MSU College of Law

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

  • 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
  • Decedents' Estates and Trusts
    (Formerly DCL 210) A study of the pattern of practices for transmitting wealth in view of death. The course surveys probate jurisdiction and administration; intestate succession; limitations on testamentary power; execution requirements for wills; revocation, revalidation and revival of wills; incorporation by reference; contest of wills and related remedies. Also covered are the private express trust, inter vivos and testamentary, including functions, prohibited trust purposes and requisites for creation; informal and incomplete trusts, including resulting, constructive and savings bank trusts; termination of trusts; gifts to charity, including historical backgrounds, nature of charitable purposes and cy pres; powers and duties of the fiduciary; and remedies of beneficiaries in case of breach of duty.
  • Hospitality Law
    Students learn to identify and manage the legal issues raised by clients providing lodging, food, and alcohol to the public, with a focus on entrepreneurship and small business models, and particular attention to the intersection of local, state, and federal regulation. Topics would include choice of business form, duties to guests and others, food and alcohol regulation, lodging and land use regulation. The course will include several case studies requiring students to consider clients’ business plans and provide appropriate legal analysis and advice.
  • 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

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Law Review Article

Gayborhoods: Intersections of Land Use Regulation, Sexual Minorities, and the Creative Class, 28 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 789 (2012)

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

Other Publication

Rebuilding the Profession: Recommendations for Librarians Interested in Becoming Academic Law Library Directors (Bintliff, Barbara and Dragich, Martha and Gasaway, Laura N. and Hazelton, Penny A. and Houdek, Frank G. and Johnston, Janis L. and Ten Brink, Charles J. and Wu, Michelle M., February 14, 2009). Law Library Journal, Vol. 99, p. 101, 2007

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