Anthony Casey : Courses and Seminars
Bankruptcy and Reorganization: The Federal Bankruptcy Code
This course studies the Federal Bankruptcy Code, including both the law of individual bankruptcy and the law of corporate reorganization. Topics include the rights of creditors in bankruptcy, the individual's right to discharge, the relationship between bankruptcy law and state law, the treatment of executory contracts, bankruptcy planning, the restructuring of corporations in Chapter 11, and the procedure for confirming plans of reorganization. There are no prerequistes for this course.
This is an introductory course on the law of business organizations. While we will focus primarily on corporate law, we will also cover agency and partnership law and emerging legal entities such as limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies. The class is not open to students who are taking, or have taken, Business Associations I, Business Associations II or Corporation Law. The student's grade is based on a proctored final examination.
Civil Procedure II
Civil Procedure is offered in two parts. Part I meets in the Autumn Quarter and addresses the mechanics of civil litigation, with special reference to pleading, discovery, and trial, including the respective roles of judge and jury. Part II is offered in the Spring Quarter and focuses on the study of the power of particular courts to decide cases (subject-matter jurisdiction); jurisdiction of the courts over the person or things before them; the scope and effect of judgments; principles of finality of judgments; and the rules governing joinder of claims and parties. The student's grade is based on an examination given at the end of each quarter.
Law and the Theory of the Firm
This seminar examines legal and economic theories of why firms choose certain organizational and capital structures. The first part of the seminar will examine the decision between producing goods or services internally and purchasing those items from external markets. We will look at how agency, contract, corporate governance, and intellectual property laws interact with that decision. The second part of the seminar will examine the legal structures that determine how firms finance their operations. For example, why do some firms take on secured debt while others issue new equity? We will consider theories of how various laws (agency, contracts, corporate governance, and bankruptcy) can impact the agency and monitoring costs that drive the financing decision. Grades will be based on class participation and either 1) short research papers, or 2) a series of response papers.