White Collar Crime

The course examines a number of topics falling under the broad rubric “white collar crime.”  The term generally refers to economic or political crimes, often distinguished by the involvement of a corporation or other business entity, or by an individual’s abuse of a position of authority or trust.  In addition to examining substantive areas of law including conspiracy, various species of fraud (wire, mail, securities), racketeering, bribery and money laundering, we will cover some procedural and practice issues—including grand jury practices, discovery, immunity, privileges, cooperation agreements, plea bargaining, sentencing, and the relationship between parallel civil and criminal proceedings.  Special attention will be paid to the complications introduced by entity liability, and to the unique challenges it poses for defense counsel and opportunities it gives to prosecutors.  While much white collar criminal practice is federal, we will also notice the role of state and local law enforcement entities.  Finally, the quasi-criminal law of economic sanctions and asset forfeiture will be discussed.


Credits: 3