Course Details for Prof. L. Joe Dunman - summer - 2018

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, where he lives with his wife Sarah and dog Doug. (More Info)

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

Program Dates:
July 6 - August 5, 2018

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Political Science , Legal Studies

Course Description:
British common law traditions and the British legal system have influenced the American judicial system. Through field trips to various British legal sites, including where the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede, where an original copy of the Magna Carta now remains at the British Library, and observing a criminal procedure at Old Bailey, students will develop an understanding as to how the British common law system originated and evolved to impact other common law models around the world.


Physical Activity Requirements:
At least five miles of walking per day and tons of patience.

Course Highlights:
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