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Fall 2022

Course Description
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal civil rights violations in the United States, with a specific focus on hate crimes and police misconduct cases. Students will explore the dichotomy between state/local and federal law enforcement actions; the investigative process at the federal level by the FBI; United States Department of Justice and other agencies; the use of the federal grand jury in investigating and charging criminal civil rights offenses; the intricacies of trying federal criminal civil rights cases before juries in jurisdictions across the country; and the implications of the federal sentencing guidelines in the context of criminal civil rights violations. Students will explore the unique challenges faced by lawyers tasked with investigating and prosecuting civil rights offenses including, but not limited to, laws and policies designed to protect the rights of law enforcement officers accused of using excessive force and other misconduct; racial dynamics that impact investigating and prosecuting hate crimes and police misconduct cases; and the influence of media and grassroots social justice movements on prosecutorial decisions. Finally, students will be challenged to provide thoughtful analysis on the role of the federal government in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes and police misconduct cases in a post George Floyd, Pulse NightClub, and Capitol Building insurrection America, with a specific focus on the impact of race and sexual orientation on investigations and prosecutions. Guest speakers will include current/former FBI agents, U.S. Department of Justice trial attorneys, police officers, and victims/families of victims of hate crimes and police misconduct.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   R  5:30 PM-7:20 PM F309

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Evaluation in this course will be based on class participation and a writing assignment due at the conclusion of the semester.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
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Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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