Dana Brakman Reiser

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Areas of Expertise

Non-Profit Organizations
Corporate Law

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


This course examines formation and organization of corporations; financing the corporation; purposes and powers (ultra vires doctrine); transfer of shares (restriction of transfers; Article 8 U.C.C.); distribution of powers between shareholders and directors; some important aspects of the Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934; sale of controlling interest; derivative actions; preemptive rights; voting rights; dividends and distributions, organic changes; and dissolutions and liquidations.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Law of Non-Profit Organizations

This course will explore the structure of various forms of non-profit organizations, as well as the role of non-profit organizations in American civil society. We will address some of the political and theoretical issues raised by the non-profit form, applicable state and federal corporate law issues, and review key tax law issues. A significant portion of the course will involve discussion of federal and state tax exemption and its consequences.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. In-class exam and a paper.


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.

Social Enterprise Seminar

This seminar will explore the legal and social ramifications of the increasing trend toward hybridization of nonprofit and for-profit endeavor. This trend is evident whether one looks at developments in nonprofit or in for-profit organizations, and can be seen on various dimensions of nonprofit and for-profit organizational experiences. Individual classes will explore topics as diverse as: corporate charitable contributions, socially-responsible investing, hybrid forms of organization blending nonprofit and for-profit components, corporate social responsibility, the emergence of philanthropy divisions in for-profit companies (e.g., Google), and the increased commercial activities of charities. Each of these issues and developments raise questions about the proper location and enforcement of the for-profit/nonprofit boundary.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter Grade Only. There will be no exam; evaluation in the course will be based on written work. With the instructor's permission, students may earn an additional credit by writing a substantial paper that satisfies the UCWR.

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.