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    Contemporary Legal Issues, an award-winning series comprised of 44, 30-minute programs, focuses on advanced legal writing, analysis, and research. After viewing the entire series, the viewer will be able to demonstrate the use of legal research tools; demonstrate knowledge of briefing and synthesizing case briefs and authorities; develop the ability to analyze complex areas of the law and apply to findings to fact situations; and prepare a research plan and list of authorities. Join the discussions about these contemporary topics:
    • Cyber Law-Zippo Manufacturing Co. v. Zippo.com
    • Employment Law-Alexander v. Gardner-Denver
    • Constitutional Law: The Right to Counsel-David Westerfield, convicted murderer of Danielle Van Dam
    • Constitutional Law: First Amendment-OJ Simpson trial & cameras in the courtroom
    • The United States Attorney
    • Constitutional Law: Religion-Why the "Ten Commandments" was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court
    • Immigration Law
    • Labor Relations Law
    • Intellectual Property-Copyright and Fair Use
    • Constitutional Law: Brown v. The Board of Education
    • Criminal Law: Cold Case
    • Domestic Law: Same Sex Marriages
    • Capital Punishment
    • Business Law & Ethics: MCI, Enron, Tyco
    • The Terry Schiavo Case
    • History and purpose of the Bar Association
    • Small Claims Court
    • Identity Theft
    • Mental health and Criminal Justice
    • Privacy Rights-Hewlett-Packard privacy scandal
    Categories
    Contemporary Legal Issues
    College Level Academic Courses
    Video Running Time (minutes)
    840:00
    Producer
    Palomar College
    Course ID
    CLI-00
  • Component Items

    This is a compilation item which contains other items. Licensing this one item causes all of the following items to be licensed.

    01 Cyber Law: Cyber Court, the Court of Next Resort
    This program discusses the background and history of Cybercourts; why there is a need for International Cybercourt; the jurisdictional concerns; minimum contacts rule and how it applies to Internet cases; how personal jurisdiction is established; and advantages and disadvantages of Cybercourt Centra... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    02 Employment Law: Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements
    A panel discusses the background and history of Arbitration in employment law, specifically Federal Arbitration Act 1925 and California Arbitration Statute (1927, 1961); how Arbitration works: the advantages and disadvantages - time, cost, privacy, no jury trial, limited discovery and appeals; how a... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    03 Constitutional Law: The Right to Counsel
    Guests are the Hon. Victor Ramirez, who just recently retired from the Superior Court, Richard Layon, a criminal defense attorney, and past president of the North County Bar Association, and Steven Carroll, the Public Defender for San Diego County. The distinguished panel will help with understandin... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    04 Constitutional Law: First Amendment Jurisprudence and the Media
    A panel covers the rules for cameras in the courtroom in the aftermath of the O.J. and Westerfield trials; the role of the newspaper reporter and how it is different from the eye of the camera; the impact on the criminal justice system after so many high profile trials, competing interests and issue... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    05 Constitutional Law: The USA Patriot Act
    A panel describes the background, major provisions, and the significance to the average American of the USA Patriot Act. Discussion of the act being a dangerous over-stepping by the government, or a necessary reaction to fight the war on terrorism takes place; and the impact on the 'war' against ter... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    06 The United States Attorney Carol C Lam
    Carol C. Lam discusses her journey to becoming the U.S. Attorney and describes the organizational structure of the office of the U.S. Attorney and its mission, employees and location. She shares her major goals and priorities - mainly white collar crimes. Carol C. Lam talks about the $90 billion cos... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    07 Constitutional Law: First Amendment Jurisprudence and Religion
    A distinguished panel covers the background and history of the 1st Amendment; Jefferson's "wall of separation"; religion as a fundamental right; the establishment clause; the "Lemon Test" and how the court balances the state's interest; the balancing test used in 1st Amendment Jurisprudence; recent ... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    08 Immigration Law: The Consequences of Illegal Immigration
    A panel discussion about the background and history of illegal immigration; the economic, political, and legal issues, and absence of a clear policy; a Proposed Legislative Scheme to Solve the Mexican Immigration Problem, Bettwy, San Diego International Law Journal, USD, School of Law; President Bus... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    09 Labor Relations Law: The Strike and Other Weapons of Bargaining
    A panel discussion about the background and history of the labor movement in the U.S.; the percentage of workers today working under a collective bargaining agreement; description of a recent strike/lock-out involving the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and a major retail grocery store; col... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    10 Intellectual Property: Copyright and All That Jazz!
    The panel guests cover the background and history of copyright law, the various rights and limitations relevant to copyrighted materials; a video clip of students discussing downloading music with a Contemporary Legal Issues producer; a typical college student's thoughts about downloading music; wha... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    11 Constitutional Law: Brown vs. the Board of Education
    Guest panel discusses the journey by the Court in deciding Brown (The Civil Rights Cases and Plessy v. Ferguson); covers separate but equal doctrine; the Equal Protection Clause and its role of the 14th Amendment in deciding Brown; the May 17, 1954 Brown Decision bringing an end to De Jure segregati... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    12 Criminal Law: A Cold Case
    A panel discussion about the background and history of the investigation; the victims; describes the circumstances relating to the murders, time, and place; describes who Federico Gonzalez was; the process that led to the arrest of the defendant; the trial and description of the challenges of prosec... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    13 Domestic Law: Same Sex Marriages
    A diverse panel discussion of the background and history of marriage - the legal and religious definition; the change in the definition of marriage bringing a catastrophic change to family and society; the percentage of gay Americans, and why the issue of marriage is important to them; the support f... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    14 Capital Punishment, An Evolving Standard
    The focus is on the Supreme Court's decision to end capital punishment for juvenile offenders. In a 5 to 4 ruling the high court declared that it was unconstitutional to execute minors, concluding that the death penalty for minors is "cruel and unusual punishment". A distinguished panel will help yo... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    15 Business Law & Ethics: If It Is Legal, Is It Ethical?
    Enron, MCI, and Tyco have become household words, not because of their products or services, but rather because of their unethical conduct setting new records in the annals of business. Enron, the 7th largest company, goes bankrupt. It is one of the largest bankruptcies ever recorded, devastating th... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    16 The Terri Schiavo Case
    After 15 years in a persistent vegetative state, the controversies surrounding the death of Terri Schiavo remain controverted today, in what has been described as the longest and most litigated right to die case in U.S. history. Notwithstanding the dispute between her parents and husband, and courts... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    17 Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, Celebrating 50 Years
    Guests Mary Cataldo, Attorney-at-Law, and James Lund, President of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, discuss the history and purpose of the bar, as well as its role within the community and how it benefits citizens of North County, San Diego. protection regarding the Internet. Progra... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    18 Legal Education: A Dean's Perspective
    Dean Steven Smith joins the discussion on the history of legal education and the role of the American Bar Association as a leader in this area. The status of legal education in the United States and the training behind today's attorneys is discussed. Mr. Smith describes the California Western School... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    19 Small Claims Court: Mediation of Small Claims
    A panel discusses the background of the Small Claims Court, the process of bringing a small claim, and the role of the Small Claim Advisor. The services of North Country Lifeline are explained, as well as dispute resolution programs and mediation. Program 19 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal ... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    20 Identity Theft
    Deputy District Attorney Keith Burt talks about the background and facts of identity theft, and how extensive the effects are in California. The four classifications of identity theft are discussed, as well as the consequences of these types of theft for individuals and businesses. Mr. Burt also dis... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    21 Mental Health and the Law
    Guest Charles Sevilla, Attorney-at-Law, discusses mental health and the criminal justice system; specifically the 1984 Insanity Defense Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. 17, the prison system's involvement, legal tests for criminal responsibility (M'Naughten rule 8 Eng. Rep. 718 (1843), and the difference betwe... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    22 Privacy Rights and the Law
    Attorney Robert Levin discusses privacy rights within the workplace, and how employers are monitoring their employees; email, phone conversations, and video surveillance. The Hewlett-Packard privacy scandal is brought up, as the lawsuit against the company was settled the same day Contemporary Legal... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    23 Business Law: Torts in the Workplace
    The risks associated with doing business today are not limited to just the large companies but are shared by all. Liability issues abound in every corner of the company and not just in the corporate boardroom. Today we will take a fresh look at torts in the workplace, and some common law actions for... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    24 Mediation: The Art of Story Telling
    This program focuses on resolving disputes through mediation, looking at the human side of this art form, and hear from an expert mediator on how he uses storytelling to facilitate this process. Program 24 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal Issues DVD style course with completion certificate only
    25 Legal Education: A Civics Lesson for Teachers
    Civics, where did it go? How did we lose it? Do you remember civics from your school days? This program will focus on this critical issue facing our nation, as we try to rediscover civics; and take a look at a new program that helps teachers develop innovative methods to teach civic responsibility t... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    26 Science and Law: Functional MRI
    "What we are able to do is look inside people's brains and verify that they are telling the truth." This is an intriguing notion and potentially terrifying. Futuristic? No, this is being accomplished today. This new application for determining lie detection could change the legal and scientific land... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    27 American Jurisprudence: Cowboy Republic
    Cowboy Republic indicts the Bush Administration for weekending the rule of law and explains "six ways the Bush Gang has defied the law." Program 27 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal Issues DVD style course with completion certificate only
    28 The Courts and Jurisprudence: The Homeless Court
    Join a distinguished panel of experts who will help in this journey to the streets of San Diego to see how the Homeless Court program works and how justice is served. Program 28 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal Issues DVD style course with completion certificate only
    29 Privacy in the Workplace
    Is it legal for your boss to monitor you phone calls or emails? What about video cameras in the workplace? Is there a right to privacy? This video features a panel of employment law experts, Bob Levin, JD, senior counsel with Science Applications International Corporation and Michael Sullivan, JD, p... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    30 Domestic Violence
    More than 50% of women will be the victim of domestic violence at some time in their life and domestic violence will reach more than 4 million households this year. The statistics are shocking but the impact is catastrophic not only to the victims but the children who are subjected to the cycle of v... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    31 Access to Justice: Legal Aid, The Last Hope
    The American legal system is the best system in the world and generally renders substantial justice, yet the overwhelming majority of Americans do not have access to the justice system. Where do America's homeless, poor, elderly, single moms and children living in poverty turn to for legal assistanc... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    32 The District Attorney
    We the people demand that the police serve and protect us. Very often the use of force is required in order for a police officer to discharge their duties to ensure our streets are safe, our families and homes are protected and criminals are arrested. But when the level of force results in death, th... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    33 The Court and the Community
    The focus of this program is a statewide initiative in California between the court and the community. What is contemplated is a real dialogue; a community collaboration to achieve certain goals intended to address issues which affect their justice system. This important dialogue begins with the Hon... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    34 The New Domestic Violence Court
    The San Diego County Superior Court in San Diego, California, implemented a new court that has revolutionized how domestic violence issues are addressed. The program shows how this integrated court, under the umbrella of family law, addresses the systemic as well as legal issues with the goals of st... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    35 The Unification of the Superior Court
    This program features a judicial panel discussion focusing on the unification of the California Superior Municipal Courts into a single judicial system. The discussion will enhance the understanding of this new justice system. Program 35 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal Issues DVD style course with completion certificate only
    36 Environmental Law
    Are we wasting our most precious assets? Do we owe a duty to our next generation to preserve our environment? This program will attempt to answer these questions and others as it examines the regulatory and ethical dimensions of protecting our national resources. Program 36 of 44 from the series Con... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    37 The Summary Jury Trial
    An ever increasing amount of litigation has clogged court dockets, resulting in greater emphasis being placed on alternative methods of resolving disputes. Under the ADR umbrella, a variety of processes such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration exist as an alternative to civil litigation. The j... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    38 The Legal Team in Action
    This program profiles the law firm of Donald E. Moses and focuses on the legal team in action. What is the role of the paralegal and the legal secretary in the modern law office? How has this approach effected the practice of law? What has been the effect of technology on the firm and challenges in ... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    39 Mediation: The Art of Facilitating Resolution
    95% of disputes are settled through alternative dispute resolution methods. Under the umbrella of ADR, mediation has gained much attention as an effective tool to facilitate resolution of disputes. This program focuses on mediation—the art of getting to YES. It also seeks to answer the questio... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    40 Workplace Violence
    Violence in the workplace continues to grow at ever-alarming rates according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 1997, 856 homicides were reported, along with 2 million physical attacks, 6 million threats, and 16 million reported acts of harassment. The cost associated with workplace violence repo... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    41 The Role of the Deputy District Attorney
    This program profiles the role of the Deputy District Attorney. It will focus on how one becomes a prosecutor and review the duties of this important aspect of the criminal justice system. Program 41 of 44 from the series Contemporary Legal Issues DVD style course with completion certificate only
    42 The Dynamics of Paralegalism
    In 1968, the paralegal profession was first recognized by the American Bar Association. Since then, more than 100,000 paralegals have changed the legal landscape and the need for additional paralegals continues to grow. What is the future and how will paralegalism further evolve in the 21st century?... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    43 Corporate Law
    This program features a round table discussion on how corporate legal departments function and the emerging trends in corporate law. Round table participants:Douglas Scott, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of SAICJames Edwards, Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of VapotronicsRic... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only
    44 The Case of Life or Death
    The only time prosecutor Gary Hoover saw Gina Severino, she was sprawled across her bed clad only in a light blue tee shirt, a white sock on her left foot and blood speckled on the night stand, window, shade, and the wall of her bedroom. She had been beaten and strangled in her small home north of E... read more DVD style course with completion certificate only