Richard Allan

Professor of Law Emeritus

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7924 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise
Family Law
International Law
Entertainment Law
Federal Civil Procedure
B.A., New York University
LL.B., New York University School of Law

Entertainment Law

Recommended: Copyright Law

This course surveys the structure of various aspects of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, the legitimate stage, publishing and music, together with a consideration of the major support functionaries such as talent agencies, managers, attorneys, and accountants. Emphasis is placed upon agreements and other documents utilized in the industry.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Entertainment Law Workshop

Prerequisite: Entertainment Law or Instructor's Permission.

This advanced entertainment workshop focuses on the negotiation of contracts in the six major areas of entertainment law: agents and managers; theater; motion pictures; television; music; and publishing. Students negotiate in teams the principal terms of entertainment law contracts and discuss the strategy of the negotiations and the contents of the agreements that are reached.

Grading and Method of Instruction

Letter grade only. Grade is based on negotiation and class participation.

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.

National Security and Terrorism Seminar

This seminar will examine the intersection of national security issues and terrorism. Students will review the fundamentals of the governments national security powers, examining the use of military force, federal law enforcement procedures, and issues involving intelligence operations at home and abroad. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of intelligence agencies and refer to multiple sources of law, including the Constitution, the National Security Act, the War Powers Resolution, the USA PATRIOT Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, various federal and state regulations, and the Military Commissions Act. The course will be divided into two parts. The first 6 sessions will be professor driven (lecture and discussion), while the last 8 sections will be student-propelled. Each of the last 8 sessions will be divided into three student presentations, each of which will be followed by class discussion of the topic presented.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Grades will be based solely upon the student's individual presentation, participation in the discussion period, and participation during the first six weeks of the semester.