Courses

Winnie Taylor

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-0644 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise
Commercial Law
Consumer Law
Contracts
Employment Law
Education
B.A., Grambling State University
J.D., State University of New York School of Law at Buffalo
LL.M., University of Wisconsin Law School

Consumer Protection Law

This course is designed to acquaint students with the law of consumer protection. More broadly, this class will provide students with an understanding of how statutes work and how to read them with care. The course covers the development of laws protecting consumers, and federal and state statutes protecting consumers, with an emphasis on the Federal Trade Commission Act and state law equivalents. The course also examines issues related to balancing the marketplace (the need for information, regulation of the bargain) and covers remedies available to the consumer, creditor, and state and federal government.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Contracts

This course is concerned with the law governing private agreements. The course deals with how contracts are formed; which contracts are valid and enforceable; what constitutes breach of a contract; and what remedies are available when a contract has been breached. Issues relating to the interpretation of contract language, the role of contracts in a market economy, and the policing of unfair bargains are also explored.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Race, Predatory Lending, and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

This course will use the subprime mortgage crisis as a lens into the various factors that perpetuate economic and racial inequality in the United States. We will use materials drawn from different disciplines, including case law, economic analysis, and critical legal theories of race and class. Possible topics will include: the history and legacy of residential discrimination and segregation; racial redlining and reverse redlining; an in-depth look at the laws governing credit and deregulation, with a particular focus on the last thirty years; the government response to the subprime mortgage crisis; and other types of credit and housing discrimination. The course will include guest lecturers from the field, including practitioners, scholars, and regulators. To gain insight into the challenges of litigating subprime lending cases, students will review and analyze documents from actual cases and discuss litigation strategies as well as alternatives to litigation. Throughout the semester, students will draft various litigation and non-litigation documents, including legislative and fundraising proposals.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. A paper is required which may be used to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.

Sales and International Sales

This course is the study of sales of personal property. It focuses on major issues of sales law, both domestic and international, by engaging in a comparative examination of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The CISG is a treaty which has been extensively adopted throughout the world (including the United States) and has become the international sales law of most major trading nations. Businesses in the United States that export or import goods are increasingly seeking legal advice regarding transnational sales contracts.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.