California Western -- Andrea Johnson
Courses Taught - Andrea L. Johnson

Administrative Law

Business Organizations    

Business Planning

Telecommunications Law

This course will examine the fourth branch of government, administrative agencies.  Specifically, students will explore how a government bureaucracy works, and the role of administrative agencies as regulators, licensors, employers, and distributors of entitlements; and the relationship of administrative agencies to other branches of government.  Class will be conducted using a modular approach, i.e., focus on substantive law in the context of some current issue which will be debated in class.  The general substantive areas that will be covered in class are 1) Separation of Power; 2) Federal Communications Commission; 3) Federal Trade Commission; 4) Freedom of Information Act; 5) Public Entitlements; and 6) Occupational Licensing.
This course will examine the law relating to partnerships, public and close corporations.  The format of the course is designed to familiarize students with general case law and practical problems associated with forming and managing various types of business organizations.  Specific topics covered include financing, liability of owners, changing business forms, transferability of ownership interests, control, regulation of business entities and dissolution.  Particular attention will also be given to helping students prepare for the corporations section of the bar exam.  Students will simulate a takeover exercise in which they will roleplay shareholders and directors in corporations to understand the interplay between the business of a takeover and the fiduciary responsibilities of management.
This course is a "hands-on" practicum course, focusing on the many aspects of forming, operating and dissolving small business enterprises. Students are required to draft documents, advise clients, and make strategic decisions. Materials for the course include a basic text and supplemental on-line course module that will include statutes, regulations, practice treatises, case reporters and form books. Some attention is devoted to tax and financing aspects of enterprise formation and termination. The focus of the course will be on the modest business enterprise, and course exercises will be oriented towards the small law firm practitioner. There will be a heavy reliance on California law (which is representative of modern corporations codes in may states).
This course will review the policies of regulation and deregulation of telecommunications under the Telecommunications Act and more specifically, the broadcast, cable, telephone, Internet and new technology industries.  The course is divided into modules, which involve a hypothetical that serves as the basis for understanding relevant case law, statutes and administrative decisions which have helped to shape the current state of the industries.  Student will be conducting simulations and negotiations which will be observed and critiqued by members of the industry or legal profession via videoconferencing.  Students will learn to use the Internet to conduct research.  Guest lecturers will also be invited to speak on specific topics.  Students will be asked to write a paper of 20-30 pages in lieu of a final on some current topic in the field.

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

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