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Water Law (2)
566D
(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.

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Wildlife Law (2)
565B
(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.

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Wine, Beer, & Spirits Laws and Regulations (3)
810Y
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.

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Workers' Compensation (2)
610
This course approaches workers’ compensation from a national perspective, exposing students to the varied laws across the country while focusing on the common principles of this area of law in all states. With its “no fault” status, workers’ disability compensation is a unique type of law which impacts businesses and most workers in the United States. The Michigan Workers’ Disability Compensation Act is used as the model law for the class and several important Michigan cases are included as additional course materials.

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Wrongful Convictions Seminar (2)
617E
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.

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