2642) passed by Congress and signed by the President in February. The discussion will begin with a reveiw of the key issues raised in the three-year political process from which the final act emerged. The discussion will then consider key provisions of the act including: changes made in the price support and crop insurances program; the conversation and environmental provisions; nutritious programs, including reforms in in SNAP or food stamps; rural development and research initiatives; and efforts to support new farmers and promote local and regional food systems. Other unique provisions relating to changes in America's food and agricultural policy will be addressed. The discussion will include current information on USDA's progress in implementing the new law. The materials for the course will include Committee Report 113-333, the Conference Report for the Agurcultural Act of 2014.