Course Details for Prof. Joe Dunman - Summer - 2020

Habeas What? British Common Law and Its Influence on the American Legal System

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L. Joe Dunman is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. At Morehead State, Legal Studies is an ABA-accredited, four-year program that serves both students training to become paralegals and students preparing for law school. Professor Dunman teaches a wide variety of courses, including Legal Research and Writing, Torts, Trial Practice, Law and Individual Rights, and Law and Society. His research interests include constitutional law (rights and liberties), judicial history, jurisprudence, employment law, law and religion, and torts. Prior to joining the faculty at Morehead State in 2017, Professor Dunman taught as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Before teaching, Professor Dunman practiced law as a litigation attorney, representing clients in constitutional, employment, contract, and personal injury cases. He also had the honor to represent the Kentucky plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which ultimately legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Professor Dunman is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. (More Info)

Faculty:
Prof. Joe Dunman (More Info)

Course:
Habeas What? British Common Law and Its Influence on the American Legal System

Program Dates:
July 10, 2020 - August 09, 2020

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
PLS 400 / PS 420

Discipline(s):
Legal Studies , Government

Course Description:
This upper-division government / legal studies course explores the unique British common law tradition, which directly influenced the unique American legal system. This course combines classroom instruction with a whirlwind tour of fascinating destinations in and around London. Students will gain a deep understanding of British law by, among other activities, visiting the beautiful countryside of Runnymede (where the Magna Carta was signed), sitting in on cases at the Royal Courts of London and the Old Bailey courthouse, watching the UK Supreme Court deliberate, and witnessing the British House of Commons in all its contentious action.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
On average: 3 to 5 miles of walking. Wear real shoes - the city streets of London are rugged in and of themselves; flip-flops thin sandals or ballet flatsare not allowed on field trip events. We will spend time out in the weather not just in moving from venue to venue. Some of our activities take place outside and in whatever weather is happening that day. July in London is often sunny and even hot but youll still need to bring an umbrella with you.

Course Highlights:
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