Section Description Provided by Instructor
This seminar is designed both for those who want to be successful practitioners and for those who simply want to know where the law is going and why: in other words, the seminar's focus is both practical and theoretical. The subject of the seminar is the breakdown, if not abandonment, of traditional legal distinctions between tort and crime. Civil juries, for example, are routinely requested to award "punitive" damages, while sentencing judges are required to impose "civil" restitution. The Supreme Court, asked to determine when "civil" fines constitute "criminal" punishment for double jeopardy purposes, has struggled to define a satisfactory doctrinal borderline between civil and criminal proceedings, twice reversing itself in less than a decade. Everyday business lawyers increasingly find it difficult to advise their clients of whether, in connection with building a new plant, doing business overseas, or marketing on the Internet, they face risks of civil or criminal exposure, or both. Litigators increasingly find themselves simultaneously representing clients in criminal prosecutions, regulatory proceedings, and private class actions--all arising from the same underlying conduct. These and other such problems which characterize the ever-increasing interplay of civil and criminal law will be examined in the seminar from practical, theoretical, and policy perspectives in detailed case studies drawn from such diverse areas as tax, antitrust, securities, racketeering, and other hybrid statutes which provide both criminal sanctions and civil remedies. There are, however, no prerequisites for the seminar other than an open mind.
Several classes will feature distinguished visiting practitioners who will provide insights into their own experiences at the intersection of civil and criminal law.
A paper will be required. Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all registered students and for wait-listed students who wish to be considered for admission to the seminar.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (automatic), Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)