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Vincent Buccola : Courses and Seminars

Legal Research and Writing
LAWS 30711
All first-year students participate in the legal research and writing program under the supervision of one of the six Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Laws. The work requires the student to become familiar with the standard tools and techniques of legal research and to write a series of memoranda and other documents representative of the lawyer's regular tasks. A prize, the Joseph Henry Beale Prize, is awarded for the outstanding written work in each legal writing section. The Bigelow Fellows also serve as tutor-advisors on an informal basis.
Spring 2014
Vincent Buccola
Legal Research and Writing
LAWS 30711
All first-year students participate in the legal research and writing program under the supervision of one of the six Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Laws. The work requires the student to become familiar with the standard tools and techniques of legal research and to write a series of memoranda and other documents representative of the lawyer's regular tasks. A prize, the Joseph Henry Beale Prize, is awarded for the outstanding written work in each legal writing section. The Bigelow Fellows also serve as tutor-advisors on an informal basis.
Winter 2014
Vincent Buccola
Legal Research and Writing
LAWS 30711
All first-year students participate in the legal research and writing program under the supervision of one of the six Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Laws. The work requires the student to become familiar with the standard tools and techniques of legal research and to write a series of memoranda and other documents representative of the lawyer's regular tasks. A prize, the Joseph Henry Beale Prize, is awarded for the outstanding written work in each legal writing section. The Bigelow Fellows also serve as tutor-advisors on an informal basis.
Autumn 2013
Vincent Buccola
Public-Entity Bankruptcy
LAWS 73705
Detroit’s recent petition for Chapter 9 bankruptcy relief can be read as the coda to a dramatic yet idiosyncratic tale of economic decline. In many respects, though, the financial problems Detroit faces are similar to, if more pronounced than, the difficulties confronting many other towns, cities, and states. In this seminar we will explore the political and economic roots of public-entity financial distress, as well as the ways law seeks to prevent and mitigate its effects. Topics covered will include: the political and legal status of public entities vis a vis their citizens and creditors; the effects of mobility, voting rules, and interest-group politics on public spending and financing decisions; and the history and substance of Chapter 9. There is no prerequisite, but some working knowledge of corporate bankruptcy will be helpful. Grading will be based on a term paper, an in-class presentation, and regular participation.
Spring 2014
Vincent Buccola