Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Advanced Environmental Law: Liability and Torts (LAW-844-001)
Barry Breen

Meets: 07:30 PM - 10:10 PM (M) - Yuma - Room Y404

Enrolled: 17 / Limit: 22

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This course focuses on advanced issues in liability under U.S. statutory environmental law, particularly advanced issues in Superfund, the imminent endangerment provisions in major environmental statutes, and the citizen suit provisions in major environmental statutes. The course also focuses on environmental torts, including causes of action, remedies, issues in causation, and potential defenses. In addition, the course surveys issues of environmental federalism, including commerce clause and choice of law issues arising in environmental cases. The method of assessment is an in-class final examination (75%) and class participation (25%), which includes attendance and participation in regular classes and also an in-class exercise involving draft environmental legislation.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required texts for this course are: 1. Casebook: Madden & Boston, Law of Environmental and Toxic Torts: Cases, Materials, and Problems, third edition (Thomson West Publishing, 2005). ISBN-13: 9780314156075. ISBN 0-314-15607-0. 2. Statutory supplement: Selected Environmental Law Statutes (West Publishing Co.) You can use either the current edition or any earlier edition as far back as 2002-2003. Do not use anything older than 2002-2003. 3. Supplemental materials photocopied for this course, available posted on the course’s MyWCL web site, and in printed form from the law school’s photocopying service.

First Class Readings

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