Criminal Law Seminar: Race and Criminal Justice System

This seminar will consider both the history and contemporary influence of race and racism within the operation of law in state and federal criminal justice systems. The course examines race discrimination today from the perspective of the Thirteenth Amendment's guarantee of freedom rights and elimination of slavery's badges and incidents, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment's due process and equal protection rights. It considers affirmative civil rights legislation from Reconstruction to the present and legal strategies for combating the impermissible use of race in criminal cases. Topics include prosecuting racially motivated violence, jury selection, money bail, right to counsel and access to justice, sentencing and the death penalty, profiling and unreasonable stops and seizures, and other areas of interest. Course requirements: course paper (20 pages not including footnotes), class presentation and class contributions. Papers written for this seminar do not satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement without faculty approval.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course