Brian Lee

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-0620 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Property
Intellectual Property
International Law

Education
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Princeton University
J.D., Yale Law School

International Law

This course delves into the history, nature, sanctions and sources of international law; legal principles governing the relations of states; and the problems of recognition, state succession, nationality, state jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, international agreements, diplomatic and consular status and privileges, maritime regimes, human rights, and international claims.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Introduction to Intellectual Property

This course introduces the major doctrines in American intellectual property law and the theoretical rationales that support them. The principal focus will be on the three main pillars of modern intellectual property regulation: copyright, trademark, and patent. Trade secret, unfair competition, and related state law systems will also receive attention. The course provides a basic grounding in each major substantive area while exploring significant common elements among the doctrines and some of the difficult problems that arise at their intersections. Students who would like to get a basic grounding in IP law, or who are unsure of whether they intend to focus on IP law might wish to take this course. Students who know that they are interested in IP law might wish to take the basic courses in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent instead of this survey. Students who have already taken, or are concurrently taking, any two of those courses are precluded from taking this survey course.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Journal of Law and Policy

The Journal of Law and Policy is a scholarly journal of analysis and commentary addressing a range of issues involving legal doctrine and public policy. Students administer the Journal and engage in law and policy research, write their own notes and comments, and solicit, evaluate, and edit the submissions of outside authors. The Journal is published twice annually.

Property

This course introduces students to the laws governing real and personal property transfer and ownership. Topics covered may include the historical development of various kinds of present and future interests in property; the sale and financing of real estate; landlord-tenant law; land use regulation; gifts of personal property; and non-traditional property rights.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Remedies

When a court decides a case, it must answer two basic questions. The first, familiar from most law school courses, is which party should "win." However, what that "victory" actually amounts to depends upon a crucial second question: What will (or should) a court order to vindicate the winning party's rights? In practice the question of exactly what a winning party will receive matters to litigants at least as much as the question of who will win does, and determining what remedy is appropriate in a given case often involves challenging theoretical issues. This course will examine the main remedies available to courts and litigants, in both law and equity, and how courts choose among them. Topics will include damages, injunctions, restitution, and declaratory remedies.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. A final exam is required.