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230.9 sec. 001 - Where Civil and Criminal Laws Collide (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Jed Rakoff  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Th 6:25 PM - 9:25 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-03-12

    F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-03-13

    F 3:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-03-13

    Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-03-14

    Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
    Location: Law 170
    On 2020-03-14

Course Start: March 12, 2020
Course End: March 14, 2020
Class Number: 31931

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 33
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

The historically tight distinction between criminal and civil actions is dead. Most criminal actions, for example, include mandatory restitution, a civil remedy. Many civil actions, for example, include the possibility of punitive damages, a quasi-criminal sanction. And numerous federal statutes, such as the securities and racketeering laws, provide civil, regulatory,and criminal sanctions for the identical conduct. Indeed, most defendants charged with "white collar" crimes also face parallel regulatory actions and private civil actions, sometimes both state and federal. This course explores, from both practical and jurisprudential standpoints, the dilemmas and acute conflicts created by this interplay of civil, administrative, and criminal lawsuits, and suggests that judges, and lawyers, need to open their eyes to the new world where "civil" and "criminal" no longer describe what is going on in the courts. The teacher, Judge Jed S. Rakoff, is a former federal prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, who has served 23 years as a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and is a regular writer for the New York Review of Books.

This class will meet:
Thursday, March 12th at 6:25-9:25 pm,
Friday, March 13th 10 am -12:00 pm and 3:10 pm- 5:10 pm
Saturday, March 14th 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:10 pm-5:10 pm

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Business Law
Litigation and Procedure

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