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Spring 2020
LAW768  A  CRIMINAL PROSECUTION & DEFENSE LAWYERING: SITUATIONAL ETHICS IN THE ADVERSARIAL SYSTEM OF JUSTICE

Course Description
How vigorously can a criminal defense attorney represent the interests of his client without "crossing the line?" When has a prosecutor become vindictive in his pursuit of a conviction? Is the judge just a referee who calls balls and strikes, or does the judge have a role in meting out justice? Studying actual cases and debating hypothetical scenarios, we will tackle the cutting edge issues that lawyers inevitably confront: the duty to disclose evidence favorable to the adversary, calling a witness the attorney does not believe, impeaching a witness the attorney knows is telling the truth, and getting paid, without getting indicted. In this advanced survey of the criminal process, we will reconcile the tension between tenacious advocacy and ethical (if not moral) constraints as we question the very premise of our justice system and the role of the attorney

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   W  3:30 PM-5:20 PM TBD

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Criminal Procedure and Substantive Criminal Law
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Take Home Exam and Class Participation
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Criminal Law - Basic
Litigation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
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