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David A. Weisbach : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2014
David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
Global Inequality
LAWS 92403
Global income and wealth are highly concentrated. The richest 2% of the population own about half of the global assets. Per capita income in the United States is around $47,000 and in Europe it is around $30,500, while in India it is $3,400 and in Congo, it is $329. There are equally unsettling inequalities in longevity, health, and education. In this class, we ask what duties nations and individuals have to address these inequalities and what are the best strategies for doing so. What role must each country play in helping itself? What is the role of international agreements and agencies, of NGOs, and of corporations in addressing global poverty? How do we weigh policies that emphasize growth against policies that emphasize within-country equality, health, or education? In seeking answers to these questions, the class will combine readings on the law and economics of global development with readings on the philosophy of global justice. A particular focus will be on the role that legal institutions, both domestic and international, play in discharging these duties. For, example, we might focus on how a nation with natural resources can design legal institutions to ensure they are exploited for the benefit of the citizens of the country. Students will be expected to write a paper, which may qualify for substantial writing credit. Non-law students are welcome but need permission of the instructors, since space is limited.
Winter 2015
Martha Nussbaum, David A. Weisbach
Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2015
David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
Taxation of Corporations I
LAWS 75801
This course examines income tax aspects of the formations, distributions, and liquidations of corporations. The focus is on transactional and planning aspects of the corporate tax. Prerequisite: Introductory Income Tax required except with permission of the instruction. The student's grade is based on class participation and a final examination.
Winter 2015
David A. Weisbach
Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater
LAWS 95902
This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2015
David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
Taxation of Corporations II
LAWS 75901
This course surveys the taxation of reorganizations and other adjustments involving continuing businesses: mergers, asset and stock acquisitions and other similar shifts of ownership and control; recapitalizations; and divisions. Points of focus are the recognition of gain and loss and the survival and allocation of tax attributes (basis, earnings, and loss carryovers) in these transactions. Prerequisites: Taxation of Corporations I. Students' grades based on a final proctored examination.
Spring 2015
David A. Weisbach