The legal environment course gives business students essential knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment within the context of business. At the end of the semester, the class was visited by Magistrate Judge Charles E. Binder, a 1971 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lee Honors College, to give the students current and relevant examples of the concepts and principles explored in class.
Carrick Craig, deputy general counsel at WMU and legal environment instructor, says it is not only crucial to learn the key elements on the legal environment in class but also to hear real-life examples from guest speakers, an element he tries to include every semester.
“Judge Binder was able to give students current and relevant examples of the concepts and principles studied in class,” says Craig. “Such exposure increases and expands the students’ knowledge base of business-related cases.”
After giving students background on his education and experience in the legal system, Judge Binder provided students with business-related case studies with a focus on electronically stored material, a major factor in most legal cases within businesses today.
“Knowing about ESM and its implications is important because the world is becoming more and more digital,” says Craig. “Just as if you would shred a piece of paper to hide something—deleting ESM contents can be problematic in legal cases.”