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April 7, 2014
With three weeks left, how are we doing on "low stress, high learning" on sentencing issues?
Sadly (at least from my perspective) we only have three more weeks together before classes conclude on April 23. That means eight classes, and a mere 400 minutes, because we do not have class on Tuesday 4/15. (Fortunately, as I will explain in class, this week and next we can have some extra time together through lots of extra-curricular sentencing activities on the calendar.)
As explained in prior posts and in class, we will be focused in our final few weeks on drug sentencing, offender characteristics and the back end of the (non-capital) sentencing system (e.g., parole and clemency). In so doing, I hope to continue fulfilling my start-of-semester promise/desire to create a "low stress, high learning" environment for students. And as we head into this final stretch, I want to provide this blog venue for expression of concerns, complaints, suggestions and any other feedback before it is too late for me to respond effectively. (Obviously, you will all get a chance to share your views on the course in the formal evaluations at the very end of the semester, but at that point it will be too late for me to do anything in response that you will benefit from.)
In other words, I would be grateful for any/all student comments in response to this post about any subject related (or even not related) to the substance and style of our course.
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As someone who has fought hard not to fall into the law school trap of "stress for the sake of stress" mentality, I've certainly appreciated the change of pace this course has offered. The one suggestion I would have, is that occasionally you would take a step back from the issue we are discussing and show us how that particular discussion fits in the context of sentencing policy as a whole. Occasionally I felt that I was missing the application of our discussion because I didn't know where to plug my new knowledge in.
Posted by: Joe Gallagher | Apr 15, 2014 8:21:28 PM
Thanks, Joe, for this helpful feedback!
Posted by: Doug B. | Apr 21, 2014 12:10:21 AM