Fees, Fines, and the Funding of Public Services: A Curriculum for Reform

“Knowledge of subnational systems of taxing and budgeting and of fiscal policymaking processes can be put to use to reduce and to end governments’ reliance on user fees for courts and for other aspects of criminal systems. This reader aims to help experts in public finance to understand the misuse of court-based assessments which are regressive revenue streams….  These materials interact with ongoing seminars, sometimes virtual, to link people experts in public finance with their counterparts seeking to reform unfair monetary sanctions. Through monographs such as this, we hope to support work underway to shape just and equitable revenue-generation mechanisms that avoid imposing harmful costs on vulnerable individuals, families, and communities.”

Link: https://law.yale.edu/sites/default/files/area/center/liman/document/fees_fines_and_the_funding_of_public_services.pdf

Seminar: Drug Law Enforcement and the Bill of Rights

Abbreviated syllabus and reading list for Drug Law Enforcement and the Bill of Rights Seminar taught by Dr. Sarah Brady Siff at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The seminar offers a constitutional legal history of drug control in the United States.

Link: https://u.osu.edu/teachingdrugs/files/2021/02/DrugLawEnforcementandtheBillofRights.pdf

Points Blog Teaching Points

Points is a Joint Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. Explore the history-focused blog’s posts related to teaching and education. Posts include webinars, syllabi, and other resources for those teaching the history of drugs and alcohol in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Link: https://pointshistory.com/category/features/teaching-points/

Is There a Remedy for the Irrelevance of Academic Criminal Law?

This article focuses on two gaps in the modern criminal law course: “the sevenfold growth in the incarcerated population that happened after 1972” and the “massive ‘War on Drugs’ that exploded in the United States between 1985 and 1995.”

Link: https://jle.aals.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1012&context=home

Changing the Construct: Promoting Cross-Cultural Conversations in the Law School Classroom

This article details how a professor may encourage a discussion of explicit and implicit biases in a criminal law course, which will not only create better and more socially aware lawyers but also improve the learning environment for any and all law students.

Link: https://jle.aals.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1535&context=home

Learning From Conflict: Reflections on Teaching About Race and Gender

This essay highlights the experiences of a professor who, through teaching at University of Pennsylvania, realized that their passion for teaching lied more-so in finding students equally committed to social justice as they were. It details how the law has changed and the landscape has shifted, and in turn how the students’ viewpoints have changed too.

Link: https://scholarship.law.columbia.edu/faculty_scholarship/1002/

Criminal Procedure: It Wasn’t Always So

This article is reflects on a “panel discussion about the ‘birth’ of criminal procedure as a course 50 years ago, which included faculty curriculum committee discussions, schools that made advances in adding these courses, and other schools following this lead.”

Link: https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/osjcl13&div=25&id=&page=