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This course has two distinct components: a seminar and a sentencing workshop. The seminar will meet once a week. It will cover issues in sentencing theory and practice, including theories of punishment, aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors, mandatory minimum sentences, the Supreme Court’s Sixth Amendment sentencing cases, and Arizona state sentencing law. Attendance and class participation are mandatory, and each student is required to complete a 20-25 page seminar paper.
The sentencing workshop will meet all day on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 2009. Workshop participants will include all students enrolled in the seminar and eight Maricopa County judges. In preparation for the workshop, students will be asked to read materials from actual criminal cases and prepare memoranda describing their views on appropriate sentences in those cases. In anticipation of the workshop, students will also be required to complete several short assignments. Assignments will include specific problem sets associated with the AZ sentencing statutes, writing a short trial level brief, and a simulated oral argument. Students will receive either written or oral feedback from the instructor on each of these assignments. Students MUST commit to attending the workshop in order to enroll in this course.