Marsha Garrison

Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7947 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise
Bioethics
Family Law
Health Law
Education
B.A., University of Utah
J.D., Harvard University Law School

Bioethics and Public Policy

This course examines the legal regulation of medical decision-making. The central focus is private decision-making by individuals, but public decision-making about the allocation of medical services will also be addressed. Specific topics include the doctrine of informed consent, decision-making for incompetent patients, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, reproductive decision-making, and the sale/donation of body parts and services. In examining these various issues, students will consider the extent, content, and consistency of current law, the factual assumptions and policy goals on which legal regulation is based, the impact of technological innovation, and directions for legal reform.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Some faculty teaching the course will allow students, with the instructors permission, to write a paper to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement in lieu of taking a final examination. Students are advised to check the teaching schedule for details.

Children and the Law

This course explores the legal relationships among children, family and the state and considers how our society defines and constructs childhood. Specific topics include children's constitutional rights, education, the legal treatment of abused and neglected children, the termination of parental rights and adoption, rules concerning the medical treatment of children, and the juvenile justice system. These subjects will be addressed from both doctrinal and public policy perspectives.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Comparative and International Family Law

This course explores legal issues related to family formation, dissolution, and relational rights from a comparative and international perspective. It will compare and contrast U.S. family law with that of other advanced, industrialized nations across a range of issues, including cohabitation, marriage, adoption, artificial reproductive technologies, divorce, child custody, child protection, post-relationship support, and population policy. The course will also examine international treaties governing inter-country family disputes and investigate the role of international conventions, such as the European Convention on Human Rights and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, in shaping the development of domestic family law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. With permission of the professor, students may write a paper in lieu of an exam which may be used to satisfy the UCWR.

Family Law

This course explores the relationship between the family and the state. Specific topics will be selected by the instructor from among the following: premarital regulation, antenuptial agreements, marriage, nontraditional families, parent-child relationships, adoption, termination of parental rights, divorce, property distribution, support, custody, and separation agreements.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Health Law

This course will survey legal issues related to the delivery of health care. Topics typically include access to health care (right to treatment, health care for the indigent, AIDS issues); health care financing; regulation and quality care control (malpractice, quality assurance, peer review); patient rights (consent, confidentiality, right to die, reproductive rights); and antitrust.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Take-home exam.

Torts

This course is an introduction to the principles governing civil liability for intentional and unintentional injuries to people and property. Specific topics covered may include negligence and personal injury law; strict liability; an introduction to product liability; remedies; and alternatives to the tort system.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Trusts and Estates

This course provides an overview of the laws of wills and trusts, emphasizing both fundamental rules for the use of these property transfer devices and their practical integration in the practice of estate planning. The following general subjects are included in this study: history of the laws of inheritance; intestate succession; the protection of the family in the transfer of wealth; the formalities for the execution, amendment and revocation of wills; the creation and legal nature of different types of trusts, including constructive, resulting, private and charitable trusts; and gifts. Students electing this course may not enroll in Wills and Administration.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.