Water Law (2)
(Formerly DCL 372)
The course will examine the two legal systems under which water rights in the United States are allocated: the riparian doctrine and the prior appropriation system. In addition, the course will consider Native American and other federal reserved water rights, the public trust doctrine and the interstate allocation of water. Finally, attention will be given to matters of particular regional interest, such as recreational access to water bodies and Great Lakes water issues. Two themes will shape the course: what factors led to the development of distinct water law doctrines and to what extent should environmental (quality) and public interest concerns be integrated into resource allocation schemes.
Wildlife Law (2)
(Formerly DCL 376)
A study of how the legal system deals with wildlife issues. While some federal law will be considered, this course's primary focus will be at the state law level. It will review wildlife related laws from a variety of perspectives, including those that recognize sustainable use as a valid conservation tool, and regulated hunting as a component of conservation and sound wildlife management. A paper will be required.
Wine, Beer, & Spirits Laws and Regulations (3)
The course emphasizes federal laws, specifically regulation by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Among other concepts, this course will cover: industry’s primary regulators, the classification of beverages, the regulation of labeling and advertising, three-tier distribution system, excise taxes, and liability.
Prerequisite(s): This course is intended for students in the Global Food Law Program.
Workers' Compensation (2)
(Formerly DCL 389)
This course involves the study of the principal provisions of the Michigan Workers' Disability Compensation Act and decisions thereunder, notably in respect to compensability, benefits and proceedings before the Compensation Bureau.
Wrongful Convictions Seminar (2)
Thousands of innocent defendants who were convicted of crimes have been exonerated and released from prison in the United States in the past few decades, and the pace of exonerations is increasing. This seminar will focus on what we have learned about the conviction and exoneration of innocent defendants and where we may be heading. We will particularly focus on prosecutorial discretion as a feature of the system that both contributes to the problem and offers paths to prevent and remedy false convictions.
Prerequisite(s): Criminal Procedure Adjudication and Criminal Procedure Investigation are recommended.