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Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law

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University of Miami School of Law

Rm. G-382
+1 (305) 284-4285

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Fall 2013
  • Administrative Law (4 cr.) Mon, Tue & Thurs 9:30-10:50 Rm. F402
    Course Description
    Most laws that Congress passes require implementation. For a very wide variety of areas the instrument of that implementation is a federal agency. As a result, in the United States a multitude of governmental agencies exercise authority over the economy, and over the lives of every American. These agencies have the power to make legally binding rules (aka “regulations” or “red tape”), to issue valuable permits and licenses, to levy fines, and to adjudicate. Indeed, one agency, the Social Security Administration, decides more cases every year than all the state and federal courts combined.

    This is a course about laws and rules that bind federal agencies, and thus about the extent to which federal agencies can make rules and decisions that bind us. It surveys the means by which people (and their lawyers) can challenge or influence administrative exercises of authority in the face of often broad or ambiguous delegations of authority from Congress and in particular how and when agency decisions are subject to judicial review. Always lurking is the question of how we reconcile our dependence on an unelected, expert bureaucracy with our commitments to a 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. It is particularly valuable for students who are considering a practice involving highly regulated areas such as: Communications, Disability, Energy, Environment, Family and Child Services, Financial Markets, Immigration, Labor, Housing, or Land Use, but it is also relevant to almost every other area of practice.

Spring 2014
  • Internet Law (3 cr.) M, W 11-12:20, Rm E265

    Course Description
    This course provides an introduction to the regulation of the Internet. No prior technical background beyond the ability to read web pages, download .pdf files, and to receive and send email is required. Topics to be covered will likely include: how the Internet works, jurisdiction over online activities, and regulation of: online speech, privacy, access to computers, libel, trademarks and domain names, and copyright. We will also discuss non-governmental (private) regulation and one or more of the latest exciting developments. Grading will be based on class participation, participation in online activities associated with the class (such as the class blog), and a final exam.

  • CANCELLED: Regulation of Identity Seminar (2 cr.) M, W 3:30-5:20 (see important information below)

    Course Description
    Identity often has economic or legal consequences (arrest, eligibility for credit or government benefits, and the right to vote being only a few examples). But how do private and public parties ascertain who you are? Accurately identifying someone can help them or harm them; so too can mis-identifying them.

    Informed by ongoing research and current events, this seminar will look at various mechanisms by which we regulate the assertion and analysis (investigation, comparison, collation, confirmation) of identity both online and in “meatspace”. Sample topics, many of which are likely to be considered, include national ID proposals, the use of biometric identifiers, passport regulation and no-fly lists, external and self-regulation of social media, state ID legislation, ID theft, “virtual ID cards” (online reputation and/or distributed data bases), regulation of un-identified speech (anonymity), and recent proposals by the Obama administration that seek to create a framework for the regulation of online identity.

    Identification will be defined broadly to include interpersonal use, corporate use, and government use as well as to include both the construction of identity and the use of it.

    This 2-credit seminar will initially meet twice a week to discuss readings and to help participants select paper topics. Then the course will not meet for several weeks in order to allow participants to write their papers and receive feedback on drafts. It will resume at the end of the semester for student paper presentations.

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.


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Administrative Law

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