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Intro to Hospitality Law (LAW-795OO-001)
Meets 6/2 8:30AM-6PM; 6/3 8:30AM-12:30PM Professor Tara Gorman
COURSE DESCRIPTION Hotel law practice has been a leading indicator and global driver in the international legal market. Traditional legal positions are available in law firms, hotel general counsel offices, and in-house attorneys for hotel developers. Non-traditional legal positions are available as hotel general managers, acquisitions officers, and in the hotel supply chain. The Intro to Hotel Law Development course sets the stage for rigorous academic and professional study, integrating legal analysis with economic evaluation and strategic planning. The course presents the essential legal elements of the hotel industry and common themes when representing the various interests of participants. Rooted in these core topics, students can then pursue advanced courses and begin to chart a path in their intended career. COURSE OBJECTIVES AND TOPICS Many of the fundamental legal topics of lodging law trace back to the earliest common laws of the innkeeper, have been endlessly codified and litigated, and have evolved in step with the dictates of the global economy and the pace of technology. Using a combination of case study and class discussion, we will discuss and connect the following topics: 1. Hotel operations, including types of lodging and operating structures 2. Roster of participants in the hotel industry 3. Common hospitality contracts 4. Federal, state, and local laws and regulations of hotels and lodging 5. Common law and statutes regarding legal liability to guests, including tort law, safety & security issues, and insurance issues 6. Restaurant, foodservice, alcoholic beverages, and amenity revenue operations 7. Labor and employment law, including employment discrimination law, immigration issues, and the role of unions 8. Hospitality real estate development and planning, including acquisition and financing 9. Information systems, including issues in intellectual property rights 10. Licensing, franchising and management agreements (topics to also be covered in the Migdal course) 11. A continuing look at ethics and business practices
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