Date Submitted: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:50:09 GMT

LAW 1485 v00 : Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, and Law

Last edit: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:33:49 GMT

Druthers submitted by: kap38
Fall 2020
JD Adjunct
UserID Name Email
kap38 Porcaro, Keith
jrt87 Tashea, Jason
LAW 1485 v00: Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, and Law
Criminal Justice Technology, Policy, and Law
W 1:20-3:20p
Special Requirement


Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Students may not concurrently enroll in this course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this course and an externship.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email the Office of the Registrar ( to request admission.

This course is suitable for evening students; project work does not need to be completed during business hours.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits will be awarded for approximately 10 hours of supervised project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Both the seminar portion and the project work will be graded.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

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Personal Information


Keith Porcaro is a lawyer and technologist. His work focuses on the formation of legal norms in a digitizing society. Professor Porcaro is the co-founder of Digital Public, which uses trusts to help communities protect and govern digital assets. Professor Porcaro is also a technology consultant for nonprofits and legal aid organizations. He is an affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and Duke's Center on Law and Technology

Previously, Professor Porcaro was CTO/General Counsel at SIMLab, where he helped governments, legal aid organizations, and other nonprofits use technology to make services more accessible.

Professor Porcaro has a JD from Duke Law School and a BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is licensed to practice law in California.

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