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The Laws Of Robots: Crimes, Contracts, And Torts

Construction Law (2) 601(Formerly DCL 314)In order to avoid costly delays and prolonged disputes that can arise during a construction project, all stakeholders in a construction project need to be aware of the legal issues that can arise in the construction process. This course will provide an overview of the laws concerning contracting and construction including project delivery methods, important contract clauses found in proprietary and industry standard contract documents, private and public contracts, bidding, mechanic's lien, performance and payment bonds, standard construction insurance products for risk mitigation, and dispute resolution. By the end of this course, you will possess a framework for recognizing, understanding and mitigating legal issues that could arise during a construction project. Top

The Laws of Robots: Crimes, Contracts, and Torts

Tribal Law (2) 635E(This course replaces Advanced Topics in Indian Law: Tribal Law) A survey of the laws that tribes enact to govern themselves. It considers issues ranging from governance (elections, justice systems, and tribal constitutions), to conflicts between individuals (contracts, property, domestic relations, torts), to regulation of a tribal community's economy.Top

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Stewart J. Schwab, professor of law at Cornell Law School and a specialist in labor and employment law, and tort and contract law, has been named the new dean of the Law School, Cornell President Jeffrey S. Lehman announced today (Dec. 5)."Stewart Schwab is a nationally recognized scholar who has the respect and admiration of his colleagues on the Cornell faculty," said Lehman. "I am confident that, with his strong leadership, the Law School will make ever greater contributions to our understanding of the law and legal institutions and will continue to prepare our students for lives of accomplished service within a rapidly changing profession."Schwab earned an M.A. in labor economics and industrial organization (1978), a J.D. (magna cum laude, 1980) and a Ph.D. in economics (1981) from the University of Michigan, then clerked for the Hon. J. Dickson Phillips of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor before joining the Law School faculty in 1983.Cornell Provost Biddy Martin, who chaired the search committee, said: "Stewart brings to the position 20 years of teaching and scholarship in areas that have enormous significance and breadth. He is one of our most productive and distinguished legal scholars and is widely respected by his colleagues. I look forward to working with him." She added, "We were fortunate to have a superb set of candidates, including three from within Cornell among our five finalists, and making the final choice was challenging.""I am delighted but humbled at being chosen," said Schwab. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to make Cornell Law School and the larger university an even stronger place than it is today."Schwab has examined issues in labor and employment law through empirical analysis, as well as from comparative and law and economics perspectives. He is the co-author, with Samuel Estreicher, of Foundations of Labor and Employment Law (Foundation Press, 2000). Among his casebook publications are Employment Law: Cases and Materials (Matthew Bender & Company, 3rd ed, 2002), with Steven L. Willborn and John F. Burton Jr. He has written about employment discrimination, workplace accommodations to people with disabilities, sexual harassment in the workplace, constitutional tort litigation and labor law reform and has contributed numerous chapters to books on employment law. He has published articles in scholarly law journals at Yale University, the University of Chicago, New York University, William and Mary, University of Michigan and Cornell and he is currently co-editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. At Cornell he has taught courses on comparative labor law, contracts in a global society, corporations, empirical studies of the legal system, torts, employment and labor law, and law and economics. He was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Nebraska Law School in spring 2003 and a Fulbright senior scholar at the Australian National University's Centre for Law and Economics in January 1998. He has been a visiting fellow at Oxford University's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, the Chapman Tripp Visiting Lecturer at Victoria University Faculty of Law, New Zealand, an Olin visiting research professor of law and economics at the University of Virginia Law School and a visiting professor at law schools at Duke University and the University of Michigan.Schwab has consulted for the World Bank on reform of labor and employment laws in parts of the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union and has been a consultant on ERISA, ESOP and Title VII litigation. Among the projects he currently is working on is "What Do CEOs Bargain For?: An Empirical Study of Key Legal Components of CEO Contracts" (with R. Thomas). He also served on the City of Ithaca Board of Zoning Appeals in 1985-88.Schwab succeeds Lee Teitelbaum, who served as dean of the Law School from July 1999 to June 2003. In addition to the provost, search committee members were: Walter Cohen, vice provost; Stephen Crane, chair, Law School Advisory Council; and these Law School faculty members: Professors Theodore Eisenberg, Stephen Garvey, Barbara Holden-Smith, Sheri Lynn Johnson, Annelise Riles and Faust Rossi, and Carol Grumbach, senior lecturer and director, Lawyering Program. For details on the other finalists, see the Provost's Web site: in 1887, Cornell Law School, , is a major research center and a leader in legal education. The school has about 45 full-time faculty members as well as a number of adjunct faculty members and practitioners teaching part time. It enrolls about 600 students, from most states and several countries, in its J.D. degree program and 60 additional students, most holding foreign law degrees, in its master of laws (LL.M.) degree program. It also offers specialized or combined degrees, such as the U.S. Juris-Doctor/French Maîtrise en Droit degree, offered jointly with the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the J.D.-M.LL.P. degree, offered in conjunction with Berlin's Humboldt University.-30- Media Inquiries Media Contact Media Relations Office 607-255-6074 Get Cornell news delivered right to your inbox.

The Michigan Clinical Law Program (MCLP) is a 7-credit litigation clinic that gives students the chance to practice law in a variety of issue areas affecting low-income clients. Students must enroll in the 4-credit clinic and the 3-credit seminar, taken concurrently. The clinic covers many areas of the law. The civil case-load changes term to term, but may include landlord-tenant, consumer, family law, public benefits, employment discrimination, asylum and refugee, contracts, torts, and prisoners' civil rights cases. We try to keep a wide mix of work, from simple one-issue cases to class actions raising issues of first impression. On the criminal side, students handle misdemeanor cases for their short-term files, and do (mostly post-conviction) felony cases for their more complex files. Students do all of the work for their clients (under faculty supervision), including interviewing, counseling, legal research, discovery, negotiation, motion practice, bench and jury trials, and appeals. Students have "first-chair" responsibility for their cases and primary responsibility for their clients. MCLP students handle cases in the state district, circuit, and probate courts, as well as the federal district courts, state and federal administrative agencies, and appeals to all levels of both court systems. The seminar and field-work are graded. The MCLP meets the NY bar pro bono requirement. A more detailed description can be found at: 041b061a72


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