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Fall 2020
LAW718  DL  COVID-19: LAWYERING IN A PANDEMIC

Course Description
This online 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 once a week 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
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
Overview of the CARES Act and Small Business Concerns – Marcia Weldon
Technology and ethics in law practice as a result of COVID-19 – Robin Schard and Jan Jacobowitz
The Use of Criminal Law as a Tool to Fight the Pandemic – Scott Sundby
Trends in Education – Osamudia James


Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2020 - 11-17-2020   W  4:10 PM-5:50 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: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

DAWSON, ANDREW


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

VARONA, ANTHONY E


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: avarona@law.miami.edu

HILL, FRANCES


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

JACOBOWITZ, JAN


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

CLAUSSEN, KATHLEEN E


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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


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

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