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230.9 sec. 001 - Where Civil and Criminal Laws Collide (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Jed Saul Rakoff  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 9:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2022-02-24

F 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2022-02-25

F 3:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2022-02-25

Sa 09:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2022-02-26

Sa 2:10 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2022-02-26

Course Start: February 24, 2022
Course End: February 26, 2022
Class Number: 31868

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 37
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

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, as the recent reversal of Bill Cosby's criminal conviction illustrates, most defendants charged with "white collar" crimes also face parallel regulatory actions and private civil actions, sometimes both state and federal, with significant consequences. 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 25 years as a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. He also serves as an adjunct professor at both Columbia Law School and NYU Law School, and is a regular writer for the New York Review of Books.

This class will meet:
Thursday, February 24th 6:25PM-9:15PM
Friday, February 25th 10AM-12PM and 3:10PM-5:10PM
Saturday, February 26th 9:30AM-12:30PM and 2:10PM-5:10PM

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: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure

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