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LAW 201: Civil Procedure I

This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum. This course is a study of the process of civil litigation from the commencement of a lawsuit through final judgment under modern statutes and rules of court, with emphasis on the federal rules of civil procedure. May include class participation, written assignments, or other elements. Your instructor will advise you of the basis for grading.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5

LAW 205: Contracts

This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum. It provides exposure to basic contract law. The course will identify the scope and purpose of the legal protection accorded to interests predicated on contract and will focus on problems of contract formation, interpretation, performance, and remedies for breach.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5

LAW 219: Legal Research and Writing

Legal Research and Writing is a two-unit course taught as a simulation. Students work on a legal problem starting with an initial interview, and they conduct fact investigation and legal research related to that problem. Students receive rigorous training in reading and analyzing legal authority, and in using persuasive strategies--legal analysis, narrative, rhetoric, legal theory, and public policy--to frame and develop legal arguments. Students write predictive memos and persuasive briefs, and are introduced to the professional norms of ethics, timeliness, and courtesy. This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2

LAW 223: Torts

This course is part of the required first-year JD curriculum. It considers issues involved in determining whether the law should require a person to compensate for harm intentionally or unintentionally caused. These problems arise in situations as diverse as automobile collisions, operations of nuclear facilities, and consumption of defective food products. Among other considerations, the course explores various resolutions in terms of their social, economic, and political implications.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5

LAW 240D: Discussion (1L): Criminal Legal Histories

This seminar will trace the roots of four critical aspects of the American criminal justice system: jury independence and the power of jurors to render verdicts according to conscience; plea bargaining and the marginalization of juries; penitentiaries and the displacement of other forms of punishment; and the criminalization of recreational drugs. Though modern criminal justice policy will inform our conversation, the readings will be historical with an emphasis on primary source documents. We will examine the forces driving legal evolution and the historian's tools in mapping those forces. Class meets 6:30 PM-8:30 PM on Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Nov. 2.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Fisher, G. (PI)

LAW 240J: Discussion (1L): Religion, Identity and Law

This seminar will focus on the dynamic interplay between religious identity, community, and worldview, and the study, practice, and profession of law. As a defining force for so many across the globe, and in the norms through which human beings recognize their rights and arrange their affairs, religion has a unique and abiding impact on the work and life of aspiring and practicing lawyers ¿ for believers and nonbelievers alike. Whether as first-year law students or seasoned practitioners, the need to anticipate, appreciate, and reconcile religious perspectives is both a vital professional skill and an illuminating resource for self-understanding and mutual respect. The class will meet across three on-campus sessions and a closing offsite dinner, and will include a collaborative exploration of primary and secondary sources, as well as custom conversational frameworks. Topics will include religion and cross-cultural lawyering, religion and legal systems, the role of faith in judicial dec more »
This seminar will focus on the dynamic interplay between religious identity, community, and worldview, and the study, practice, and profession of law. As a defining force for so many across the globe, and in the norms through which human beings recognize their rights and arrange their affairs, religion has a unique and abiding impact on the work and life of aspiring and practicing lawyers ¿ for believers and nonbelievers alike. Whether as first-year law students or seasoned practitioners, the need to anticipate, appreciate, and reconcile religious perspectives is both a vital professional skill and an illuminating resource for self-understanding and mutual respect. The class will meet across three on-campus sessions and a closing offsite dinner, and will include a collaborative exploration of primary and secondary sources, as well as custom conversational frameworks. Topics will include religion and cross-cultural lawyering, religion and legal systems, the role of faith in judicial decision-making, and law as a vocation (with attendant self-care dynamics). Befitting the overarching goals of diversity and inclusion in the discussion series generally, and the central importance of particularized themes of bridge building, this seminar is warmly and equally open to students of any religious tradition and those of no religion at all. Class meets 4:30 PM-6:30 PM on Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 25, Nov, 10.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Sonne, J. (PI)

LAW 240K: Discussion (1L): Representations of Criminal Lawyers in Popular Culture Through the Lens of Bias

This seminar will explore the portrayal of criminal lawyers in popular films and will engage in critical analysis of how misconceptions about the criminal justice system and biases against women, people of color and the poor are amplified on the big screen. Source materials will include numerous mass-market films juxtaposed against authoritative law review and other commentary to afford in-depth discussion. Class meets 6:00 PM-8:00 PM on Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Tyler, R. (PI)

LAW 240M: Discussion (1L): The Central Park Five Case

This discussion seminar will focus on racial factors in the criminal justice system, using the Central Park 5 case and the Netflix series "When They See Us" as the jumping off point for the discussion. Following each episode of the series, the seminar will discuss the investigation, the trial, incarceration and post incarceration experiences. Although there may be some readings, the primary material will be the Netflix series. Joining Professor Mills in each session will be Emily Galvin-Almanze. Emily is a Stanford Law graduate and former public defender, and as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Partners for Justice, she is the creator of the collaborative defense school of practice, which incorporates client-led and holistic defense principles into the everyday practice of law. She is currently working with jurisdictions around the nation to expand and re-define public defense. Participants may also include, depending on their availability, George Gascon, the recently elected progr more »
This discussion seminar will focus on racial factors in the criminal justice system, using the Central Park 5 case and the Netflix series "When They See Us" as the jumping off point for the discussion. Following each episode of the series, the seminar will discuss the investigation, the trial, incarceration and post incarceration experiences. Although there may be some readings, the primary material will be the Netflix series. Joining Professor Mills in each session will be Emily Galvin-Almanze. Emily is a Stanford Law graduate and former public defender, and as Co-Founder and Executive Director of Partners for Justice, she is the creator of the collaborative defense school of practice, which incorporates client-led and holistic defense principles into the everyday practice of law. She is currently working with jurisdictions around the nation to expand and re-define public defense. Participants may also include, depending on their availability, George Gascon, the recently elected progressive District Attorney in Los Angeles who has been a leader in the investigation of racism in enforcement of the laws, Mike Romano, who leads our Three Strikes Project, and one of the Three Strikers whose release was secured by Stanford's Three Strike Project. The first class will be at the Law School from 4:15 PM -6:15 PM. The remainder will likely be in San Francisco and transportation will be provided and will depart around 4:30 PM and return around 8:30 or 9:00 PM. Sept. 19, Oct. 11, Oct. 31, Nov. 1.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Mills, D. (PI)

LAW 240Q: Discussion (1L): Human Reproduction in the 21st Century: Legal and Ethical Issues

This seminar will discuss issues around human reproduction in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will talk about abortion "including the Dobbs case," and the problems of when life or rights begin, eugenics, embryo selection, and embryo editing (also known as "designer babies"). An underlying theme will be how "we" -- a culture, as a legal system, as legal systems -- decide what should and shouldn't be done. Class meets 6:30 PM-8:30 PM on Sept. 20, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Nov. 1.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Greely, H. (PI)

LAW 240T: Discussion (1L): Race and Technology

People often tend to think of technology as value neutral, as essentially objective tools that can be used for good or evil, particularly when questions of race and racial justice are involved. But the technologies we develop and deploy are frequently shaped by historical prejudices, biases, and inequalities and thus may be no less biased and racist than the underlying society in which they exist. In this discussion group, we will consider whether and how racial and other biases are present in a wide range of technologies, such as "risk assessment" algorithms for bail, predictive policing, and other decisions in the criminal justice system; facial recognition systems; surveillance tools; algorithms for medical diagnosis and treatment decisions; online housing ads that result in "digital redlining;" programs that determine entitlement to credit or public benefits and/or purport to detect fraud by recipients; algorithms used in recruiting and hiring; digital divide access gaps; and more. more »
People often tend to think of technology as value neutral, as essentially objective tools that can be used for good or evil, particularly when questions of race and racial justice are involved. But the technologies we develop and deploy are frequently shaped by historical prejudices, biases, and inequalities and thus may be no less biased and racist than the underlying society in which they exist. In this discussion group, we will consider whether and how racial and other biases are present in a wide range of technologies, such as "risk assessment" algorithms for bail, predictive policing, and other decisions in the criminal justice system; facial recognition systems; surveillance tools; algorithms for medical diagnosis and treatment decisions; online housing ads that result in "digital redlining;" programs that determine entitlement to credit or public benefits and/or purport to detect fraud by recipients; algorithms used in recruiting and hiring; digital divide access gaps; and more. Building on these various case studies, we will seek to articulate a framework for recognizing both explicit and subtle anti-black and other biases in tech and understanding them in the broader context of racism and inequality in our society. Finally, we will discuss how these problems might be addressed, including by regulators, legislators, and courts as well as by significant changes in mindset and practical engagement by technology developers and educators. Elements used in grading: Full attendance, reading of assigned materials, and active participation. Class meets 4:30 PM-6:00 PM on Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Malone, P. (PI)
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