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1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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Selected Summer 2014 Course Descriptions

Arkansas Landlord Tenant Law (May 19-23)

Instructor: M. Prettyman

M-F 1:00-3:30pm

Note: Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

The course will explore Arkansas landlord tenant law along with proposals for revision of the law. We will address the forcible entry and detainer statute, the security deposit statute, the failure to vacate statute, the residential landlord tenant act, and Arkansas’s limitation on tort liability for landlords. Finally we will discuss the federal laws governing HUD tenancies and the greater rights afforded in those tenancies. The course will discuss both theory and practice. There is no book and assignments will be to read various cases, statutes, law review articles and hand outs. There will be a take home exam handed out on Friday due the following Tuesday as the Monday following the end of class is Memorial Day.

Child Welfare Practice (August 2-15)

Instructor: J. Sharum

August 2, 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00

August 4, 6, 7, and 8: 4:00-7:10pm

August 9: 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00pm

August 11, 13, 14, 15: 4:00-7:10pm

Note: Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

This 3-hour course satisfies the skills requirement. Interested students should note that classes will be held on Saturday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 9th, and attendance is mandatory. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Child Welfare Practice is a three-credit litigation skills course that will introduce students to the practice of law in Arkansas’s child welfare system. Students will learn the substantive law that governs civil cases involving the abuse and neglect of children by parents and other caretakers, as well as litigation and professional practice skills such as trial strategy, hearing practice, and witness examination. Students will also gain practical experience in applying these skills through simulated hearings that will follow a real-to-life case from the initial investigation to the return of children to the custody of their parents, the termination of parental rights, and other possible outcomes. Each student will receive feedback on his or her efforts from the instructor as well as from judges and practitioners from around the state, all with the goal of giving each student the confidence and the skills to be successful lawyers in and out of the courtroom. There will be no final exam and there is no required textbook.

Environmental Torts (August 11-15)

Instructor: Ross Noland

M-F, 9:00-11:30am

Note: Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Environmental Torts is an in-depth study of environmental property damage cases involving explosions, flooding, pesticide spray drift, oil spills, water contamination, and other environmental conditions. The course focuses on the common law causes of action of negligence, nuisance, trespass, and strict liability. The five class sessions cover the elements of those causes of action, common environmental tort fact patterns, defenses, ancillary issues, and measures of damage. The professor grades students on classroom participation, a short (1-2 page) writing assignment, and a take-home exam. No textbook is required.

Non-Profit Corporations (August 11-15)

Instructor: R. Hurst

M-F, 5:00-7:30pm

In the Nonprofit Organizations course we examine issues relating to the organization and dissolution of various nonprofit entities, operation and governance of nonprofit organizations, public benefit organizations, regulation of charitable solicitation, charitable contributions, tax exemption, unrelated business income tax, mutual benefit organizations, and other types of noncharitable, nonprofit organizations. Final exam format will be determined based on the size of the class. No textbook is required.

Presentation of Evidence (May 19-23)

Instructors: N. Patton and P. Peden

M-F 8:00-10:30am

Note: Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Privacy Law (August 4-8)

Instructor: R. Davis

M-F, 5:00-7:30pm

Note: Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

Information Privacy and Security Law will explore arguments regarding the importance of informational privacy and provide a high level overview of U.S. laws and regulations including those protecting the privacy of children, students, employees, patients, customers, and citizens. Special attention will be given to the expanding role of the FTC as well as the importance of risk management. Additional issues for exploration, based on student interest, include government surveillance, drones, mobile device tracking, facial recognition technology, data breach response, online behavioral advertising, and use of “big data.” Some attention will be given to international privacy laws as well. Readings will consist of articles, statutory materials, and other publications. No textbook will be used for the course. Students will not sit for a final exam but instead will be required to write a paper and present to the class. Consistent attendance and engaged participation will also contribute toward students’ grades.

Russia Summer Law Program (5 Week Session: June 30-July 29)

Professor Howard Brill and Irina Feofanova

M-F (times to be announced)

Russia Law Summer Program: the course will cover Russian, international and comparative topics, including Constitutional History of Russia, Comparative Federalism, Comparative Freedom of Religion, War crimes and terrorism, international adoption, international finance, secession and breakup of nations. The course includes 7 days in St. Petersburg, Russia in August.

School of Law

1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

Law School Directory

University of Arkansas School of Law