Note: Detailed syllabi will be provided as available.
3 credits, taught by Dean Ronald Weich, University of Baltimore School of Law
All lawyers today work with statutes. Some lawyers help to write statutes as legislators or legislative aides. Others interpret statutes as judges, judicial clerks or agency officials. Still other lawyers work in private practice or business settings, where they help their clients or employers navigate statutes in litigation, negotiation and other legal settings. The central goal of this Legislation class is to help students gain a greater understanding of the process by which statutes are promulgated, interpreted and drafted.
The course will include:
- Study of the general theory and process of statutory lawmaking, and explore how that theory plays out in the day-to-day work of both the U.S. Congress and state legislatures
- Examining methods of statutory interpretation employed by courts, agencies and practicing lawyers
- Study of the task of statutory drafting.
Comparative Public Health and the Law
3 credits, taught by Professor Kathleen Hoke, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
The course will cover the foundations of public health law and the role of law in public health in the U.S. and in jurisdictions of the United Kingdom. It will also examine the powers of public agencies and authorities to protect public health, as well as limits on those powers from a variety of sources. Also discussed will be the ethical obligations of those responsible for public health.
Especially interesting will be the coverage of, and class discussions on, current and emerging issues in public health and existing and possible legal responses to these issues, including regulation of cannabis and tobacco, rules and practice regarding vaccination, promotion of healthy nutrition, and responses to abuses of opioids and other substances.