Property: American Style

Property: American Style
5 sessions, 7.5 hours

This course considers the uniquely American approach to the concepts of private and public property. Beginning with William the Conqueror and the concept of state ownership of all property we will together trace Locke’s concept of Life, Liberty and Property, Jefferson’s modification of the term to “the pursuit of happiness” and the development after the adoption of The Constitution of the balance between private and public “ownership”. We will then analyze trends in the rights and obligations pertinent to the concept of private property. We will concentrate on the scope of and the political economic and sociological reasons underlying our protection of private property.

Instructor: Jim Baer’s former students at Ursinus College called him “intelligent, motivating, friendly, very funny, very experienced,” and said he was, “the best teacher ever hired.” A graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law, Jim is a forty five year member of the Maryland Bar and was also a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. He was a trial lawyer in private practice until 2001 when he returned to his alma mater, Ursinus College, where he created the college’s Center for Legal Studies and taught a variety of courses utilizing a unique blend of Socratic Method and open class discussion.

ILR723 Property: American Style
4-digit #: 6042
Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Sept. 20 – Oct. 18
Location: FCC Conference Center/E123
Tuition: $32  Fee: $65  Total: $97
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $65

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