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Community and Economic Development (Gillen/Kutler)
Fall 2017   LAW 963-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 280

Additional Information

Course Concentrations
Business and Transactional Law
Constitutional Law, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Perspectives on the Law
Property and Real Estate Law

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Expository Writing

30% Participation,
70% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement




Community and Economic Development: Law and Policy Fall 2017 Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Instructors: Marilyn Kutler and Terry Gillen

This seminar will introduce a range of concepts and perspectives on community development and economic development law and policy. Through multi-disciplinary readings, case studies and guest speakers, it will focus on common tools and strategies employed by lawyers, planners, policy makers and other participants in both the community development and economic development process. It is designed for students interested in domestic (United States) economic development law, planning and policymaking. The context of community and economic development, and the justification for governmental intervention in development policy and funding are two themes that run throughout the course; Our objectives for students who take this seminar include: - Developing knowledge of basic principles that enable critical assessment of development policies and programs - Understanding strategies utilized by developers and policymakers in the pursuit of development projects - Understanding statutes and the legislative process as they apply to specific projects - Learning the history and evolving application of constitutional restrictions on governmental action in the development process - Obtaining a deeper appreciation of how local, state and federal agencies work together to achieve common goals or develop major projects - Examining boundaries relating to policy and politics, government ethics standards and potentially criminal behavior; and - Introducing students to professional opportunities in the fields of community development and economic development. Course materials will be made available through Canvas unless otherwise specified. We will assign several chapters from a book by Peter K. Eisinger, The Rise of the Entrepreneurial State. A paperback edition of this text will be available in the bookstore. The grade will be based 30% on class participation and 70% on the papers. Students will be required to engage with guest speakers and other students in the class. The use of laptops and cell phones during class is strongly discouraged and prohibited when we have guest speakers. Students will also be required to write a short (one-page) analytical paper on an assigned topic related to class, and a longer paper and presentation as part of a group.


"The Rise of the Entrepreneurial State" by Peter K. Eisinger
Edition: February 1989
Publisher: Chicago Press
ISBN: 978029911874