Courses

Gary Minda

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7956 |  Email
Areas of Expertise
Employment Law
Antitrust Law
Jurisprudience
Education
B.A., Michigan State University
M.A., Wayne State University
S.J.D., Wayne State University Law School

Antitrust Law

This course examines the laws protecting the competitive system including the Sherman Act, Clayton Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, and related legislation. Major emphasis is placed upon monopoly, horizontal competitive restraints such as price fixing and concerted refusals to deal; and vertical competitive restraints such as resale price maintenance, tying and exclusive dealing, and mergers and joint ventures. Both legal and economic implications are explored to define and analyze the pertinent issues and relate these to the everyday business environment.

Grading and Method of Evaluation
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Employment Law

This course considers the developing state and federal law applicable to individual employees who are not covered by collective bargaining law. While the institution of collective bargaining remains central to the practice of labor law, a growing number of practicing lawyers are now developing a specialized practice in representing individual employees who are not covered by collective bargaining law. Reasons for the decline of federal labor law legislation of collective bargaining and various legal solutions to problems at the workplace involving individual employees are studied. Topics include problems involving plant closings, pre-employment testing, drug testing, workplace privacy, terminations of employment, abusive work environment, employment discrimination, state and federal wage and hour legislation, health and safety, unemployment and retirement legislation.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam. With permission of the instructor, students may submit a paper to satisfy the UCWR in lieu of the final exam.

Jurisprudence Seminar: How Judges Think

President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court has provoked once again a great debate about how judges make decisions. While the Senators during the nomination hearing of Judge Sotomayor, a number of Senators asked question about a judge should cite and rely upon foreign authority in deciding a case involving American Law. Others wanted to know if Judge Sotomayor would follow the law. Still others were interested in knowing if Judge Sotomayor would decide cases based upon her ideological perspective and/or her preconceptions based on her personal experience. These are all the sorts of questions we will consider in the Seminar. But, we will also explore how the current economic recession and global financial crisis impacts on how these questions should be answered. The objective of our seminar will therefore seek to examine how judicial decision making as well as law law and justice is likely to develop in the aftermath of a global financial meltdown. As Richard A. Posner has recently written in his Atlantic blog: "The law schools were caught by surprise by the financial crisis of last September and the ensuing descent into what, realistically, must be regarded as the first depression (as distinct from merely a recession) since the Great Depression of 1930s." We will explore Judge Posner's reasons for this provocative statement. To accomplish this course objective we will begin with an examination of the banking crisis of 2008 and what it may mean for the future development of law and jurisprudence.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students graded on a series of writing assignments and class participation.

Labor Law

This is the basic course in the law of labor relations in the private sector. This course surveys the more important problems of labor law but does not comprehensively cover the entire field. The course will survey early American labor law and the modern law concerning federal labor relations legislation. The focus is on the National Labor Relations Act as it regulates the organizational phase of unionization, unfair labor practice proceedings, collective bargaining, strikes, picketing, secondary boycotts and the duty of fair representation.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.