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Saul Levmore : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2014
Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
Torts
LAWS 30611
The focus of this course, offered over two sequential quarters, is on the Anglo-American system (mainly judge-created) dealing with injury to person or property. Special stress is placed on the legal doctrines governing accidental injury, including negligence and strict liability. Grades are based on a single final examination at the end of the two-quarter sequence, though participation may be taken into account as indicated on the syllabus.
Autumn 2014
Saul Levmore
Copyright
LAWS 45801
This course explores the major areas of copyright law, with special emphasis on how law has responded to new technologies and political pressures. Topics include copyright duration, subject matter, and ownership; the rights and limitations of copyright holders, including the fair use doctrine; remedies for copyright infringement; and federal preemption of state law. The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Winter 2015
Saul Levmore
Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2015
Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2015
Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
Public Choice
LAWS 69001
This course focuses on the relationship between modern perspectives on voting and interest groups on the one hand and legislation and judicial interventions on the other. Public choice is essentially the science of collective decision-making, and it comes with several well developed tools of analysis. With these tools, and that perspective, we revisit the interactions between legislatures and judges, democracy's attempt to solve certain problems, and the roles played by a variety of legal doctrines and constitutional institutions (from takings law to line-item vetoes and to the meaning of precedents). As the course proceeds, we explore specific topics in law, such as the possibility of judicial vote-trading, the role of referenda in some jurisdictions but not others, and the role of precedent itself. Grades will be based on a final examination.
Spring 2015
Saul Levmore