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Summer 2020
LAW718  A  COVID-19: LAWYERING IN A PANDEMIC

Course Description
This online summer course will include two components. The first is a doctrinal 2-credit course (taught by a different faculty member each session) that will focus on the societal impacts of COVID-19 from a legal perspective. The second part (1-2 credits) will allow students to engage in distinct, experiential, projects to aid in important problem-solving, policy advocacy and provide assistance as our country and world works to rebound from the impacts of COVID-19. Students must enroll in the course if they wish to enroll in the experiential component (as an add on) however the experiential component is not a requirement of the course.

Course (2 cr)
The course will meet twice per week (T,Th from 4:30-6:20pm) live via Zoom. Readings will be assigned by each faculty member. A tentative schedule of topics and faculty is included below.

Experiential Component (1-2 cr) – Projects will be announced in the next 1-2 weeks
Students enrolled in the course can register for experiential projects related to COVID-19 and the role lawyers need to play now & in the months and years ahead. Each project will be led by a faculty or adjunct faculty member. It may include supervising experiential work with outside organizations or courts, writing white papers or engaging in other policy advocacy work.

Topics to include:
Bankruptcy – Drew Dawson
Crisis Leadership in Law - Tony Varona
Cross-Border Movement of Goods and Services in a Pandemic – Kathleen Claussen
Elections During a Pandemic – Fran Hill
Finance and Stimulus – Bill Bratton
Force majeure, impossibility, impracticability and frustration of purpose as applied to COVID-19 – Bill Widen
International Disputes – Sandra Friedirch
Overview of the CARES Act (for Small Businesses) – Marcia Weldon
Regulatory and Statutory Response to Crisis – Charlton Copeland
Technology in law practice as a result of COVID-19 – Robin Schard
The Use of Criminal Law as a Tool to Fight the Pandemic – Scott Sundby
The Workforce, Unemployment, & the Law – Andrew Elmore
Trends in Education – Osamudia James


Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
05-19-2020 - 06-30-2020   TR  4:30 PM-6:20 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will be required to actively participate in a message board and write a final paper for the course.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
Distance Learning
New Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
No  
Additional Materials:
No textbook required for this course. All reading materials will be posted to the class TWEN site.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: 1. Please register for the class TWEN site (link below). 2. Read the syllabus (attached and posted on TWEN). 3. Watch the introductory video: https://echo360.org/media/6e16eb13-93e9-41c3-91f3-8bafa1bae18f/public (7 min 48 seconds) which will provide an overview or the class and discuss class logistics. 4. Record and post a 2-3 minute video on TWEN in the FORUM (under the first thread --> Student Introduction Videos) introducing yourself to the class and the faculty which should include some information about why you enrolled and what you are most looking forward to about this class. 5. Watch your other classmates’ introduction videos to familiarize yourself with your virtual learning community for this class. 6. Reply to the first message board post on TWEN under FORUM --> Crisis Leadership in Law. 7. Complete reading for first class (Crisis Leadership in Law - Dean Varona) posted on TWEN under COURSE MATERIALS --> Crisis Leadership in Law. Please email Dean Greg Levy (glevy@law.miami.edu) with any questions about the course.

    Material:
    All reading materials are posted on the class TWEN site under "Course Materials."

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    https://lawschool.westlaw.com/manage/homepage.aspx?task=coursehomepage&courseid=287622
      

    COVID Course Syllabus 5.12 .pdf

 
Professor(s)

DAWSON, ANDREW


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: adawson@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-8446
Office: C223

VARONA, ANTHONY E


Biography
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Email: avarona@law.miami.edu

ELMORE, ANDREW


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: aelmore@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-8454
Office: G466

COPELAND, CHARLTON


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: ccopeland@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271

LAMM, CAROLYN


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: clamm@whitecase.com

HILL, FRANCES


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: fhill@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-2642
Office: G283

HAMILTON, JONATHAN C.


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jhamilton@whitecase.com

JACOBOWITZ, JAN


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jjacobowitz@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-8564
Office: G262

CLAUSSEN, KATHLEEN E


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: kclaussen@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-6646

NARINE WELDON, MARCIA


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mweldon@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-6534

JAMES, OSAMUDIA


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: ojames@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-2476
Office: G372

SCHARD, ROBIN


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: rschard@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-6441
Office: D138

FRIEDRICH, SANDRA


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Contact Information:
Email: sfriedrich@law.miami.edu

SUNDBY, SCOTT


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: ssundby@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-5848
Office: G279

BRATTON, WILLIAM



Contact Information:
Email: wbratton@law.upenn.edu

WIDEN, WILLIAM


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: wwiden@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-3739
Office: G275