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Children & the Law

Course Description:

This course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children and the competing interests of their parents and the state in a variety of legal contexts, which include delinquency, status offense, abuse and neglect, and termination of parental rights proceedings. Special attention is given to the jurisprudential, constitutional, legal, and social foundations for the construction …


Computer Crime and Surveillance Seminar

Course Description:

This course explores the legal and policy issues that judges, legislators, prosecutors and defense counsel confront in response to computer-related crime and computer-related surveillance.  In particular, it considers how conduct in cyberspace challenges traditional approaches to the investigation, prosecution and defense of criminal conduct in physical space. Topics include: applying the Fourth Amendment in cyberspace, …


Criminal Defense Clinic

Course Description:

This clinic operates as a small law office specializing in criminal defense work. Under faculty supervision, each student represents several defendants charged with misdemeanors in the Franklin County Municipal Court. Students develop the fact gathering skills, practical knowledge, problem solving abilities, negotiation tactics, and ethical sensitivity necessary to advocate effectively for criminal defendants. In addition …


Criminal Law

Course Description:

Criminal Law covers the moral and penological principles underlying the definition of crime, such as the requirements of actus reus and mens rea, and general doctrines such as mistakes of fact and law, and causation. The course also considers inchoate offenses, such as criminal attempts and conspiracy, as well as doctrines of complicity. The course …


Criminal Law Defenses

Course Description:

This seminar explores the moral underpinnings of, and controversies regarding, criminal law defenses. During the first half of the semester, through substantial assigned reading materials (all articles, no cases), the focus is on the nature of criminal law defenses generally, and the theoretical but all-important concepts of “justification” and “excuse” more specifically. There will also …


Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

Course Description:

This course studies the process of the criminal justice system from after the time of arrest through trial and verdict. Topics covered will include the right to counsel, the charging process, pretrial detention, discovery, pleas, trials, and double jeopardy. Trial issues include many subtopics, such as the right to a speedy trial, jury selection, and …


Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Course Description:

This course focuses on the legality of police investigative conduct under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The course explores in-depth the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. Students study a wide variety of situations in which the police look for and collect physical evidence of criminal activity …


Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Course Description:

Students represent the City of Delaware and the State of Ohio in criminal cases, prosecuting cases as diverse as domestic violence, sexual misconduct, drunk driving, and theft. Each student is responsible for his or her own cases and handles every aspect of the prosecution including witness interviews, motion practice, plea negotiations, evidentiary hearings, and bench …


Evidence

Course Description:

This course surveys the law of evidence. Students develop a facility with major evidentiary rules and concepts, based on a study of the Federal Rules of Evidence. Concepts covered include relevance, the use of character and scientific evidence, the definition and use of hearsay, the use of real and demonstrative evidence, the proper method of …


Federal Death Penalty Seminar

Course Description:

This course examines substantive and procedural issues in federal habeas corpus review of death penalty cases. Reviewing doctrine and practice, it tracks the development of the law to its modern form.


Forensic Mental Health

Course Description:

Mental health issues are present in the legal system in many ways.  Through case law, students will learn historical and current approaches to issues of involuntary commitment, capacity for treatment, competency to stand trial, and sanity at the time of a crime.  We will focus on both federal and state standards and cases.  Civil rights …


International Criminal Law Seminar

Course Description:

The topic of the seminar is international aspects of criminal law and procedure. Specific topics covered will be jurisdiction as between countries of the world to prosecute crime, extradition and other forms of rendition to secure a suspect for prosecution, trial by military commission for acts in violation of the laws of war, the jurisdiction of …


Justice for Children Clinic

Course Description:

The course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children in a variety of legal contexts. As legal interns certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, students will each represent at least two juvenile clients. Cases may fall into any of the following areas of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special …


Law and Social Science

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies.  Despite its now …


Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Seminar

Course Description:

In the United States, the control and regulation of marijuana use has been a recurring legal and social problem, commanding significant political attention and public resources.  Contemporary state-level reforms of marijuana laws has raised significant new constitutional, legal, political and practical issues; policy concerns relating to states rights, local government law, race, gender, public health, …


Race and Crime Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar examines questions relating to the myriad ways in which race intersects with the law and with the criminal justice system.


Sentencing Law & Policy

Course Description:

Decisions about the treatment of persons convicted of criminal offenses (ascribing punishment), and the rules and procedures used in reaching those decisions (the sentencing process), are crucial components of the landscape of criminal law. The theory, policy and practice of criminal punishment and sentencing have evolved considerably throughout American legal history, and this area of …


Sexual Violence Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar examines various theories of sexuality—both cross-sex and same-sex—and how they relate to notions of “sexual violence,” “sexual injury,” and “sexual harm.” How should these injuries be defined, and what efforts should (or must) the State undertake to regulate or eliminate them? Should sex-based harms be regulated by the State at all? If not …


Trial Practice

Course Description:

This course teaches basic trial practice necessary for presentation of elementary jury trials. Teaching combines student simulations of various aspects of a jury trial with lectures and videotapes. Each student will participate in presenting at least one complete trial during the course.


White Collar Crime

Course Description:

White-collar crimes are non-violent, often complex criminal offenses involving lying, cheating and stealing. This course focuses on the investigation, prosecution and defense of white-collar crimes.  Sophisticated criminal offenses often use power, influence or trust for the purpose of illegal gain or advantage.  Offenses covered in this class include; fraud, corruption, money laundering, tax, obstruction of …