Christina Mulligan

Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs &
Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Areas of Expertise

Internet Law
Intellectual Property
Constitutional Law
Trusts & Estates

B.A., Harvard University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Internet Law

As the Internet becomes a vibrant space for speech and commerce, it opens a host of new legal questions. This course will study the emerging law and policy of the Internet through topics including intellectual property, e-commerce, online speech and defamation, and privacy. We will examine current cases and the relation of these online controversies to "offline" law. No technical experience is necessary.

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.

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.