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Charles J. Ten Brink

Charles J. Ten Brink
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Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services and Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 122
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6862 Intercom: 131

Professor Ten Brink joined the MSU College of Law in 2001, after 15 years at the University of Chicago. His research interests are in information theory and jurisprudential principles of research. He has made presentations to the American Association of Law Libraries on the use of technology in legal education and research support. He has served on the American Bar Association Committee on Law Libraries and on two ABA site inspection teams for other law schools. Professor Ten Brink practiced municipal law for several years before leaving practice for academic work. He is admitted to the bars of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. He teaches American Legal History, Advanced Legal Research, and Land Use Planning.

A.M.L.S. University of Michigan, 1985; J.D. with Honors University of Michigan, 1979; B.S. with Honors Michigan State University, 1976

  • Advanced Legal Research
    (Formerly DCL 509) The course will focus on the process and goals of legal research. Special emphasis will be placed on Internet research, but instruction will be based on function rather than format. Students will learn how to find information through the Web, on Lexis and Westlaw, and in paper. By contrasting form, speed, cost and accuracy, students will learn how to integrate these sources for the most comprehensive and economical research product. Equal emphasis will be placed on conceptual structure and practical application.
  • American Legal History Seminar
    (Formerly DCL 552) This seminar will analyze the tension between the rights of the individual and the role of government in society as the central theme in the development of the American legal system. Rather than a strict chronological review, the course will consist of a series of studies of the development of legal and political institutions and their effect on the citizenry. Classes will be discussion-based and will rely on extensive reading of original sources. Students should gain an understanding of how the evolution of legal rules reflects institutional change, and should learn to see law as a dynamic process rather than a collection of static concepts. Fulfills ULWR
  • Land Use Planning
    (Formerly DCL 401) THIS COURSE MAY BE OFFERED AS EITHER 2 OR 3 CREDITS. Explores the principal methods of local government control of land use, with special emphasis on the theory and practice of zoning and eminent domain. Analyzes judicial response, through the use of nuisance and "takings" doctrines, to local land use planning efforts.

Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Digital Commons Publications »

Law Review Article

A Jurisprudential Approach to Teaching Legal Research, 39 New Eng. L. Rev. 307 (2004-2005)

Other Publication

Cell Phones, Socializing & Psychotic Behavior: A Brief Guide to Library Etiquette, 8 Green Bag 121 (2004)

Work in Progress

Descartes and the Common Law: Visual Depictions of the Relation of Contract, Tort, Property and the Criminal Law (with Daniel Barnhizer)

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