William Straus


Representative of the 10th Bristol District
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Private Practitioner

BA, Middlebury College
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
MPA, Harvard University


William Straus has represented the 10th Bristol District in the Massachusetts Legislature since his election in 1992. Prior to his election as representative, Mr. Straus served as an assistant district attorney in Bristol County for six years. He also was a member of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission and was a founding board member of the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council for several years. Mr. Straus is the current House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has worked on a number of issues in the legislature including education, the environment, health care and privacy matters. He teaches Introduction to the American Legal System.


2 credits

This course focuses principally on three areas: (1) the use of case law as a primary source of American law, including analysis of cases, reasoning from prior cases, the evolution of case law, and the case method of teaching; (2) the structure of the American legal system and selected elements of Constitutional law, such as allocation of powers among the three branches of government, the relationship between federal and state courts, due process of law, equal protection, and other key concepts; and (3) a brief introduction to particular private law subjects such as contracts, intellectual property, criminal procedure and torts. The goal is to provide insight into the methods used by American lawyers in dealing with legal questions and an introduction to the structural and substantive legal framework within which American lawyers operate. This course is no longer a required course for students who did not obtain their first law degree at a law school in the United States. However, foreign-educated students planning to sit for a bar examination in the United States, especially the New York State Bar Examination, must take this course, which is only offered in the fall semester.

FALL 2017: LAW BK 912 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 10:10 am 12:10 pm 2 William Straus LAW
FALL 2018: LAW BK 912 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 10:10 am 12:10 pm 2 William Straus
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