Michael C. Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law and related subjects. He has authored or co-authored six books and over 100 scholarly articles and essays for law reviews, books, and peer-reviewed science and social science journals. Professor Dorf received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. Professor Dorf occasionally consults with leading law firms on complex litigation and maintains an active pro bono practice chiefly consisting of writing briefs in Supreme Court cases. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2008, Professor Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for 13 years. His essays for general audiences appear regularly on “Verdict,” “Take Care,” “SCOTUSblog,” and his blog, “Dorf on Law.”
Before you decide to pursue the legal option to resolve your business challenge, it is important to familiarize yourself with the sources and enforcement mechanisms of law that are most likely to affect your situation. In this course, you will explore the specific functions of different bodies of law and discover how to harness them by planning a legal compliance strategy. You will also examine the court structure to help you decide which legal authorities would serve you best in resolving your business conflicts. Finally, you will analyze the risks and strategies for foreign business by taking into consideration foreign legal systems and their unique mechanisms.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Thinking Like a Lawyer” or have equivalent experience.
When turning to litigation as a means to resolve business conflicts, you should be aware of the advantages and risks that the litigation process entails. In this course, you will acquire tools that will help you decide whether you should follow the litigative route and examine how to gain the most out of the process. Based on your specific issue, you will discover how to identify the most appropriate court for your litigation process. You will practice how to evaluate the comprehensive cost of litigation and study tactics that help you decide whether to appeal a court decision. In addition, you will explore potential circumstances where litigation is not the most effective option and consider other alternatives.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Thinking Like a Lawyer” and “Sources of Law” or have equivalent experience.
Your business interests might be in conflict with judicial power and regulation. This course will focus on navigating circumstances where the law limits your interests. You will explore ways to apply legal tools to challenge judicial enforcement that limits your interests. You will also identify the best legal forum in which to follow your judicial challenge. You will practice applying constitutional protections against regulations. By the end of this course, you will be able to analyze a case that highlights the economic consequences of limiting freedom of speech.
It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Thinking Like a Lawyer,” “Sources of Law,” and “Litigation,” or have equivalent experience.