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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):
Textbook Required:
No  
Additional Materials:
No text required. All materials will be posted to the course Blackboard page.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: 1.Read the syllabus (attached and posted on Blackboard). 2. Please be sure you have accessed the class Blackboard Site (www.courses.miami.edu) and accessed and identified your Microsoft Teams learning community as discussed in the course syllabus.  You will have received an email inviting you to the Microsoft Teams communities.  Microsoft Teams will be used as our message board for this class. 3.Record and post a 2-3 minute video to post in your Microsoft Teams learning community (under the first channel --> Week 0 - 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. 4.Watch your classmates’ introduction videos to familiarize yourself with your virtual learning community for this class. 5.Reply to the first message board post under Week 1 (pre-class) --> Crisis Leadership in Law in your assigned Microsoft Teams learning community by 12pm on Wednesday. 6.Complete reading for first class (Crisis Leadership in Law - Dean Varona) posted on Blackboard under ASSIGNMENTS --> Crisis Leadership in Law. 7.Complete the following survey to help us pair you with a faculty member for your final paper and post-class reflection message board post and to identify who is interested in using this course for the writing requirement: https://umiami.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8pkKKkdLwHRl0pv.  Please submit your preferences by Tuesday, 8/18 at 12pm.   

 
Professor(s)

DAWSON, ANDREW


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

VARONA, ANTHONY E


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Email: avarona@law.miami.edu

LAMM, CAROLYN


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Email: clamm@whitecase.com

HILL, FRANCES


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

LEVY, GREG


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Email: glevy@law.miami.edu

HAMILTON, JONATHAN C.


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Email: jhamilton@whitecase.com

JACOBOWITZ, JAN


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

CLAUSSEN, KATHLEEN E


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

NARINE WELDON, MARCIA


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

JAMES, OSAMUDIA


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

SCHARD, ROBIN


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

FRIEDRICH, SANDRA


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Email: sfriedrich@law.miami.edu

SUNDBY, SCOTT


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

BRATTON, WILLIAM



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Email: wbratton@law.upenn.edu

WIDEN, WILLIAM


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