California Western -- Thomas Barton
Courses Taught - Thomas D. Barton

Civil Procedure I & II

Contracts I & II

Problem Solving & Preventive Law

Problem Solving Skills & Theory

CIVIL PROCEDURE I & II (3 units each)
The rules governing a lawsuit from its beginning to trial. Topics covered include jurisdiction, pleadings, motions, joinder of claims and parties, discovery, and the effect of judgments.
CONTRACTS I & II (3 units each)
Study of the development of common law concepts of enforceable promises and statutory impact. Encompasses the basic principles controlling the formation, performance, and termination of contracts. Includes the doctrines of offer and acceptance, consideration, conditions, breach, damages, third-party beneficiary, assignments and the Statute of Frauds.  back to top
This scholarly writing seminar intends to explore the sources, conceptions, and procedures for solving human problems. Using readings drawn from social science and philosophy as well as from law review articles, legal procedures and reasoning will be compared against other forms of problem-solving. The goals of the course are to explore the limitations as well as the strengths of law; to uncover the spontaneous or deliberative social processes (sometimes useful, sometimes harmful or violent) that thrive in the absence of law; and to help students face the hard moral and practical choices that are presented by social problems and interpersonal conflict. Paper topics to be selected from the following areas: Crime, Law and Politics, Schools, Groups, Families, Economics, Health and Medical.  back to top
This course addresses the following skills: Listening and Communicating; Understanding Conflict through Understanding Interests; Collaborating and Finding Solutions of Mutual Gain; Developing Insight, Creativity, and Judgment. Readings are assigned about solving problems between individuals, within an organization, and concerning the public. About half of each class will be devoted to activities the particulars of which are usually designed by the students themselves like interviewing, negotiating, mediating, and facilitating. The class intends to train skills as well as understand them. Students are evaluated through an individual videotape each student produces, plus a paper which accompanies the videotape.   back to top

Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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