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LAW 1354 v00 : Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System

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kh897 Hamann, Kristine
par60 Riley, Patricia
LAW 1354 v00: Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System
Best Practices for Justice: Prosecutors Working to Improve the Criminal Justice System
Th 10:00a-12:00p
Special Requirement


J.D. 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).


A course in criminal law is recommended, but not required.

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

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email Louis Fine ( to request admission.

This course may be suitable for evening students who can commit to attending class and undertaking 10 hours/week of project work. Much of the project work may be done outside of 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 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 A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.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.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

Does this course qualify as a "simulation course"?

Is this course available to distance students?

Is this a mandatory Pass-Fail course?


Personal Information

Patricia Riley is an Assistant United States Attorney who has worked on policy, legislation, sentencing, jury instructions, ethics and professional responsibility and special projects for the past 17 years. Prior to that, she was Chief of the Sex Offense Section and a trial and appellate attorney. Among the issues she has worked on are eyewitness identification, DNA, electronic recording of defendant’s statements, the forensic services laboratory, GPS and other electronic devices, conviction integrity, re-entry, sex offender registration, juvenile justice, victims’ rights, and victims’ compensation.

Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, she was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier in her career, she worked on the Hill and in the non-profit community. She is a founder of Safe Shores, the Children’s Advocacy Center for the District of Columbia, and the Lawyer Assistance Program of the D.C. Bar. She is a recipient of many awards including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association’s Harold Sullivan Award and the Bar’s Beatrice Rosenberg Award.

Professor Riley graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and from Alfred University.
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