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You Be The Judge

You Be The Judge

Behind the Steering Wheel of Jewish Law (Fall 2006)

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Six Consecutive Wednesdays, Beginning November 8th, 2006

Course Instructor: Rabbi Shaya Susskind

Course Location: Jewish Community Center

To Register, or for more information, click here.

Attorneys: This course is approved for 9 CLE Credits by the North Carolina State Bar. 

LESSON 1: Honor Among Thieves

If you are hired to give an inflated property assessment, and then are not paid for the service you performed, can you collect in court? In this lesson, we examine the enforceability of immoral contracts.

LESSON 2: Finders Keepers
What happens when objects are abandoned for long periods of time or are unavailable due to the ravages of war? Are there circumstances under which people, against their will, can lose the right to their property?

LESSON 3: When Glitter Turns Out To Be Gold
What happens if you lose a piece of costume jewelry that you agreed to watch over and it turns out to be real? How much liability do you assume for loss incurred because of negligence or willful destruction of an object that turns out to be worth more than expected?

LESSON 4: The Parasite
Is it fair to do business using your neighbor’s cow? May you sublet your apartment for more than you pay in rent? How do we distinguish creative opportunity from crass opportunism

LESSON 5: Your Money or My Life
What happens if under gun point, you deliver the property of your neighbor to robbers? Do you have to compensate your neighbor? We examine a real case, stemming from the Holocaust, in which this issue had to be addressed.

LESSON 6: Burdens of Proof
If two people lay claim to an object, how can we decide who is right? Upon whom does the burden of proof fall, and what kind of evidence will the court require?
 
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