John Lausch : Courses and Seminars
Federal Criminal Practice
This seminar, taught by two former Assistant United States Attorneys in Chicago and a litigation associate who focuses on white collar criminal defense work, will expand students' knowledge of the scope and application of federal criminal law, and will challenge students to think and act as practicing prosecutors and defense attorneys. The seminar will review five major areas of federal criminal law: (1) the role and scope of the federal criminal system; (2) narcotics and money laundering prosecutions; (3) the use of informants; (4) public corruption and mail fraud; and, (5) racketeering. Students will gain a working knowledge of the relevant case law on these topics, and will also review actual cases prosecuted in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. This seminar is unique in that it will incorporate a practical component into the last four of these subject areas, including: writing and arguing a motion to suppress and a motion to dismiss, and writing and arguing an opening statement and closing argument. These practical exercises will be based on actual cases brought in federal court, and will give students an opportunity to represent both the government and the defendant. Because of the practical component, class size will be strictly limited to 12 students. Students will submit for grading two written exercises (a motion to suppress, and a motion to dismiss), and will present or argue one of these assignments as well as either an opening or closing statement. These two written and two oral exercises will provide most of the basis for their grade. The two writings, up to ten pages each, will form the basis for 40 percent of each student's grade. The two practical exercises will form the basis for 40 percent of each student's grade. Lastly, to foster discussion on every topic covered, class participation will comprise 20 percent of each student's grade.
Daniel Rubinstein, John Lausch, Shannon T. Murphy