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276.82 sec. 001 - Secrecy: The Use and Abuse of Information Control in the Courts (Spring 2021)
Instructor: Rebecca Wexler (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
From January 20, 2021
To March 03, 2021
Course End: March 03, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 33219
Class Number: 33219
Enroll Limit: 14
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM
On July 9, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that a New York State prosecutor has the power to compel an accounting firm to disclose President Donald J. Trump's tax returns for a grand jury investigation because no one -- not even the President -- is above the law. Chief Justice Roberts opened this historic opinion with the statement: "In our judicial system, the public has a right to every man’s evidence.” Yet, in other cases, courts routinely block litigants' power to compel disclosures of relevant evidence. They do this to protect a range of conflicting interests, such as personal privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement methods, state secrets, and more. This course will explore tensions between, on the one hand, the commitment "to every man's evidence," and on the other hand, the commitment to keeping sensitive information secret, even when that secrecy undermines accuracy and fairness in the courts.
This course will engage in close reading of foundational cases, as well as litigation documents and legal scholarship.
This class is designed to give students an extra opportunity to engage despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, this class will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. The total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.
Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Public Law and Policy
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