Seminar Courses Spring 2013

  • SEM: Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (Law 980) Professor César García Hernández: (2 credits) This seminar addresses the interaction of criminal law and immigration law. Participants study the increased use of criminal policing techniques in the immigration context, including mass imprisonment and mandatory detention. The course also considers the rights and obligations of immigrant criminal defendants and their attorneys. Special emphasis is given to sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to criminal conduct, including the policy motivations and implications of linking two disparate areas of law. Students will engage in a sustained research project. Does not satisfy perspective requirement, does satisfy upper class writing requirement. 

    SEM: Constitutional Litigation (Law 980) Professor M. Brown: (2 credits) This course studies the statutory and constitutional provisions that authorize civil rights suits aimed at redressing violations of federal constitutional rights. Specific topics include the nature of rights that can be enforced through civil rights litigation; the type of governmental conduct that gives rise to liability under the civil rights statutes; the responsibility of governmental units for the acts of their employees; the availability of damages and injunctions; the defenses and immunities available to individual and governmental defendants, including individual immunity and sovereign immunity; the doctrines that govern the relationship between state and federal courts in civil rights actions, including exhaustion of state remedies, res judicata and collateral estoppels and the abstention doctrines; and the availability of relief against private persons.    

    SEM: International Criminal Law (Law 981) Professor Turack: (2 credits) This seminar will deal with the following topics:  sources of international criminal law;  jurisdiction (nationality;  protective, territorial, passive personality, universal);  crimes against humanity; war crimes, genocide; torture; terrorism;  aerial hijacking;  hostage taking; extradition; money laundering;  environmental crimes; narcotics trafficking; international judicial assistance; and prisoner exchanges; please note this is a paper only course, no exam will be given.

    SEM: Law & Religion (Law 981) Professor Beattie: (2 credits) In this course, we will focus on the Supreme Court’s role in adjudicating issues regarding religious liberty.  We also will raise issues regarding constitutional interpretation and will examine the development of substantive doctrine in this First Amendment area.  After examining the basic historical and methodological materials, we will engage in a detailed examination of the most recent cases decided by the Supreme Court.