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Community and Economic Development (Gillen/Kutler)
Fall 2020   LAW 963-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 145

Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

Grading
30% Participation,
70% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

Community and Economic Development: Law and Policy Fall 2020 Instructors: Marilyn Kutler and Terry Gillen

Course Description and Goals 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 policy making. Our objectives include: - Developing knowledge of basic principles that enable critical assessment of development policies and programs - Understanding strategies utilized by developers and the evolving constitutional restrictions on government action relating to development projects - Developing knowledge of the history and policy of urban development, evaluating job creation strategies, political motivation of policy makers, eminent domain, public finance tools, ethics standards and criminal behavior, and poverty, racial discrimination, equality and gentrification issues - Understanding statutes and the legislative process as they apply to specific projects - Obtaining a deeper appreciation of how local, state and federal agencies work together to achieve common goals or develop major projects - Introducing students to professional opportunities in the fields of community development and economic development.

Course Requirements Class attendance is mandatory and represents 30% pf the grade. There will be two short written assignments mid-semester, based on the readings; they represent 20% of the grade. There will be a longer research paper on an approved topic, which is 50% of the final grade. Satisfy senior writing project? Yes Course Readings All of the assigned readings are available on the course website.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Property and Real Estate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law; Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.