Criminal Sentencing Seminar & Workshop



SLN #: 13625
Course Prefix: LAW-791
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Popko

Course Description:
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 policy, including theories of punishment, aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors, mandatory minimum sentences, and the Supreme Court’s Sixth Amendment sentencing cases. Each student is required to complete two written projects: a 10-15 page critique of an academic article on sentencing theory or policy and a similar critique of an appellate court sentencing opinion. Students are also required to create discussion questions for a number of seminar meetings, and to lead at least one class discussion during the semester. Attendance and class participation are mandatory.

The sentencing workshop will meet all day on Friday April 15, 2011. Workshop participants will include all students enrolled in the seminar and six Maricopa County Superior Court 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 engage in a simulated oral argument for one of the cases. 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.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes
Skills Requirement: Yes
Prerequisite: Criminal procedure is highly recommended. Advanced Criminal Procedure is also recommended.
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes
Online Course Site: Blackboard