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International Criminal Prosecution #6882

  • Adjunct Professor Willem van Genugten
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    The seminar will consist of four 3-1/2 hour classes, as described below. Each student will be required to write a paper on a topic of the student’s choosing related to the seminar. The paper must be 6000 words (about 20 pages) for one credit, 9000 words (about 30 pages) for two credits. Expectations with respect to depth of analysis are higher for those earning two credits. Students may specify on the paper how many credits are to be earned but should be aware of registration and cancellation deadlines. Papers will be due Monday, August 25.

    Session 1: A general introduction to international criminal law from WWII onwards, focussing on State immunity versus individual criminal responsibility.

    Session 2: The coming into existence and functioning of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and their influence on the development of international criminal law. The second part of this session will relate to the so-called ‘special’ or ‘hybrid’ courts (Sierra Leone, East-Timor, Cambodia, Iraq, Lebanon), including the reasons why they have been installed, the trouble they have been confronted with and their (non-)achievements.

    Session 3: This part will discuss the links between international criminal law and global trends such as the ‘constitutionalization’ and ‘humanization’ of the international legal order, and concepts such as the ‘responsibility to protect’. This session also covers the tension between criminal prosecution and the need to reach peace agreement.

    Session 4: This session will focus on the US position on international criminal law, in particular the International Criminal Court. The second part of this session will relate to other means of ‘doing justice to the past’ (transitional justice and (African) alternatives for criminal prosecution for instance) and on interaction between traditional, national and international criminal law.


Business Associations/Corporations I #6051

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    The initial part of this course is an introduction to the general law of multi-person unincorporated business organizations, principally partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Matters covered include the procedures for forming such organizations and the rights and obligations of the participants as among themselves and with respect to third persons. The remaining class hours constitute the first portion of the basic Corporations course, and will cover such matters as corporate organization; the distribution of powers among the corporate board of directors, its officers and its stockholders; the proxy system; control devices in the close corporation; and the fiduciary duties of directors, officers and controlling shareholders. Matters dealing with "corporate finance" (issuance of shares, payment of dividends, and corporate reorganizations) are covered in Advanced Corporate Law.

Corporate Externship #6035

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    In this summer program, students are placed in company law departments to experience the work of in-house counsel. The student will receive 3 credits for 150 hours, to be completed over a 6 to 8 week period. Students will work with substantive areas of law such as corporate policies and codes of conduct, employment law, vendor and supplier agreements, SEC filings and documents, international and comparative law, finance, and intellectual property. Students will also participate in or observe meetings, telephone or video conferences, and company events to experience day-to-day work of in-house counsel.

    The instructor will match students and companies using a questionnaire. Students also attend two on-campus workshops and complete written assignments, including journals of their experiences. This class is available to students who have completed the 2L year.

Evidence #6219

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    A study of relevance, admission and exclusion of evidence, direct and cross- examination, judicial notice, hearsay, expert testimony, burdens of proof and presumptions, privileged communications.

Judicial Externship #6057

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    Each student is assigned to a judge and serves as a part-time law clerk for one semester. Positions are available with federal district, bankruptcy, courts of appeals, and magistrate- judges, with state court of appeals, district court, and tax court judges, and with tribal courts. Students receive placements with attention to their expressed preferences among the courts and kinds of cases addressed. The application process for federal placements occurs separately, and may occur before course registration; notification will be sent to all students about deadlines for applying. Working as externs, students prepare research memoranda, observe judicial proceedings, and participate in the drafting of opinions and orders. A student may select to register for 2 credits (100 hours of fieldwork) or 3 credits (150 hours of fieldwork). Students should try to arrange their schedules to have several large blocks of time available to work for a judge; free mornings are especially important for attending court hearings. Students will document and reflect on their fieldwork, and interact with other students in the class through online discussion groups and occasional class meetings. Initial enrollment is limited to ensure placement, but students on the waiting list will be added to the class as the number of confirmed judicial assignments increases.

Professional Responsibility #6600

  • Adjunct Professor David Schultz
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    This class examines the ethical issues attorneys confront in diverse areas of practice. There are two primary questions for this course. First, what are (minimal) ethical expectations attorneys face from the point of view of the law, the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and from state bar regulation? Second, why do good attorneys and law firms do bad things? However, the class will explore even a broader set of ethical questions including how attorney ethics are defined, depicted in pop culture, and what type of conduct lawyers should aspire to in their practice. The course will also explore the relationships among personal values, the law, and the rules of lawyering, seeking to ascertain strategies regarding how to reconcile them.

Trial Practice #6618

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    Selected problems in litigation. Exercises in jury selection, introduction of evidence, expert testimony, direct and cross examination and impeachment of witnesses, opening statements and closing arguments.

    This course is an introduction to the basic skills of trial practice. These skills include; Jury Selection, Opening Statements, Direct and Cross Examination, Direct and Cross Examination of an Expert Witness and Final Argument.

    The course will also include an introduction to the use of physical and documentary evidence and handling forensic evidence. Students will perform the various trial skills on a weekly basis and be critiqued by the Instructor and additional experienced practitioners. The student’s courtroom performance will be videoed and the student will review the video of their weekly performance on line.

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