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Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law

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Fall 2016

  • Administrative Law (4 cr.) (LAW 200) Mon, Tue & Thur, 3:30-5:20, Room TBA

    Course Description

    Federal agencies adjudicate more cases every year than all state and federal courts combined. The federal code of regulations is much longer than the codification of federal statutes. Administrative law is the introduction to how federal agencies make regulatory decisions – both rulemaking and adjudication – and how you sue the government if you think they got it wrong.

    Complications arise from what are often broad or ambiguous delegations of authority from Congress. There are issues about how and when agency decisions are subject to judicial review. And always lurking is the question of how we reconcile our dependence on an unelected, expert bureaucracy with our commitments to government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.

    Administrative Law is vitally important for anyone contemplating a practice that might involve federal regulations in any way which, if you think about it, is almost everything. A 2011 survey of GW law school alumni put Administrative Law as one of the top three most useful courses I took in law school, and #2 on the list of ‘courses I wish I had taken in law school’.

    Grading will be based on class participation and a an 8-hour take-home final exam.

  • Robot Law (1 cr.) Short course – 1 week – Times TBA

    Course Description
    This short course will introduce students to legal, ethical, and policy issues arising from the introduction of a disruptive technology: robots–ranging from autonomous cars, to drones, to medical robots, to battlefield robots. Issues include complex questions of liability, privacy, and design. For example, should we allow true robot autonomy, or require a ‘human in the decision loop’? If we require a human what should her role be (e.g. approval required, or veto capability), and what are the liability and practical consequences? If medical robots will someday be better diagnosticians than people, will it be malpractice not to use a robot diagnostician? And if so, what does that do to doctors?

Fall 2015

  • Torts (1L) (4 cr.) Mon, Tue, Wed & Thurs 11:15-12:15, Room F402

    Course Description
    Torts is a basic and required first year course. It provides an introduction to the law of civil wrongs punishable by private lawsuits ordinarily leading to money damages. More importantly, it provides an introduction to the case-reading and common-law-reasoning skills needed to flourish in law school and law practice.

  • Elements (1L) (3 cr.) Mon & Wed 3:30-5:20, Room F109

    Elements is a course in which we try to teach you a series of skills and modes of thought that will help you in your career as a law student and lawyer. I am team-teaching this section with Prof. Fran Hill and Prof. Robert Rosen.

Spring 2016

  • Administrative Law (4 cr.) (LAW 200) Mon, Tue & Thur, 11-12:20, Room A110

    Course Description

    Federal agencies adjudicate more cases every year than all state and federal courts combined. The federal code of regulations is much longer than the codification of federal statutes. Administrative law is the introduction to how federal agencies make regulatory decisions – both rulemaking and adjudication – and how you sue the government if you think they got it wrong.

    Complications arise from what are often broad or ambiguous delegations of authority from Congress. There are issues about how and when agency decisions are subject to judicial review. And always lurking is the question of how we reconcile our dependence on an unelected, expert bureaucracy with our commitments to government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.

    Administrative Law is vitally important for anyone contemplating a practice that might involve federal regulations in any way which, if you think about it, is almost everything. A 2011 survey of GW law school alumni put Administrative Law as one of the top three most useful courses I took in law school, and #2 on the list of ‘courses I wish I had taken in law school’.

    Grading will be based on class participation and a an 8-hour take-home final exam.

  • Privacy Seminar (2 cr.) (LAW 600) Mon & Wed 3:30-5:20, Room G363

    Course Description

    Yes, they probably are watching you. This seminar will explore a number of the law and policy issues in the gathering and use of personal information and the protection of privacy. We will define both “information” and “privacy” broadly, allowing us to discuss a wide variety of topics including most likely the following:

    • Privacy of health and genetic information,
    • privacy’s interaction with databases and search technology
    • internet privacy more generally
    • the role of privacy torts in a world of peeping drones and other sensors
    • Privacy and law enforcement,
    • pseudonymity/anonymity,
    • workplace privacy,
    • data breach laws,
    • privacy and public records, and
    • international privacy law including the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ and the current controversy over us/eu data flows.

Contact me if you wish me to supervise a paper. I will gladly see you by appointment.

Past Teaching
  • Law & Games Seminar (MMPORGs, not “gaming”)
  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Era Seminar
  • Internet Governance Seminar

I have some  unofficial advice about course selection in law school and some idiosyncratic writing tips. I’ve also got a half-written FAQ for people thinking about law school.


Publications

 

Privacy & Cryptography E-Commerce Other
Internet Governance & Governance
Generally
Administrative Law Discourse.net

Privacy & Cryptography

Internet Governance & Governance Generally

E-Commerce

Administrative Law

Blogging, Online Games, and Other Fun Stuff


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