Courses

William Araiza

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7955 |  Email
Areas of Expertise
Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Education
B.A., Columbia University
M.S., Georgetown University
J.D., Yale Law School

Administrative Law

Prerequisite or Corequisite: Constitutional Law

This course addresses the nature and functioning of federal and state administrative agencies, its dominant theme being the relationship between the administrative process and the judicial system. Central to that theme is the question of whether and to what extent the former is controlled by the latter. Accordingly, the course covers such topics as: whether the judiciary can review administrative action, the scope of review, who can obtain it and against whom, and when review can be sought and granted. Also covered is administrative fact-finding and rulemaking, the problems of bias and prejudice, the necessity and scope of notice and opportunity to be heard, agency obtaining of information, and the process of proof and decision in administrative proceedings.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Constitutional Law

This course presents an introduction to the historical background, content, and meaning of the United States Constitution. The course focuses on such issues as: the origins and scope of judicial review; intergovernmental relations; separation of powers among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches; powers of the President; basic principles of individual rights and equal protection; due process; and state and federal regulatory powers.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.

First Amendment Law

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law

This course focuses on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition. In addition, the course may examine the two religion clauses of the First Amendment. Although this is an elective course, it is strongly recommended that students take it in order to complete their basic understanding of Constitutional Law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Sexuality and the Law

Prerequisite: Constitutional Law

This course will involve an in-depth examination of the government's regulation of consensual sexuality. Three primary constitutional doctrines will form the core of the course: the right to privacy, freedom of speech, and the right to equal protection under law, though other doctrines may be considered from time to time. The class will also examine any relevant legal issues that become prominent during the semester.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.