Anita Bernstein

Anita and Stuart Subotnick Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7934 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Torts
Legal Profession
Feminist Jurisprudence
Family Law
Products Liability

Education

B.A., Queens College
J.D., Yale Law School

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.

Legal Malpractice Seminar

This seminar examines the costly problem of legal malpractice with attention to causes of action against attorneys for harms attributable to professional negligence and other violations of judge-made and statutory law. Materials come from all over the U.S. but we pay particular heed to the law of New York, and consider policy as well as doctrine. Taking the course satisfies the law school's professional responsibility requirement

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only, 2 or 3 credits. Written work completed in the seminar is eligible for UCWR or Professional Responsibility credit but not both.

Legal Profession

This three-credit course analyzes law and ethics governing the legal profession; it also examines the history, goals, and structure of the profession, expanding on what is covered in two-credit Professional Responsibility and the professional responsibility of judges. A detailed study of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct is undertaken. Taking the course satisfies the law school's professional responsibility requirement.

Enrollment Notes:

Students who have earned credit for Professional Responsibility cannot take this course.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Professional Responsibility

This two-credit course analyzes the duties and responsibilities of the legal profession, including its history, goals and structure. A detailed analysis and discussion of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct Code of Professional Responsibility are undertaken. Enrollment Note: Students who have earned credit for The Legal Profession cannot take this course.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final 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.