Below is a selection of the classes that I teach. Feel free to reach out to me for sample syllabi or model assignments. I’m happy to share what I do.
Wrongful Convictions JUST 340 is a transformative, interdisciplinary class, in which students are challenged to consider their perspective on the criminal justice system through an entirely different lens: what happens when the system does not work as it should, and innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not comment.
Death Penalty Perspectives JUST 326 is a highly interdisciplinary course that looks at capital punishment from an historical, legal, sociological, criminological perspective, and grapples with the moral and ethical questions of whether the death penalty is an appropriate punishment.
Just Mercy: Mass Incarceration, Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty JUST 398 is a Selected Topics course that uses “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson as its jumping off point to explore the influence and effects of race, poverty, mass incarceration, the death penalty and wrongful convictions.
Hate Crimes JUST 319 is a highly interdisciplinary and interactive course that looks at the subject of hate crimes, incorporating materials from Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, and Law.
Criminal Law and Procedure PALG 301 includes the theoretical rationale for various criminal laws and processes, the substantive subject material and its practical applications. The class also covers related criminal justice system issues, such as race and class, police and prosecution discretion, and sentencing.
Evidence PALG 317 examines the basic principles and rules governing trial advocacy, including the hearsay rule and its exceptions, the examination of witnesses (lay and expert), impeachment, privileges, real and demonstrative evidence, inference, judicial notice and presumptions. As anyone who teaches Evidence can imagine, this is an incredibly complex area of law to teach to undergraduate students.
Justice, Courts and Legal Systems JUST 204 is a required course for Justice Studies majors that introduces them to the intersection between justice and the civil, criminal, and juvenile justice systems.
Senior Seminar and Internship JUST 497 is the capstone course for all Justice Studies majors, and complements their applied internship experiences into the classroom setting.