August 10, 2016
Welcome to the Moritz College of Law, Criminal Law with Berman, and version 6.0 of this class blog
As some of you may already know, I am a big fan of law blogs and I make a regular habit of using blogs to support and supplement my instruction in law school classes. Sometimes class blogs serve my purposes and goals well; other times, not so much. Undaunted, I remain convinced (but not entirely confident) that the blog technology (rather than a propriety law-school-support technology like TWEN) provides the best on-line tool for supporting and supplement law school courses.
I will continue my bloggy ways in the Fall 2016 semester at the Moritz College of Law through this blog to supplement our first-semester 1L small-section Criminal Law course. And, as the version 6.0 label highlights, I have built this "new" blog directly atop the blog I used when teaching this very same course four times before (in Fall 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014) and when teaching a Comparative Criminal Procedure course (in Summer 2012).
I am hopeful that some new 1Ls will benefit from (or at least find reassuring) seeing some of the posts (and comments) that were generated in this forum at other times. Current users might focus especially on the archives from Aug-Dec 2013 and Aug-Dec 2014 to see some of the "action" in this class from the last two times I taught it.
So, welcome to the latest re-launch of this 1L Crim Law blogging adventure. I am always pleased when this blog helps to promote a distinct type of student engagement, and it will certainly provides the means for me to share required and optional materials and ideas.
P.S.: To provide proof that mining the blog archives can be useful, here are some items from deep in this blog's archives you might already find interesting or useful. For example, two prior posts and the student comments thereto (one from Aug 2008 and the other from Aug 2010) might be worthwhile as you gear up for our first week of class discussions:
- Any pre-class thoughts on Dudley and Stephens?
- Does the text or spirit of the US Constitution favor any particular theory of punishment?
In addition, in the archives from 2008, one can find these links to another of my favorite law blogs providing lots and lots of (old but still timely) advice for incoming 1Ls:
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