MSU College of Law

Clark C. Johnson

Clark C. Johnson
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Professor of Law Emeritus
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 351
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Professor Johnson served as assistant attorney general of Michigan and was a partner in the law firm of Schmidt, Nahas, Coburn and Johnson. He joined the Law College faculty in 1973 and served as associate dean from 1984 to 1985. He has published in the areas of commercial law as well as medicine and law. He teaches Equity, Contracts, Commercial Transactions, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Medical-Legal Problems, Property, Insurance, Mortgages, and Suretyship. He serves as advisor to the Journal of Medicine and Law.

LL.D. Michigan State University-DCL College of Law 2002; Ph.D. Wayne State University, 1990; Certificate, Harvard Law School, 1972; J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University, 1970; B.A. University of Michigan, 1962

  • Contracts I
    (Formerly DCL 101) (This course is being replaced by Contracts LAW 530B beginning fall 2011) A study of the basic law relating to the formation of a contract. With respect to the creation of a contract, capacity, mutual assent, consideration and compliance with formalities are discussed. Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code is integrated with common law contract principles throughout the course.
  • Contracts II
    (Formerly DCL 102) (This course is being replaced by Contracts LAW 530B beginning fall 2011)Continues the survey of many basic contract issues, including the avoidability of contracts; the Statute of Frauds requirement; the process of determining the total contract obligation of the parties; the determination of proper performance of contracts, contract breaches and related doctrines; and the available legal redress for contract breaches.
  • Equity
    (Formerly DCL 333) Considered are the history and development of equity, equity jurisdiction, remedies available in equity and contempt powers.
  • Insurance Law
    (Formerly DCL 379) This course will offer a student of general topics such as (1) scope and function of insurance, (2) relation of insurer and insured, (3) construction of insurance contracts, (4) governmental regulation of insurance, (5) insurance agency and (6) broad categories of insurance coverage (property, person and liability). Specific areas of study will include insurance of automobiles, homes, commercial property and professional conduct, as well as special topics such as coordination-of-benefits, stacking, subrogation, errors and omissions, environmental coverage, duty-to-defend/reservation of rights, coverage litigation and bad faith/settlement issues. The primary method of instruction will be case study using traditional Socratic classroom techniques with open discussion. The course text will be supplemented with the most recent published appellate cases of significance. The instructor would seek to invite occasional guest lecturers on specific topics from time to time.
  • Medical-Legal Problems
    (Formerly DCL 306) A study of the relationship between law and medicine including medical-legal problems that arise from staff privileges of physicians, rules governing Medicare, HEW regulations and joint problems arising out of the medical management of patients.
  • Mortgages
    (Formerly DCL 406) This course considers various aspects of the law of suretyship and real property security, including land mortgages, land contracts, right to rents and profits before and after foreclosure sale, redemption, subordination agreements, circuity problems under contradictory systems of priorities pursuant to state and federal law, and security interests in fixtures under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the land law. This course may be offered for 2 or 3 credits.
  • Property
    (Formerly DCL 113) This is a survey course of the fundamentals of property law. Possessory interests of real and personal property including findings, bailments and adverse possession are discussed and analyzed. Topics also include future interests, concurrent ownership, lease holds, transfers of land and land use controls.
  • Secured Transactions
    (Formerly DCL 240) Covers the process of financing the sale of goods, the secured transaction under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, including creation, perfection, priority of security interests in personal property and default procedures.