New Semester, New Perspectives: Sophisticated Offerings for Fall 2014

This fall, Loyola is offering a wide array of exciting classes, many of them seminars where you can get a unique small-class experience with leading legal experts. Below is a sampling.  

Jeffery Atik

European Union LawThe European Union is the largest unified market in the world and a leader in global legal innovation.  Recommended for students interested in international law, international business law and trade.

Professor Atik is an expert on international finance and trade. He blogs at Attraverso.


Clark, Brietta headshotBrietta Clark

Health Law Survey: The Legal Regulation of Health Care Access, Quality and Cost in the U.S.With the advent of ObamaCare, the legal issues surrounding heath care have created a massive demand for lawyers and legal advice.  From hospital management to abortion coverage to discrimination in health care access, students will gain a wide array of legal and critical tools.

Professor Clark is health law scholar and expert. She blogs at Health Care Justice Blog.


David Glazier

Professor Glazier, a former U.S. naval commander, is a national expert on the law governing the use of armed force, Guantánamo detention, and the military commissions. Two of his offerings are:

Law of War SeminarThe U.S. has decided to engage in a "war on terror" against non-state adversaries and has adopted new technologies such as armed drones.  These dramatic developments make an understanding of the relevant i­nternational law essential knowledge for any attorney wishing to be an informed participant in ongoing law and policy debates. 


Stanley Goldman

Law & GenocideThe Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Darfur.  How does international law recognize and effect such unfathomable and yet unfortunately reoccurring events?  What can be the role of the law and the lawyer in preventing, mitigating, or to at least providing some justice for the victims of such crimes.

Professor Goldman is a criminal law expert and Founder of the Center for the Study of Law & Genocide.


Justin HughesJustin Hughes

International Intellectual Property: This course introduces students to international intellectual property through a series of unresolved issues – can Californians or Chileans make a "Burgundy" wine?  Can New Zealand patent a new form of sheep?  What are the exceptions to copyright that a developing country like Kenya or Cambodia can declare for public education?  

Professor Hughes is a leading intellectual property scholar.  He recently served in the Obama Administration where he was the lead negotiator for two international IP treaties. 


Jessica Levinson

Money and Politics: The Law of Political Campaigns: Money plays a vital role in political campaigns. Should money spent in political campaigns be treated as speech? Should corporations be treated as people? How should the Supreme Court rule on laws that arguably burden speech but also reduce corruption and open access to the political system? Recommended for students interested in the First Amendment, the functioning of the Supreme Court, and politics.   

Professor Levinson is an expert in campaign finance law, is frequently quoted in the media on political issues, and is the Vice President of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. She blogs at PoLawTics.


Justin Levitt

Election LawElection laws, constantly in the news and the courts, are the foundation on which the rest of our legal system is built.  This class discusses the central legal challenges of the American democratic process, both old and brand new.  Students will confront issues including political power based on race and partisanship, rules for who can vote and how, and the campaign finance system. 

Professor Levitt’s research on elections and democracy has been cited extensively in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and his experience includes service in the leadership of the 2008 presidential campaign.  He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the 2014 Loyola graduating class. 


Yxta Murray

Women & the LawWhy are women still not represented at the highest echelons of law and business? How can we stop rape? Should there be laws prohibiting pornography?  This course examines how law sometimes provides answers to these questions, and how sometimes it is part of the problem.

Professor Murray is an award-winning artist and scholar of gender, culture and violence.


Lee Petherbridge

Biological Foundations of the LawCan biology explain how we think? To what extent is law a product of evolution? This course challenges basic ideas about law from a scientific perspective.  Recommended for students interested in jurisprudence and science.

Professor Petherbridge is an expert in biological sciences and holds the Richard A. Vachon, S.J., Fellowship.


Jennifer Rothman

Intellectual Property Honors Colloquium: This by-application-only course offers a unique peek into the world of cutting-edge intellectual property scholarship.  Expose yourself to some of next year’s most interesting IP scholarship before it’s published.  Students get to meet top IP scholars from around the world and discuss their works-in-progress in-depth and in-person.  Topics range each year depending on the visiting scholars, but the seminar format involves background reading on the subject of each guest’s paper, submitting written notes to the visiting scholar, and stimulating discussions with the speaker both in and out of class.

Professor Rothman is a leading intellectual property scholar who also has real-world entertainment experience.  Her most recent scholarship delves into the transferability of rights of publicity, the relevance of commerciality to IP law, and the appropriate role of private ordering in the upcoming copyright reform taking place in Congress.


Seagull Song

Professor Song is a leading expert in the U.S.-China intellectual property field and serves as Guest Professor at two leading Chinese law schools. Two of her offerings are:

Comparative Copyright Law: Chinese copyright law, which is based on the continental European model, differs in important respects from its U.S. counterpart.  Understanding Chinese (i.e. European) copyright is increasingly valuable, especially for lawyers working in international business and IP.

Chinese LawAs the second largest economy in the world and a key partner in U.S. trade, a basic knowledge of Chinese law is an important tool for attorneys working in international law and business. 


Marcy Strauss

The First Amendment and Hate Speech: Racial slurs, gay bashing, and anti-Semitism are just some of the hot-button topics covered in a class that takes a hard look at the way the First Amendment protects speech and regulates schools, workplaces and the political sphere.  Recommended for students interested in public interest law, employment law, or who have not taken the First Amendment Survey class. 

Professor Strauss is a constitutional law scholar whose work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Katherine Trisolini

Local Governments and the EnvironmentCities and other local governments are at the forefront of environmental reform, from climate change, to smart growth, to green energy, to efficiency innovations.  Learn how local laws governing zoning, building, and even our own LA River are a crucial part of the environmental policy debate.  Professor Trisolini helps each student develop and refine a research paper to fit his or her unique interests.

Professor Trisolini is an expert on environmental law, energy, and climate change.


David Tunick

Conflict of Laws: Contracts and civil litigation span multiple jurisdictions.  Which laws govern? Which jurisdiction gets the last word? Students will learn to navigate the important legal terrain of multi-state and international choice of law. Recommended for students interested in complex or international litigation and transactional work.

Professor Tunick’s expertise is in complex civil procedure and computer law. 

For additional offerings, please see the course catalog.