law teaching

Donald Rumsfeld’s Tips for Law Teachers

Today in Land Use class, I had an abysmal time attempting to teach Avco v. South Coast Regional Comm’n, a 1976 California Supreme Court case that is crucial in understanding the “vested rights” doctrine.  Avco holds that a developer has vested rights to develop only when 1) it relies on a permit; and 2) has …


Information or Ideology? The Dilemmas of a Property Professor

It often occurs in teaching law school classes that opportunities present themselves for discussing current issues.  And that presents a problem: how can a teacher do it without engaging in ideological indoctrination?  The easiest way is to avoid the issue entirely.  But is that also avoiding the responsibility to actually address important topics? I ran …