Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Family Law (LAW-636-002)
Shannon Roddy

Meets: 01:00 PM - 03:50 PM (M) - Warren - Room N102

Enrolled: 43 / Limit: 65

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This course surveys a range of issues in contemporary American family law focusing on defining the family, intimate relationships between adults (marriage, cohabitation, and relationship dissolution), and issues relating to parenthood (establishing legal parentage, child custody, and child support). The course introduces the legal concepts and rules involved in many situations you might face as a family law practitioner, highlighting areas of the law that are particularly unsettled and suggesting ways to approach these issues in practice. In the course, we consider some of the most interesting and challenging questions in our society from the perspective of law, policy, and morality.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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The casebook for this course is DOUGLAS E. ABRAMS, NAOMI R. CAHN, CATHERINE J. ROSS, AND LINDA C. MCCLAIN, CONTEMPORARY FAMILY LAW (5th ed. 2019). A copy of the casebook is available on closed reserve in the library.

First Class Readings

Chapter 1: Marriage, Family and Privacy in Contemporary America (PDF available on class Canvas page)


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