Adam Mortara : Courses and Seminars
Federal Habeas Corpus
We will cover the history of the Great Writ and the evolution of the scope of federal habeas corpus review and relief; the Suspension Clause; habeas review in capital cases including stays of execution; alternatives to habeas review; state post-conviction proceedings; and jurisdictional issues in both the trial and appellate courts. There will be an emphasis on habeas review under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which will be particularly helpful for students taking federal judicial clerkships. Students' grades are based on in-class examination and participation, and a short research paper (if the 3 credit option is chosen). Students who have completed Criminal Procedure III (LAWS 49701) may not register for this class.
This course covers the role of the federal courts in the federal system. Topics will include the jurisdiction of the federal courts, Congress's power over those courts, litigation against federal and state governments and their officials, and the relationships between federal and state courts. There are no prerequisites. The student's grade is based on class participation and a final take-home examination.