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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ouziel on Public Corruption

Lauren M. Ouziel (Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law) has posted The Regulatory Challenge of Public Corruption (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 108, No. 3, 2018) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This review of Public Corruption and the Law: Cases and Materials, by David Hoffman and Juliet Sorensen, identifies a core problem both in the judicial regulation of public corruption and the way it is taught in law schools: a siloed approach. But the different faces of domestic public corruption – quid-pro-quo corruption of public officials and the corruption of democratic structures through campaign finance abuses, patronage and gerrymandering – are part of an interconnected system, in which reduction or enlargement of one has cascading effects on the others. This presents a regulatory challenge. If we are to meet that challenge we must first enable our future civic leaders to recognize it, beginning by teaching the law of public corruption as a stand-alone course. Yet a review of law schools’ curricula reveals that few law schools do. Hoffman and Sorensen’s book is an invitation to change that one – that we as educators should readily accept.

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