Professor Collins' research interests are American Indian law, state and local government law, constitutional law, regulation of marijuana and alcohol, religious freedom, and property law.
state and local government law, law and religion, property law, American Indian law
LAWS 5624 - Property
Topics include personal property, estates and interests in land, landlord-tenant, basic land conveyancing, and private land use controls.
LAWS 6005 - Constitutional Law
Studies constitutional structure: judicial review, federalism, separation of powers; and constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.
LAWS 7255 - Local Government
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
Studies state legislative and judicial control of the activities, powers and duties of local governmental units, including home-rule cities and counties, and some problems of federal, state, and local constitutional and statutory limitations on governmental powers when exercised by local governmental units (e.g., the powers to regulate private activities, tax, spend, borrow money and condemn private property for public uses). Offered in alternate years.
LAWS 7718 - The Regulation of Marijuana
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Covers three distinct but interwoven topics: substantive law governing marijuana, policy rationales behind and outcomes produced by different approaches to regulating the drug and the legal authority to regulate the drug. Prepares one to handle legal issues that arise in practice, but also to provide informed counsel on proposed and future reforms to law.
LAWS 7725 - American Indian Law I
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Investigates the federal statutory, decisional and constitutional law that bears upon American Indians, tribal governments and Indian reservation transactions.