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This page will be updated with any corrections, time changes, new courses and cancellations throughout the year as new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to view any new announcements.

Fall 2015

Gender, Law & Policy (S)
JD966 (A1)
For a complete list of confirmed speakers and paper titles, click here.

Introduction to Risk Management & Compliance
JD778 (A1)
This course has been added to the fall 2015 schedule. Please be advised that Maggie Weir will be unable to teach the course as planned. Babak Boghraty and Professor Tamar Frankel will co-teach the course at the originally scheduled time (Monday/Wednesday, 6:30-8:00). The revised course description is as follows:

Corporate accountability for violations of the law has existed for many years. However, the requirements to self-police and prevent violations have increasingly become more demanding. In addition to focusing self-regulation on specific misconduct, institutions are required to install a system of preventing corporate misconduct. Today, in deciding whether to prosecute a business enterprise, enforcement agencies use two main tests: self-policing systems – that is, systems that prevent violations, and if they occurred, detect and report violations. This course provides a conceptual introduction to “compliance” or “self-regulation” – its genesis; the core legal authorities that define it; and, the new tools for managing legal risk in multinational enterprises.  You will learn how an enterprise should and can control legal risk and function well in the expanding global marketplace. We begin by examining the theoretical foundations of corporate accountability: 1) the doctrines of respondeat superior and collective knowledge; 2) the structure and philosophy of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations (FSGO); and, 3) the principles that guide federal prosecutorial power and discretion. We then turn to two principal statutes that establish federal oversight of corporate governance: the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  We chose this aspect of corporate activities because most corporations, even small ones act in a global context; consequently, regulations of this aspect of many functions apply to a variety of specialized businesses.  We explore the substantive and jurisdictional provisions of both statutes, particularly their extraterritorial application to agents and partners of multinational enterprises around the world.  Please note that different businesses, such as medicine, finance and oil drilling are regulated differently and require different kinds of internal corporate compliance rules and mechanisms. This course offers the general model, which helps understand and follow other substantive areas. Finally, there are the “hands on” self-regulatory functions, on which this course touches generally.In the second half of the course, we focus on how to build an effective compliance and ethics program.  Our inquiry has three broad dimensions:

  • What does corporate culture mean?  What does ethics mean? How are they related to rule enforcement?
  • How can corporate leaders build a corporate ethos – an organizational culture – that promotes compliance with the law and ethical conduct at all levels of the corporate structure?
  • What, if any, is an enterprise’s social responsibility beyond making profit and serving its shareholders?
  • What are the technical requirements of a system that effectively prevents, detects, and reports corporate misconduct?

Welcome to the U.S.-global marketplace!

Jessup Moot Court: Problem Solving in International Law - FULL YEAR COURSE
JD989 (A1)
Cosette Creamer will be advising the 2015-2016 Jessup Moot Court team and teaching the required class. More information about this program and the application process can be found here. The deadline for applications is 8:00 am on Monday, August 17.

Spring 2016

The Color Line and the Problem of Reparations (S)
JD878 (A1)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2016 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Lyons and will meet on Wednesdays from 2:10 p.m to 4:10 p.m. The course description is as follows:

This seminar examines the role of race and ethnicity in American law and social practice from the early colonial period to the present and in the light of that history it considers the possibility of reparations for those affected by slavery and discrimination.  It will focus on the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans Latinos Americans, and some immigrant groups, and will address such issues as the history of reparations, their aims and forms, who might have a valid claim to reparations, and how reparations might reasonably be funded.  Readings will include A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki, Reparations: Pro and Con by Alfred Brophy, and other historical and legal materials.

Seminar members will take turns initiating discussion by addressing the issues set for a given seminar meeting.  A term paper will be required on an approved topic: a complete and polished draft will be revised in light of comments received.  Grades will primarily be based on the final version of the term paper, with consideration given to contributions to seminar discussions.

This seminar is open to law students, philosophy graduate students, and advanced philosophy majors. As it originates in the Law School, it will follow the Law School’s calendar and time schedule. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 8 students.

Corporate Finance
JD985 (B1)
Mr. Ray Wilson will be unable to teach the spring 2016 section of Corporate Finance as planned. Kathryn Griner, a master lecturer at BU’s Questrom School of Business, will teach the course at the originally scheduled time (Monday/Wednesday, 2:10- 3:40). You may view Ms. Griner's profile on the Questrom site:

Health Care Transactions(S)
JD998 (A1)
This seminar has been scheduled on Mondays from 4:20-6:20. It will be taught by Mr. Michael Lampert and Ms. Dianne McCarthy.

Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act (S)
JD992 (A1)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2016 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Mariner and will meet at the School of Public Health on Mondays from 2:00 p.m to 4:30 p.m. The course description is as follows:

The seminar offers an in-depth examination of the pivotal role of public and private insurance in US health policy. Health insurance pays for almost all health care in the US, strongly influencing (often dictating) who gets what care and on what terms. The class explores how the Affordable Care Act affects the design, operation, and regulation of health benefit plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, employer-sponsored group plans, and commercial insurance. Investigating contemporary regulations, students learn fundamentals of insurance, where reforms do and do not alter such fundamentals, and whether reforms affect larger principles of law. Topics include state and federal regulation; ERISA plan requirements; ERISA preemption of certain state laws; accepting, managing and shifting financial risk; designing health insurance exchanges; contracting with providers, Accountable Care Organizations, employers, and individuals; designing and administering plans; defining benefits, including Essential Health Benefits; appeals and remedies; and state adaptations of health insurance exchanges, subsidy wrap-arounds, risk corridors, and Medicaid expansions. PREREQUISITE: JD 867 (Health Law) or JD 926 (Public Health Law) or LW 751 (Public Health Law at BUSPH) or permission of instructor. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: This class will meet with SPH LW 830 at the School of Public Health and is limited to five law students. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the upper- class professional skills requirement. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT: A limited number of students may elect to use this course to fulfill the upper-class writing requirement with permission of the instructor.

Restorative Justice
JD827 (A1)
The meeting time for this course has been changed to Mondays from 6:30pm-9:30pm

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