I have taught Torts, Information Privacy, Internet Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, and advanced seminars on law and technology, sexuality and gender, and free speech.
I design websites for each class. Please click on the link in each description to view the course website,
with policies, materials, and an online discussion tool for the entire class to ask questions.
Information Privacy Law
Information Privacy Law is a 3-credit course that offers students an intense study of a rapidly changing and important area of the law. The class addresses issues of new technologies, social norms, gaps in current law, and vanguard questions of internet life. We cover privacy theory, privacy torts, how the Fourth Amendment adapts to new technologies, consumer privacy, as well as “hot” topics like nonconsensual pornography, privacy by design, artificial intelligence, and robots. We spend a considerable amount of time discussing implicit bias, discrimination, and other social justice issues associated with privacy and new technologies. Students work in teams to design privacy litigation strategies, complete practical assignments including responding to data breaches and writing model legislation, and learn how to represent victims of online harassment.
Torts is a 4-credit course that taught in the fall of a law student’s first year. We cover intentional torts, negligence, and products liability. Each class ends with a review question like those students might see on the Bar Exam. We discuss the answer, and how to answer the question, in class the next day. We also finish every unit with an in-class, practice-based activity–litigating an injury claim, conducting witness interviews, trying to settle a dispute–as well as activities based on real-life scenarios.
My Torts syllabus focuses as much on lawyering and legal skills as on the substantive law of torts. We start with reading comprehension and identification of facts. Through a short (three-week) unit on intentional torts, students learn to tease out elements of a tort and are then able to distinguish irrelevant from relevant facts. We then proceed to negligence, where we continue to develop skills, particularly with respect to framing the legal question and holdings. We discuss how questions and holdings can be merely descriptive, but are also essential advocacy tools. We practice again and again how to frame questions in a given case differently given one’s role as counsel and how to marshal and manipulate (distinguishing or broadening) holdings from previous cases to support a position. I also use a diverse array of teaching techniques including interactive group exercises, relating old concepts to modern controversies through in-class case studies, and negotiation and dispute resolution exercises.
Technology for Lawyers
The goal of this course is to familiarize lawyers with new technologies so they can understand how those technologies may affect their practice, their clients, and society. I teach the seminar along with a technologist. The first have the class describes a given technology (encryption, artificial intelligence, web security, Tor, data tracking, advanced surveillance techniques, and so on). In the second half, we discuss the law and policy implications of the technology. Readings raise a variety of questions ranging from bias and discrimination to national security to consumer protection.
Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property at New York Law School is a survey course that exposes students to trade secrets, patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Students take this class as a stepping stone to further enrichment in intellectual property or other law and technology courses. Many students not interested in pursuing a career in IP also take this course: increasingly, business decisions involve considerations of IP and every business, no matter how small, has at least some IP to protect. Therefore, all lawyers should have some background knowledge in intellectual property.
My intellectual property syllabus emphasizes advanced lawyering skills as well as substance. We spend roughly 1/3 of the semester on each of the three major IP regimes with a one week introduction to trade secrets. After each unit, all of which include guest lectures from distinguished practitioners, we work together on in-class exercises that allow students to practice what they have learned and experiment with IP litigation, negotiation, dispute resolution, and transactions. On most class days, students are given practice problems to review the material discussed and to prepare them for the exam.
In Con Law I, we focus on federal government structure and the powers of the three branches. In Con Law II, we switch to the relationship between government power and our rights, specifically our rights to equality, due process, and liberty. Class discussions are primarily, but not exclusively, based on the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment. In addition to learning about what the constitution says about topics as diverse as fake news, a woman's right to choose, and same-sex marriage, students in Constitutional Law will practice important lawyering skills and discuss interpretive models, history of the development of modern constitutional jurisprudence, and policy arguments that play essential roles in civil society today.
Internet Law is the study of legal regimes that govern the dissemination, collection, and use of digital information. Given the pervasiveness of internet technology and the ubiquitous sharing of information, any lawyer in any field should understand the implications of our digitized life. This course addreses issues relating to information regulation, raising questions of free speech, intellectual property, privacy, network ownership, and ISP rights and responsibilities. This class takes a multidisciplinary approach, mixing doctrinal discussions of case law with interactive work on solving new problems. We also discuss things like cyberharassment and nonconsensual pornography, hashtag trademarks, and government access to information.