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Cybersecurity Law and Policy — one (1) credit

Instructor: C. Emmett Mahle
Days and times: Offered Jan. 2-5, 2018 — Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Friday from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This course will provide students exposure to the current key legal and policy issues related to cybersecurity, including the legal authorities and obligations of both the government and the private sector with respect to protecting computer systems and networks, as well as the national security aspects of the cyber domain including authorities related to offensive activities in cyberspace. This course will include a survey of federal laws, executive orders, regulations and cases related to surveillance, cyber intrusions by both private and nation-state actors. The course will also explore the legislative and technology landscape in this dynamic area, and will provide students with opportunities to discuss cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, technology and policy.

Water Resources Law, online course — three (3) credits

Instructor: Jennifer Harder
Days and times: Starts Jan. 8, 2018. Ends May 14, 2018.

This course introduces the legal principles that control water allocation for human and environmental purposes, taught via asynchronous online through exercises such as lectures, readings, videos, discussion and research. Legal principles covered include: categories of surface and groundwater rights, management approaches, allocation for environmental purposes, federal-state relationships, tribal and reserved rights, reasonable use, waste, and the public trust doctrine. Students gain practical understanding of water allocation and use in contemporary society, as well as critically examine the social policies that govern water management.

Marijuana Law Seminar — two (2) credits

Instructor: Michael Vitiello
Days and times: Starts Jan. 8, 2018. Ends May 14, 2018. Classes are Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Over half of Americans live in states where they may obtain marijuana for medical or recreational use without fear of prosecution by the state. Despite that, they are violating federal law when they possess even a small amount of marijuana. At the same time, the sheer number of states adopting these laws is propelling the US towards a national solution. The overlay of state, local and federal laws creates a complex pattern of legal requirements — such conflicts create a demand for lawyers. This seminar focuses on an array of legal issues: for example, what is federal law and policy regarding marijuana? What are the states doing and how can they do so despite federal laws making marijuana possession and sale illegal? What the policy issues surrounding marijuana, including questions involving health issues, criminal justice issues, business and banking issues and more.

Public Health Law — three (3) credits

Instructor: Emily Parento
Days and times: Starts Jan. 8, 2018. Ends May 14, 2018. Classes are Mondays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Students study legal powers and duties of government to assure the conditions necessary for the public to be healthy (e.g., to identify, prevent, and ameliorate health risks to the population), and the limitations on government's power to constrain the autonomous, privacy, proprietary, and other legally protected interests of individuals for the protection and promotion of public health. Topics covered include the foundation and scope of public health state policy powers; health promotion, persuasion, and free expression control of infectious diseases; bioterrorism; public health regulation of property and the professions; tort law's role in public health; and obesity and the scope of public health.

California Lobbying and Politics — two (2) credits

Instructor: Rex Frazier
Days and times: Starts Jan. 8, 2018. Ends May 14, 2018. Classes are Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This course explores how power and influence operate in the California Legislature. The first part of the course examines the processes and pressures a California legislator typically encounters prior to casting a vote in the Legislature, including campaigns for local and state office; fundraising; the influence of political parties and partisan leadership; grassroots supporters; and Sacramento-based interests. The second part of the course develops theories of legislative persuasion, including a blend of traditional advocacy skills and political strategy. The course includes a mock legislative hearing exercise at the State Capitol.