915 SP Crim. J. Admin, Spring 2011 to Fall 2016

Categories: Criminal Law

Claims of Innocence

Course Page for Fall 2011 - Pray, John, Findley, Keith

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Federal Criminal Appeals

Course Page for Fall 2016 - Stevenson, Adam

Throughout the course of the clinic and seminar, students will:
1. Develop proficiency in investigation, issue spotting, legal research and written work, including legal documents and client correspondence
2. Learn to collaborate with clients, other students, and other criminal justice system actors
3. Develop an ability to identify ethical issues in everyday practice, and respond to such issues according to the rules of professional conduct and consistent with norms or professionalism.
4. Learn federal criminal procedure and sentencing, including appellate procedure.

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Post-Conviction Remedies

Course Page for Spring 2011 - Silva, Lahny

Conviction Remedies:  This course covers
a variety of issues in the criminal justice system that occur post-conviction
at both the federal and state level. Understanding that remedies may and do exist in the criminal justice system
,including habeas corpus proceedings, various appeals, pardons, and
expungements & sealings, will broaden the attorney tool box and prepare the
client to deal with the numerous collateral consequences of conviction.  Such penalties take the form of statutory/regulatory
disqualifications, negative stigma, and loss of opportunity.  This information is essential to the
professional development of those interested in a career in criminal justice.


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Race, Poverty & Criminal Justice

Course Page for Fall 2012 - Bushnell, Tricia

This course will examine the influence of race and poverty in the administration of criminal justice. Students will study racial disparities in charging, discretionary judgments in the prosecution of criminal cases, sentencing, the formulation of crime policy in the United States and
discuss issues of race and class in criminal case court decisions. We will assess the effectiveness of anti-discrimination law in the crime and punishment area and discuss reform strategies.

Sentencing & Corrections

Course Page for Fall 2016 - Klingele, Cecelia

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
• Identify sentencing dispositions and understand the legal and practical differences between them.
• Possess a deeper understand of a subtopic of the course selected by you, based on independent research and synthesis.
• Understand the justifications for punishment and the ways they can conflict with each other.
• Appreciate the role of developing science in the sentencing and correctional systems, and place those developments in historical context.
• Better understand how lawyers can improve client outcomes in sentencing & corrections.

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Victims in the Criminal Justice System

Course Page for Fall 2014 - Karofsky, Jill

The process of law is complex. It is particularly complex from the viewpoint of victims. This class will explore the legal process from the perspective of victims who unwittingly become part of the legal system. Professor Karofsky has over twenty years of legal experience. Together with local attorneys, judges, advocates, journalists, crime survivors, law enforcement officers, and public officials, you will delve into the journey of victims from the initial response of the police to pre-trial discovery, plea negotiations, trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals. The course will examine the history of victims' rights, the role of victims in the criminal justice system, and the practical impact of victims' rights legislation and constitutional amendments on the court system. This class is a must for anyone who will come in contact with victims of crime during their legal career.

Wrongful Convictions

Course Page for Fall 2016 - Findley, Keith

Hundreds of wrongly convicted people in the United States have been exonerated by postconviction DNA testing in the past two decades. Hundreds more have been exonerated by other types as evidence as well. As a consequence, wrongful convictions have emerged as a serious concern in the criminal justice system. This course examines the rise of the Innocence Movement and the lessons learned from the wrongful convictions cases. The course examines the causes or recurring features of wrongful convictions, including eyewitness identification error, false confessions, flawed forensic science, and others. The course then considers the way the legal system responds to such errors; it examines legal avenues for postconviction relief, including both state-based remedies and federal habeas corpus; and it considers the obstacles to and availability of compensation for wrongful convictions. Both practice and policy implications of error in the criminal justice system are examined.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should:
1. have a solid understanding of the factors that contribute to wrongful convictions;
2. learn to think critically about the criminal justice system, and be capable of assessing ways that the criminal justice system can be made to function more reliably, so as to overcome errors that produce wrongful convictions;
3. understand the procedural steps and legal standards applicable to postconviction challenges to a conviction; and
4. obtain a deep understanding of the importance of evaluating facts with an open mind, viewing claims and statements about facts and law with healthy skepticism, and exhaustively examining all claims, even when they seem obvious.

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