Beginning on January 11, the William S. Richardson School of Law will hold its annual January Term (J-Term) program that offers law students the unique opportunity to take specialized mini-courses taught by leading scholars from around the country. This year, professors from the law schools of Harvard, La Trobe University (Aust.), Seattle, Berkeley and NYU will offer courses on comparative corporate and securities laws of Australia and New Zealand, constitutional law, civil liberties in American History, property rights during rapid social change, and American law under President Obama’s leadership.

“We are particularly grateful to these great scholars who come to the Law School and help us continue our longstanding tradition of excellence throughout our curriculum,” said Dean Avi Soifer. “In its sixth year, the program continues to offer a tremendous opportunity for students and for everyone at the Law School and throughout the community to get to know and to learn directly from world-renowned scholars who are also wonderfully accessible.”

Mr. Frank Boas, a generous supporter of the Law School, sponsors one visiting Harvard professor each J-Term. This year, Professor Charles Ogletree is the 2010 Frank Boas Harvard Visiting Professor. The Wallace S. Fujiyama Distinguished Visiting Professor Fund supports many of our other J-Term professors.

”Professor Ogletree” will teach a seminar on “President Obama’s Impact on America and Beyond: How Will He Help Shape the Legal Landscape?” His course will examine President’ Barack Obama’s life from his childhood through his election as the first African American President of the United States, with an emphasis on the impact of his leadership on America and the world. Professor Ogletree is a prominent legal theorist and prolific writer with an international reputation as an expert on race and justice and serves as Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

”Tayyab Mahmud” is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Global Justice at the Seattle University School of Law, and he is the former Associate Dean for Research and Faculty. He will teach a seminar on “Comparative Constitutional Law: Coup d’Etat & Common Law.” This course will compare how courts of common law jurisdictions address the validity of government coup d’etat. His primary research areas are critical legal theory, colonial legal regimes, international law, and post-colonial legal systems.

”Harry N. Scheiber” is the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. Professor Scheiber will teach a seminar on “Emergency Powers and Civil Liberties in American Constitutional History,” focusing on a selected set of episodes in American History when government exercised emergency powers, with particular emphasis on Japanese-American internment, martial law in Hawai

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