Courses 2010 - 2011
LAW B 599 Special Topics
Credits: 1-12, Variable
Designed to take advantage of special opportunities resulting from visitors to the School of Law or other exceptional occurrences. (This is not a form of independent study.)
Law Practice Innovations (Winn)(Aut-Win-Spr 1-1-0)
This course provides a framework within which students may learn about law practice innovations by conducing unstructured interviews with UW Law School alumni or other practicing attorneys. Students will be provided training in interviewing and background information on changes in American law practice. Interview subject contact information will be provided by the Law School, or students may identify subjects they would like to interview. Student interview notes will be collected, anonymized and analyzed as a group activity. Interview data will be anonymized before publication to protect the identities of both the interviewer and subject, and a final summary of the results will be shared with interview subjects in Spring 2015. Credit/no credit assessment will be based on class participation and interview memos. The course will not meet weekly, but instead meet for 2 hours at least 3 times per quarter during Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters.
Veterans Affairs Law (Allen)(Win 3)
As yet another generation of soldiers is discharged from the military, there is a tremendous need for veterans legal services. The array of benefits that have been promised to military veterans and their families are not always easily obtained, and many veterans struggle to navigate the complicated system without the assistance of counsel. This course will introduce students to the bodies of law that govern the administration of veterans’ benefits. The course will focus the bulk of its attention on how veterans’ claims are adjudicated through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and, ultimately, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Through the course, students will be provided with the background necessary to qualify for certification with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in their claims against the VA for medical care of disability benefits.