Business Law

Carol Docan

Professor Carol Docan
Emeritus Professor
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J.D. (1973) Loyola University, School of Law; B.A. (1970) Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, California State Bar (1973).

Carol Docan is a Professor of Business Law and a member of the State Bar of California. Before joining the CSUN faculty in 1976, her areas of practice were commercial transactions, banking, and family law.  Her academic research includes employment law, domestic partnership law, trademark law, and pedagogy. She served as a hearing examiner for the Los Angeles Police Commission and for the Los Angeles Board of Civil Service Commissioners, as well as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Judicial District. She is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Publications include
Acme Electronics, with Leonard Rymsza and Richard Gunther, Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies , Volume 15(Number 2), pp 65-80. (2009).

California’s Domestic Partnership Law: Incremental Progress or Dramatic Social Change? with Richard Sperling, 14 William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law,  (2007).

Infidelity on the Internet: Hidden Double Standards and the Differing Views of Women and Men, with Tony Docan, Communications Quarterly, Vol. 55 (2007).

A Day at the Movies, with Paul Baum and Leonard Rymsza, Journal of International Academy of Case Studies, Vol. 10, (2004). 

The Uncertain World of Trademark Dilution, with Linnea McCord and Leonard Rymsza, Journal of Contemporary Business Practice, Graziadio Business Report, Vol. 7, (2004).

She Could Have Safely and Anonymously Surrendered Her Newborn Infant Under California Law -- Did She Know That? Journal of Legal Advocacy and Practice, Vol. 4, (2002).

The Law and Women’s Issues: Constitutional, Employment and Health, Law West Educational Publishing Company (1998).

Japanese Business Managers Learn American Business Law: Differences and Changes, International Business Association Referred Proceedings (1995).

Student Notebook: Outlines, Hints, and Strategies for Use with Irwin’s Business Law, with Melanie Havens (1994).

Risk and Responsibility: The Working Woman Makes the Choice, Not the Employer, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly (1991).

Quick and Easy Ideas to Help Students Become Better Writers and Thinkers, Pacific Southwest Business Law Association, Selected Proceedings (1991).

Attention Female Applicants: If You Are a Fertile Woman, You Cannot Work Here – or Maybe You Can, Medical Trial Technique Quarterly, (1990).

Are Foreign Corporations Required to Comply with American Employment Discriminations Law?, Women Lawyers Journal, National Association of Women (1984).

Professor Docan has a B.A. Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and J.D. form Loyola University, School of Law, Los Angeles.

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