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ADLA 114101  Family Law
ADLA114101 Syllabus
The family as we know it is not simply the result of chance. Its existence is defined and reinforced by law. Examines the civil laws applicable to husband-wife and parent-child relationships, and current challenges to traditional laws. Socio-economic as well as legal aspects of marriage, adoption, abortion, divorce and child custody are considered.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Andrew McConville

ADLA 300101  Criminal Justice
ADLA300101 Syllabus
This course provides an introduction, overview, and survey of the American criminal justice system and its subsystems—police, courts, juvenile justice, corrections, and victim witness assistance. The class will examine the role, development, policies and management of the different public agencies and organizations that constitute the criminal justice system. Emphasis is also placed on the study of current and future critical issues such as due process, discretion in the administration of justice, community policing, police ethics, domestic violence intervention, technology to combat crime, threat assessment protocols and counter terrorism strategies, and evidence based juvenile and adult offender institutional and community based treatment programs.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Cesar Vega

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ADPL 354001  Law and Morality
What is the relationship between man-made law created by the courts and the legislature and religious values? Is there a religious and moral foundation to our civil law in the United States? What do we do when confronted by a "wrong" law such as segregation? How do we determine if a law is wrong? Should religious and moral codes be part of the fabric of decisional case law? This course will compare the classic moral thinking of such authors as Plato, Aquinas, Mill and Locke to actual Constitutional decisions on such issues as the war on terror, capital punishment, gay marriage, sexual privacy, immigration, freedom of religion, abortion and the right to refuse medical treatment.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, James Menno

ADSO 136501  Law and Society
Radical changes in the basic social fabric that dictate how people live, interact, communicate and work with one another create new demands for a legal system obligated to interpret and establish law. The course examines emerging challenges to freedom of expression, public and private communication: cyberspace, bullying, the disparity of access to resources, family protection, national security and individual rights, and different ways of representing justice. It also explores how the balance of emotion and reason in our idea of justice “shifts” over time, corporate responsibi-lity/irresponsibility, new definition of guilt and innocence, what is just/unjust social behavior, can citizens depend on the legal system, what holds society together.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, James Menno


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