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.

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. For winter session students will have a take home exam.

Health Law

This course will survey legal issues related to the delivery of health care. Topics typically include access to health care (e.g., rights to treatment, health care for the indigent); the doctor-patient relationship (e.g., malpractice, competency, informed consent, confidentiality); bioethics issues (e.g., end-of-life decisionmaking, reproductive rights); and public health issues (e.g., vaccination, the Affordable Care Act).

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.