California Western -- Susan Channick
Courses Taught - Susan A. Channick

Contracts I & II

Aging, Law & Public Policy

Health Law & Policy

Public Health Law



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.
Substantive topics to be covered include delivery of legal services to the elderly, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, life insurance, catastrophic care and long term care insurance, wills, advanced medical directives, guardianship, protective services, nursing home and long term care contracts, and medical treatment issues.   back to top
This course is intended to introduce students to selected areas of health care law and how these areas affect health policy in America.  Since health care is complex and involves numerous parties with different stakes in the action, we try to approach each issue from the perspective of the various players – patients, providers, insurers, employers, governments and the political process.  The so-called “perfect storm” that many believe is currently brewing in health care permits the class to understand and critique the present system as well as contemplate the future.  We focus first on health economics and how the financing of health care, both private and public, directly affects access to the health care system.  We then move to issues of quality control, medical malpractice, and finish with professional and public regulation of health care organizations.   back to top
Ensuring the health and well-being of citizens is among the fundamental goals of American government. While state and local governments have broad powers to provide for the public’s health, government action to protect health and well-being may conflict with the constitutionally protected rights of individuals. Thus, the question that lawyers, legislators, judges, and public health authorities must consider when contemplating government action is the extent to which the state may restrain citizens for the promotion of health, safety, and morals. This course will explore the legal foundations of the American public health system and the resulting struggle between individual liberties and the government’s interest in providing for its citizen’s collective health and well-being.  We will cover such topics as the foundations of public health law, the relationship between public health and the Constitution, the various methods of legal and economic reasoning in public health, public health theory and practice, and finally, the future of public health to such modern concerns as emerging infectious diseases, bio-terrorism, and public health genetics.   back to top
REMEDIES (3 units)
The substance of the course is the law of judicial remedies, as applied to torts, property, contract law, and other subject areas.  The course considers legal and equitable remedies, including damages, restitution, temporary and permanent injunctions, specific performance, punitive damages, declaratory judgments, and ancillary remedies.  The approach used will be a blend of case law and a problem method.   back to top

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

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