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Michael Thomas Doran

Professor
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB346
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Education
J.D. Yale Law School 1991
B.A. Wesleyan University 1988
Biography

Michael Doran rejoined the Law School in 2014. His research interests include tax policy, executive compensation and legal ethics. Doran previously taught at the Law School from 2005 to 2009 and at Georgetown University Law Center from 2009 to 2014. Before he began teaching, he was a partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., practicing federal tax and federal pension law. He also served twice in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. Doran teaches tax, property, legal ethics, Native American law and employee benefits law.

LAW 6006: Property
Credits: 4
The course is a general introduction to property concepts and different types of property interests, particularly real property. The course surveys present and future estates in land, ownership and concurrent ownership. Leasehold interests, gifts and bequests, covenants and servitudes, conveyancing, various land use restrictions, eminent domain, and intellectual and personal property issues are also considered.
LAW 6106: Federal Income Tax
Credits: 3–4
This course will concentrate on the provisions that apply to all taxpayers, with particular concern for the taxation of individuals. The course is intended to provide grounding in such fundamental areas as the concept of income, income exclusions and exemptions, non-business deductions, deductions for business expenses, basic tax accounting, assignment of income, and capital gains and losses.
LAW 7114: Native American Law
Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to Native American law (or 'Federal Indian law' or 'American Indian law'). The subject matter is the legal relationships among Indian nations and the U.S. government, state governments, and individuals. The course will cover both the historical development of Native American law and contemporary issues, including tribal sovereignty, property, natural resources, gaming, and civil and criminal jurisdiction.
LAW 7147: Employee Benefits Law
Credits: 3
Federal law closely regulates employer-provided retirement, health, and welfare benefits. In this course, we will examine key federal statutes for this important and dynamic area of the law.
LAW 7174: Roman Law
Credits: 3
Roman law developed over the course of more than one thousand years, and it continues to influence contemporary legal systems throughout the world. In this course, we will examine the portions of Roman private law that correspond to Anglo-American contract, tort, property, and family law.
LAW 8018: Trusts and Estates
Credits: 3–4
The course will cover intestate succession; requirements for the execution, revocation, republication, and revival of wills and codicils; probate procedure and grounds for will contests; requisites for the creation and termination of private trusts; inter vivos transactions that serve as will substitutes; planning for incapacity; and problems in the interpretation of wills.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8814: Independent Research (YR)
This course is the first semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8815: Independent Research (YR)
Credits: 2
This course is the second semester of a yearlong independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 15
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.