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Jonathan S. Masur : Courses and Seminars

Criminal Law
LAWS 30311
(1L, A)This course, offered over two sequential quarters, addresses the doctrines of criminal liability and the moral and social problems of crime. The definitions of crimes and defenses are considered in light of the purposes of punishment and the role of the criminal justice system, including police and correctional agencies.The student's grade is based on class participation and a single final examination at the end of the Spring quarter.
Autumn 2016
Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)We will explore a series of works on urban crime, politics, and policing, with an emphasis on the City of Baltimore: David Simon, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,” Sudhir Venkatesh, “Gang Leader for a Day,” Jill Loevy, “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America,” and all of “The Wire.” We will focus particularly on the drug war – the economics and violence of the trade; the culture of the police bureaucracy; alternative law enforcement strategies such as informants and wiretapping; the politics of race, crime rates, and legalization; and the effects of addiction. But these works also examine the effects of declining blue collar jobs and weakening labor unions; the effects of race, incumbency, and corruption on local politics; the challenges and failures of urban education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance.Preference is given to 3L students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan S. Masur
Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory
LAWS 63402
(A, BID, SEM)Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions.Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit.Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to post questions to the online discussion board.
Autumn 2016
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur
Behavioral Law and Economics
LAWS 51702
(BID, SEM)This seminar will explore a set of frontier issues at the intersection of law and human behavior, including people's conduct under risk and uncertainty; the commitment to fairness; social influences and peer pressure; extremism; adaptation; happiness; discrimination; and judicial behavior. Some discussion will be devoted to the uses and limits of paternalism.Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short papers.
Spring 2017
Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War
LAWS 92000
(A)We will explore a series of works on urban crime, politics, and policing, with an emphasis on the City of Baltimore: David Simon, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,” Sudhir Venkatesh, “Gang Leader for a Day,” Jill Loevy, “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America,” and all of “The Wire.” We will focus particularly on the drug war – the economics and violence of the trade; the culture of the police bureaucracy; alternative law enforcement strategies such as informants and wiretapping; the politics of race, crime rates, and legalization; and the effects of addiction. But these works also examine the effects of declining blue collar jobs and weakening labor unions; the effects of race, incumbency, and corruption on local politics; the challenges and failures of urban education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance.Preference is given to 3L students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2017
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2017
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan S. Masur
Patent Law
LAWS 43244
(BID, CORE)This is a basic course in patent law, in which the class is introduced to the governing statutes, core concepts, and influential court decisions. No technical expertise is necessary whatsoever, and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. Patent cases sometimes involve complicated technologies, but the key to understanding the relevant legal issue almost never turns on an understanding of the patented technology itself. Student grades are based on an in-class final examination. Students from all backgrounds -- technical or not -- are encouraged to enroll.
Spring 2017
Jonathan S. Masur
Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory
LAWS 63402
(A, BID, SEM)Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions.Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit.Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to post questions to the online discussion board.
Spring 2017
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur
Criminal Law
LAWS 30311
(1L, A)This course, offered over two sequential quarters, addresses the doctrines of criminal liability and the moral and social problems of crime. The definitions of crimes and defenses are considered in light of the purposes of punishment and the role of the criminal justice system, including police and correctional agencies.The student's grade is based on class participation and a single final examination at the end of the Spring quarter.
Winter 2017
Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War
LAWS 92000
(A)We will explore a series of works on urban crime, politics, and policing, with an emphasis on the City of Baltimore: David Simon, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,” Sudhir Venkatesh, “Gang Leader for a Day,” Jill Loevy, “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America,” and all of “The Wire.” We will focus particularly on the drug war – the economics and violence of the trade; the culture of the police bureaucracy; alternative law enforcement strategies such as informants and wiretapping; the politics of race, crime rates, and legalization; and the effects of addiction. But these works also examine the effects of declining blue collar jobs and weakening labor unions; the effects of race, incumbency, and corruption on local politics; the challenges and failures of urban education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance.Preference is given to 3L students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2017
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2017
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan S. Masur
Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory
LAWS 63402
(A, BID, SEM)Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions.Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit.Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to post questions to the online discussion board.
Winter 2017
Richard H. McAdams, Jonathan S. Masur