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Alison Siegler : Courses and Seminars

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 90221
(++, A, SKLL, BID, CLN)The Federal Criminal Justice Clinic zealously represents indigent defendants charged with federal crimes and gives students a unique opportunity to practice in federal court. The FCJC is the only legal clinic in the country that exclusively represents indigent clients charged with federal felonies. We enter our federal district court cases at the time of arrest, take them to trial or guilty plea and sentencing, and then carry them through appeal and beyond. As part of our broader mission to promote fairness in the criminal justice system, we also take Seventh Circuit appeals and write amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. FCJC students interview clients and witnesses; meet with clients at the federal jail; conduct and participate in bond hearings, preliminary hearings, arraignments, evidentiary hearings, plea hearings, sentencing hearings, and trials; research, write, and argue motions and briefs; negotiate with prosecutors; and participate in case investigations. Students involved in appellate litigation research and write briefs to the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court and conduct oral argument in the Seventh Circuit. The seminar component includes skills exercises, simulations, lectures, case rounds, and discussions.The pre-requisites/co-requisites are Evidence and Criminal Procedure I; these courses may be taken at any time during 2L or 3L year. It is strongly recommended that rising 3Ls interested in joining the FCJC take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or another trial advocacy course. The FCJC is a year-long clinic. Bidding is only open to 3Ls, but any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls. It is strongly recommended that current 2L students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls during the 2017-18 year take Prof. Siegler's Federal Sentencing Seminar in 2017.
Autumn 2016
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler
Greenberg Seminar: Blood, Books, and Guns: Crime and Medical Ethics in Literature
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)This seminar studies selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Professor Alison Siegler and her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School, bring to this seminar their undergraduate experience as English majors and their respective expertise in criminal defense and medical ethics. Topics include mens rea in Capote; sentencing in Shakespeare; end-of-life decision-making in Tolstoy; and crime, punishment, and ethics in Dylan’s music.Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Alison Siegler
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 90221
(++, A, SKLL, BID, CLN)The Federal Criminal Justice Clinic zealously represents indigent defendants charged with federal crimes and gives students a unique opportunity to practice in federal court. The FCJC is the only legal clinic in the country that exclusively represents indigent clients charged with federal felonies. We enter our federal district court cases at the time of arrest, take them to trial or guilty plea and sentencing, and then carry them through appeal and beyond. As part of our broader mission to promote fairness in the criminal justice system, we also take Seventh Circuit appeals and write amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. FCJC students interview clients and witnesses; meet with clients at the federal jail; conduct and participate in bond hearings, preliminary hearings, arraignments, evidentiary hearings, plea hearings, sentencing hearings, and trials; research, write, and argue motions and briefs; negotiate with prosecutors; and participate in case investigations. Students involved in appellate litigation research and write briefs to the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court and conduct oral argument in the Seventh Circuit. The seminar component includes skills exercises, simulations, lectures, case rounds, and discussions.The pre-requisites/co-requisites are Evidence and Criminal Procedure I; these courses may be taken at any time during 2L or 3L year. It is strongly recommended that rising 3Ls interested in joining the FCJC take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or another trial advocacy course. The FCJC is a year-long clinic. Bidding is only open to 3Ls, but any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls. It is strongly recommended that current 2L students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls during the 2017-18 year take Prof. Siegler's Federal Sentencing Seminar in 2017.
Spring 2017
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 90221
(++, A, SKLL, BID, CLN)The Federal Criminal Justice Clinic zealously represents indigent defendants charged with federal crimes and gives students a unique opportunity to practice in federal court. The FCJC is the only legal clinic in the country that exclusively represents indigent clients charged with federal felonies. We enter our federal district court cases at the time of arrest, take them to trial or guilty plea and sentencing, and then carry them through appeal and beyond. As part of our broader mission to promote fairness in the criminal justice system, we also take Seventh Circuit appeals and write amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. FCJC students interview clients and witnesses; meet with clients at the federal jail; conduct and participate in bond hearings, preliminary hearings, arraignments, evidentiary hearings, plea hearings, sentencing hearings, and trials; research, write, and argue motions and briefs; negotiate with prosecutors; and participate in case investigations. Students involved in appellate litigation research and write briefs to the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court and conduct oral argument in the Seventh Circuit. The seminar component includes skills exercises, simulations, lectures, case rounds, and discussions.The pre-requisites/co-requisites are Evidence and Criminal Procedure I; these courses may be taken at any time during 2L or 3L year. It is strongly recommended that rising 3Ls interested in joining the FCJC take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop or another trial advocacy course. The FCJC is a year-long clinic. Bidding is only open to 3Ls, but any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls. It is strongly recommended that current 2L students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls during the 2017-18 year take Prof. Siegler's Federal Sentencing Seminar in 2017.
Winter 2017
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler
Federal Sentencing: Balancing Judicial and Prosecutorial Discretion
LAWS 53135
(WP, BID, SEM)The Supreme Court has dramatically changed the federal sentencing landscape in the past decade, making federal sentencing the least settled and most dynamic area of federal criminal jurisprudence. This seminar examines the federal sentencing revolution and its aftermath. We study the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and recent Supreme Court cases that try to define the Guidelines proper role in sentencing. We discuss the ongoing struggle to balance judicial discretion and prosecutorial discretion, and the fundamental tension this creates between district courts and courts of appeals, and between the judicial and executive branches. We also explore the tension between ensuring consistency across cases and individualizing punishment. Reading materials are varied and include Supreme Court and lower court cases, the United States Sentencing Guidelines, law review articles, Sentencing Commission studies and reports, and Department of Justice internal directives. Various guest speakers will visit class, including a federal district court judge and an Assistant United States Attorney. Each student is expected to research and write a 20-25 page paper in response to a specific assignment. Students will be graded based on their written submissions and class participation. Second-year students interested in participating in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic during their 3L year are strongly encouraged to enroll in this seminar, although it is not a prerequisite or corequisite for the clinic.
Winter 2017
Alison Siegler
Greenberg Seminar: Blood, Books, and Guns: Crime and Medical Ethics in Literature
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar studies selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Professor Alison Siegler and her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School, bring to this seminar their undergraduate experience as English majors and their respective expertise in criminal defense and medical ethics. Topics include mens rea in Capote; sentencing in Shakespeare; end-of-life decision-making in Tolstoy; and crime, punishment, and ethics in Dylan’s music.Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2017
Alison Siegler