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Richard H. McAdams : Courses and Seminars

Criminal Law
LAWS 30311
This course, offered over two sequential quarters, addresses the doctrines of criminal liability and the moral and social problems of crime. The definitions of crimes and defenses are considered in light of the purposes of punishment and the role of the criminal justice system, including police and correctional agencies. The student's grade is based on class participation and a single final examination.
Spring 2014
Richard H. McAdams
Current Topics in Criminal Law & Procedure
LAWS 60703
This year-long seminar will focus on recent books addressing topics in criminal law and criminal procedure. The books selected will primarily be authored by law professors, but we may also read books written by prosecutors, defense lawyers, social scientists, philosophers, or journalists. Topics will include some but not all of the following: punishment theory, the police, searches and electronic surveillance, interrogation, plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, victim’s rights, drug crimes, sexual assault, theft crimes, race inequality, prisons, or the death penalty. We will meet three times per quarter, discussing one book per meeting, as follows: FALL Oct 3 Oct 24 Nov 14 WINTER Jan 9 Jan 30 Feb 20 SPRING March 27 Apr 17 May 8 Grades will be based on class participation and a short research paper on each book.
Autumn 2013
Richard H. McAdams
Current Topics in Criminal Law & Procedure
LAWS 60703
This year-long seminar will focus on recent books addressing topics in criminal law and criminal procedure. The books selected will primarily be authored by law professors, but we may also read books written by prosecutors, defense lawyers, social scientists, philosophers, or journalists. Topics will include some but not all of the following: punishment theory, the police, searches and electronic surveillance, interrogation, plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, victim’s rights, drug crimes, sexual assault, theft crimes, race inequality, prisons, or the death penalty. We will meet three times per quarter, discussing one book per meeting, as follows: FALL Oct 3 Oct 24 Nov 14 WINTER Jan 9 Jan 30 Feb 20 SPRING March 27 Apr 17 May 8 Grades will be based on class participation and a short research paper on each book.
Winter 2014
Richard H. McAdams
Current Topics in Criminal Law & Procedure
LAWS 60703
This year-long seminar will focus on recent books addressing topics in criminal law and criminal procedure. The books selected will primarily be authored by law professors, but we may also read books written by prosecutors, defense lawyers, social scientists, philosophers, or journalists. Topics will include some but not all of the following: punishment theory, the police, searches and electronic surveillance, interrogation, plea bargaining, wrongful convictions, victim’s rights, drug crimes, sexual assault, theft crimes, race inequality, prisons, or the death penalty. We will meet three times per quarter, discussing one book per meeting, as follows: FALL Oct 3 Oct 24 Nov 14 WINTER Jan 9 Jan 30 Feb 20 SPRING March 27 Apr 17 May 8 Grades will be based on class participation and a short research paper on each book.
Spring 2014
Richard H. McAdams
Elements of the Law
LAWS 30101
This course examines certain issues that occur in many different areas of the law and considers the relationship between these issues and comparable questions in other fields of thought, such as moral and political philosophy, economics, and political theory. The subjects for discussion include the nature of, and justification for, reasoning from precedent; the meaning of such notions as consent, coercion, and voluntary choice; the decision whether to impose rules or allow discretion; the problems of interpreting statutes and other authoritative texts; and the objective or subjective nature of moral judgments. The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Autumn 2013
Richard H. McAdams
Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War
LAWS 95902
We will explore these works on crime, politics, and policing in the City of Baltimore: David Simon, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets,” Davis Simon & Ed Burns, “The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner City Neighborhood,” Peter Moskos, "Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District,” and all of “The Wire.” We will focus particularly on the drug war – the economics and violence of the trade; the culture of the police bureaucracy; alternative law enforcement strategies such as informants and wiretapping; the politics of race, crime rates, and legalization; and the effects of addiction. But these works also examine, within Baltimore, the effects of declining blue collar jobs and weakening labor unions; the effects of race, incumbency, and corruption on local politics; the challenges and failures of urban education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance. Preference is given to 3L students. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2013
Jonathan Masur, Richard H. McAdams