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Alison Siegler : Courses and Seminars

Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 67513
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 our 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 students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls take the Federal Sentencing seminar during 2L year and take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop at the beginning of 3L year. The FCJC is a year-long clinic and is typically only open to 3Ls. Any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls.
Autumn 2014
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler, Judith P. Miller
Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature
LAWS 95902
Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will 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 2014
Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 67513
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 our 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 students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls take the Federal Sentencing seminar during 2L year and take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop at the beginning of 3L year. The FCJC is a year-long clinic and is typically only open to 3Ls, who must put a minimum of 7 credits towards clinic work. Any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls, who will receive a total of 3 credits in 2L year and must put 6 credits towards clinic work during 3L year.
Winter 2015
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler, Judith P. Miller
Federal Sentencing: Balancing Judicial and Prosecutorial Discretion
LAWS 47602
The Supreme Court has dramatically changed the federal sentencing landscape in recent years, making federal sentencing the least settled and most dynamic area of federal criminal jurisprudence. This seminar examines the federal sentencing revolution in the context of the history of federal sentencing. We study the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and recent Supreme Court cases that try to define the Guidelines’ proper role in sentencing. A central focus of the seminar is the ongoing struggle to balance judicial discretion and prosecutorial discretion, and the fundamental tension this creates between the judiciary and the executive branch. The seminar also focuses on the debate over sentencing disparities. 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 2015
Alison Siegler
Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature
LAWS 95902
Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will 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 2015
Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler
Federal Criminal Justice Clinic
LAWS 67513
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 our 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 students interested in joining the FCJC as 3Ls take the Federal Sentencing seminar during 2L year and take the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop at the beginning of 3L year. The FCJC is a year-long clinic and is typically only open to 3Ls, who must put a minimum of 7 credits towards clinic work. Any slots that remain after bidding closes will be opened to 2Ls, who will receive a total of 3 credits in 2L year and must put 6 credits towards clinic work during 3L year.
Spring 2015
Erica Zunkel, Alison Siegler, Judith P. Miller
Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature
LAWS 95902
Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will 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.
Spring 2015
Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler