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Emily Buss : Courses and Seminars

Civil Procedure I
LAWS 30211
(1L)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.
Autumn 2016
Emily Buss
Greenberg Seminar: Reimagining Work
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)This seminar explores what work could look like 50 years from now and whether work “reimagined” could result in a greater good for individuals and society. Using non-fiction books, articles, and television episodes, seminar discussions will be centered on how work might change in the future and, specifically, how work could be re-structured to promote various social goals such as gender equity, work-life balance, and individual and societal health-and well-being. We will focus on economic, technology, and regulatory changes, as well as changing social norms around gender roles, as possible drivers of this change.
Autumn 2016
Emily Buss, Amy M. Hermalik, Rosalind Dixon
Children and the Law: The Restatement Process
LAWS 53351
(SRP, WP, SEM, BID)This seminar combines an introduction to the substantive law of children's rights, and an introduction to the process through which the American Law Institute Restatements are produced. Professor Buss serves as one of the Reporters on the ALI's new Restatement of Children and the Law, and work for this course offers students an opportunity to contribute to that drafting and advising process. After the first few sessions, in which students will gain basic grounding in children's rights and the Restatement process, students will prepare and present draft Restatement portions focused on a topic of their choice, to be discussed and reviewed by their classmates, who will serve in the ALI adviser's role. Possible topics include school speech, search and seizures in schools and elsewhere, rights and limits of religious observance in schools, gender identity rights, rights to access medical and reproductive care, among others. After the seminar concludes, students will submit a final, revised Restatement portion (black letter law, comments, and reporter's notes), which will qualify for SRP credit. Prior enrollment in Con Law VII (Parent, Child & State) or The Constitution Goes to School does not preclude enrollment in this seminar, as student work in the seminar will focus on a specific topic and general discussion will focus on the Restatement process and the particular questions pressed in that context.
Spring 2017
Emily Buss
Evidence
LAWS 41601
(BID, CORE)This course examines the law governing proof of disputed propositions of fact in criminal and civil trials, including relevance, character evidence, the hearsay "rule" and other rules of exclusion, and examination and privileges of witnesses.The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Spring 2017
Emily Buss
Greenberg Seminar: Reimagining Work
LAWS 92000
(A) This seminar explores what work could look like 50 years from now and whether work “reimagined” could result in a greater good for individuals and society. Using non-fiction books, articles, and television episodes, seminar discussions will be centered on how work might change in the future and, specifically, how work could be re-structured to promote various social goals such as gender equity, work-life balance, and individual and societal health-and well-being. We will focus on economic, technology, and regulatory changes, as well as changing social norms around gender roles, as possible drivers of this change.
Spring 2017
Emily Buss, Amy M. Hermalik, Rosalind Dixon
Constitutional Law VII: Parent, Child, and State
LAWS 47101
(CL, CORE)This course considers the role that constitutional law plays in shaping children's development. Among the topics discussed are children's and parent's rights of expression and religious exercise; parental identity rights including rights associated with paternity claims, termination proceedings, assisted reproduction, and adoption; the scope of the state’s authority to intervene to protect children, to regulate their conduct, or to influence their upbringing; and the role of race and culture in defining the family. The student's grade is based on a take-home examination.
Winter 2017
Emily Buss
Greenberg Seminar: Reimagining Work
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar explores what work could look like 50 years from now and whether work “reimagined” could result in a greater good for individuals and society. Using non-fiction books, articles, and television episodes, seminar discussions will be centered on how work might change in the future and, specifically, how work could be re-structured to promote various social goals such as gender equity, work-life balance, and individual and societal health-and well-being. We will focus on economic, technology, and regulatory changes, as well as changing social norms around gender roles, as possible drivers of this change.
Winter 2017
Emily Buss, Amy M. Hermalik, Rosalind Dixon