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Julie A. Roin : 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
Introductory Income Taxation
LAWS 44121
(BID, CORE)This course provides an introduction to the essential elements of the federal income tax, with a special emphasis on the taxation of individuals. The topics covered include the nature, timing and measurement of income, the role played by "basis" in calculating gain (and loss) in transactions involving property, the boundary between personal and business expenditures, and the use of the tax system to provide behavioral incentives and disincentives. The course stresses the complex interactions between political and administrative concerns in the tax system.
Autumn 2016
Julie A. Roin
Topics in State and Local Finance
LAWS 53193
(BID, SEM)This seminar looks at a variety of fiscal challenges facing state and local governments, and at the legal constraints on politically attractive solutions to these challenges. In past years, topics have included educational funding, pension funding, "welcome stranger" property tax assessment, eminent domain, and municipal bankruptcy.
Autumn 2016
Julie A. Roin
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
Local Government Law
LAWS 43228
(CORE)This course examines the law regarding the provision of public goods and services at the state and local level. It explores the way in which local government law addresses the issues of what services a local government should provide, which residents should receive those services, who pays for the services provided, and how these decisions are reached. In the process, it explores the relationship among federal, state, and local governments, with particular emphasis on judicial analysis of the constitutional and statutory basis of those relationships.
Winter 2017
Julie A. Roin
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions
LAWS 44601
(++, CORE)This course provides a survey of the US tax treatment of both inbound (foreign investment in the US) and outbound (US investment abroad) transactions. Though the principal focus of the class is on the US tax rules, some attention is paid to the interaction between US and foreign tax systems through the operation of the tax credit and tax treaties. Introductory Income Tax is a recommended prerequisite. Students grades will be based on a three-hour examination.
Winter 2017
Julie A. Roin