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Saul Levmore : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Conspiracy Theories
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)Conspiracy theories have always shadowed governments, religions, and organized societies. How and when do they arise? How can they be distinguished from contrarian views that eventually displace convention and become scientifically or sensibly accepted? This Greenberg Seminar will meet on five Thursday evenings in the Autumn and Winter Quarters to discuss books and other materials on modern and venerable conspiracy theories. Credit may not be allocated to Spring. This Greenberg Seminar will meet on Thursday evenings, usually from 7:30-9:30. Please do not sign up for this seminar if that day presents problems. Projected meeting dates are: October 6, October 20, November 3, January 12, January 26, February 2.Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Saul Levmore, Julie A. Roin
Torts
LAWS 30611
(1L, A)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 laid on the legal doctrines governing accidental injury, including negligence and strict liability. The student's grade is based on a single final examination at the end of the two-quarter sequence.
Autumn 2016
Saul Levmore
Greenberg Seminar: Conspiracy Theories
LAWS 92000
(A)Conspiracy theories have always shadowed governments, religions, and organized societies. How and when do they arise? How can they be distinguished from contrarian views that eventually displace convention and become scientifically or sensibly accepted? This Greenberg Seminar will meet on five Thursday evenings in the Autumn and Winter Quarters to discuss books and other materials on modern and venerable conspiracy theories. Credit may not be allocated to Spring.Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2017
Saul Levmore, Julie A. Roin
Public Choice
LAWS 43218
(BID, CORE)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 the meaning of precedents and to the way we structure appeals). 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.
Winter 2017
Saul Levmore