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This course has been canceled for the fall 2016 semester.
This course has been added to the fall 2016 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Hugh Baxter and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This course examines the law that organizes democratic processes of election and decision-making. After considering the historical struggle for minority enfranchisement and the Supreme Court’s first forays into redistricting and reapportionment, we move to more contemporary topics. Among those topics are campaign-finance law (with special attention to the recent Citizens United decision), the connection of race and political participation under the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, the constitutional role and rights of political parties (which the Constitution’s framers omitted from mention and distrusted as “factions”), and the constitutionality of partisan and bipartisan gerrymandering. A take-home examination and active participation in class discussion are required.
Section P1 of Evidence will now be taught by Professor Lawson. It remains scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
National Security Law
This course has been canceled for the fall 2016 semester.
Writing Supplement to T&E
The schedule for this course has changed for the fall 2016 semester. It will now meet on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
Client Counseling (S)
Ms. Catherine Mondell will teach the spring Client Counseling seminar in the scheduled time slot – Tuesday, 2:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. You may view Ms. Mondell’s bio online at http://www.mondelldr.com/biography/
This section of Corporations has been canceled for the spring 2017 semester.
Criminal Law, Civil Order: Policing in the 21st Century (S)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Martha Coakley and will meet on Mondays from 4:20 p.m to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This course will examine the roots of civil policing in the United States, with an emphasis on the last sixty (60) years of Federal and State Court decisions that address a range of issues such a stop and frisk, search and seizure, and use of force. We will examine the efforts of courts and legislation to balance the need for order with the recognition of individual and civil rights. What roles do local community policing and theories like “broken windows” play in the delivery and perception of criminal justice? How much do Federal priorities and funding drive law enforcement initiatives? What roles do gender and race play among all the actors: victims, defendants, and police institutions? The course will examine remedies available for police misconduct, especially excessive use of force, including Internal Affairs, Civilian Review Boards and Sec. 1983 law suits. Most classes will include a guest with experience on the issue and/or co-teacher. Each class will require a short written and/or oral argument presentation as well as discussion. There will be a final project with an oral and written component. Attendance and participation will factor into the final grade. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Professor Rosanna Cavallaro will return to BU Law to teach the spring section of Evidence. The class will remain on the schedule on Monday/Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
National Security Law (S)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 semester. It will be taught by Professor Robert Sloane and will meet on Tuesdays from 4:20pm to 6:20pm.
This 3 credit course has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Professor Thomas Porter and will meet on Mondays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Interested 3L students should notify the Registrar (email@example.com) by August 5 if you wish to enroll. Registration will open to 2Ls on August 9 should available spaces remain.
The course explores the needs of key stakeholders in a justice system (victims, offenders, communities, government officials), outlines the basic principles and values of restorative justice with comparisons to the principles and values of retributive justice, and introduces some of the primary models of practice. It also identifies challenges to restorative justice. These discussions will takes place in the context of secular and religious understandings of justice. The course is organized around the issue of crime and harm within a western legal context. However, attention is given to applications and lessons from other contexts. Of particular interest is the contribution of traditional or indigenous approaches to justice as well as applications in post-conflict situations, such as South Africa. The class will include presentations by the instructor, class discussion of the assigned reading, conversations with victims, offenders and community members, and role plays of different practices. The class meets at the School of Theology and will include students from both the Law School and the School of Theology. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work and classroom performance. There will be no final exam.
Persuasive Advocacy (S)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Ms. Jennifer Taylor McCloskey and will meet on Wednesdays from 10:40am to 12:40pm. Interested 3L students should notify the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 5 if you wish to enroll. Registration will open to 2Ls on August 9 should available spaces remain.
This seminar will focus on improving students’ persuasive writing skills through a series of assignments and in-class exercises. Students will draft a variety of documents designed to persuade, including a statement of the facts and memos in support of motions. Some legal research will be necessary for these assignments, but the emphasis will be on writing, not on research. Students will complete multiple drafts of these documents, meet individually with the instructor to discuss the drafts, and engage in peer editing of their classmates’ papers to improve their own writing skills. The class will also include discussions of persuasive writing strategies, comparisons of examples of good and bad persuasive writing, and in-class writing exercises. Students will be graded on the basis of their written work, their peer editing work, and on their classroom participation. There will be no final exam. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 14 students. NOTES: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.
Strategic Intelligence & Public Policy: Adv. (S)
This seminar has been canceled for the spring 2017 semester.
Transaction Simulation: Acquisition of Urban Real Estate for Major Commercial Re-Development
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. Lawrence Uchill and will meet on Wednesdays from 4:20 p.m to 6:20 p.m. The course description is as follows:
This course is one of the semester-long transaction simulations offered as part of the School’s Transactional Law Program and satisfies the Transaction Simulation requirement of the Transactional Practice Concentration. The simulated transaction involves the sale of an urban site in Cambridge, MA comprised of buildings currently or previously occupied by commercial tenants which is to be re-developed into a high-end mixed-use multi-family and retail building. The course is intended to expose students to various transactional, regulatory and other issues faced, and lawyering tasks undertaken, by both junior and more senior attorneys in this type of transaction, and to enable students, in performing these tasks, to develop important practice skills in the area of commercial real estate. The class will be divided into teams at various stages of the transaction, with each team representing the buyer or the seller, regarding the acquisition of the property, or the local developer or capital partner regarding forming the venture that will acquire this property. Students will perform the key analytical, drafting and other legal tasks required to effectively represent their respective clients during various stages of the transaction from inception through closing. Throughout the semester students will be able to interact with a variety of real estate developers and experts. The course grade will be based on periodic drafting, negotiating and other written assignments (both in-class and homework), contributions to team efforts, and individual class participation CLASS SIZE: Limited to 12 students. NOTES: This course does not satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement. This course satisfies the Upper-Class Professional Skills Requirement. RESTRICTION: Students may only take one transaction simulation course during their time at BU Law. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option
White Collar Crime
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Mr. Mark Josephs and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m to 10:30 a.m. The course description is as follows:
The past several years have witnessed a number of high-profile white collar criminal prosecutions, including Arthur Andersen, Bernard Madoff, Jeffrey Skilling (Enron), and Ronald Blagojevich (former Illinois governor) to name a few. Developments continue, including the Supreme Court’s reversal this year of former Virginia Governor Robert McConnell’s bribery conviction and the upcoming Boston trial of the operators of New England Compounding Company. The purpose of this Course is to teach present-day “white collar crime” practice, including the elements of principal federal statutes and the special procedures followed by prosecutors. The course will review the theoretical bases of modern “white collar crime” prosecution, the major statutes in a prosecutor’s “tool-box” (mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, bribery and extortion, obstruction of justice, RICO, and perjury) and procedural aspects of white collar crime (such as, grand jury process and sentencing). Students will learn significant and interesting recent cases and the prosecutorial and defensive techniques employed in white collar crime cases. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be familiar with the statutes, procedures, and methods of issue analysis employed by prosecutors and private lawyers in “white collar crime” practice. OFFERING PATTERN: This class not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.
Wrongful Convictions (S)
This seminar has been added to the spring 2017 schedule. It will be taught by Ms. Radha Natarajan and Mr. Michael Schneider and will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m. The course description is as follows:
The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented surge in the freeing from our nations jails and prisons of innocent people who were wrongfully convicted. Many have served lengthy sentences and some have spent years on death row awaiting execution for crimes they did not commit. This course will examine the broad range of factors that contribute to the wrongful conviction of the innocent and, in doing so, will shed light on broader questions about the functioning of the US criminal justice system. We will explore the role played by faulty eyewitness-identification procedures; coercive and deceptive police interrogation procedures; the mishandling of confidential informants, cooperating witnesses, and jailhouse snitches; junk science, disorganized crime labs, and incompetent and corrupt experts; police and prosecutorial failures to preserve & disclose exculpatory evidence; and incompetent defense counsel and underfunded criminal-defense-delivery systems. We will also examine the role of racial and ethnic bias, profiling, and tunnel vision, before considering how wrongful convictions affect the debate over the death penalty. We will look the use of postconviction procedures such as appeals, new-trial motions, and habeas corpus petitions, to free the wrongfully convicted. Finally, we will explore some of the reforms that have been proposed and some of the critiques — from both the left and the right — of the innocence movement, with its reliance on DNA technologies, and its narrow focus on the “wrong-man” notion of the “factually innocent.” Films, case studies, and guest speakers will help ground our discussion in concrete examples. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 15 students. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is frequently offered in alternating years. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule.