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As of 5/28/2020 4:57:37 AM

21st C. Infrastr/Lawyer's Role

21st Century Infrastructure: The Lawyer's Role This course will introduce students to the world of infrastructure and how attorneys help make major public works projects happen -- or how they throw up roadblocks that may stymie efforts to put "shovels in the ground." The course will include a mix of lecture, seminar-style discussion, and practical exercises. Private and public sector subject matter experts with first-hand experience delivering infrastructure project will be invited to speak to students. The course will be divided into three sections. The principal objective of the first four class sessions will be to provide a foundational understanding of infrastructure -- its history, its role in society, the ethical dilemmas it often presents and how political challenges necessitate new and unconventional financing models, including so-called public-private partnerships. The next four classes will show the tight nexus that exists between law and infrastructure. During these sessions, students will discuss and become familiarized with the "Legal ABCs" of infrastructure law, particularly in the areas of condemnation, regulatory compliance, environmental law and commercial law. During the final five classes, students will enter the "real world" by understanding how major infrastructure projects actually have gotten done. Particular, but not exclusive, emphasis will be placed on the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Grades will be based on class participation and a final writing assignment.