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PAL 209 - Environmental Law

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PAL 101  

This course is an introduction to the Environmental Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution and it’s administrative agency the Department of Environmental Resources and its interactions with federal law and the Environmental Protection Agency. The student acquires; a working knowledge of how regulations insure compliance with laws requiring clean streams, sewage facilities, wetlands, water resources, air pollution control, solid waste management, hazardous sites cleanup, storage tanks and other spill prevention, mining regulation, oil and gas regulation and protections from radiation and other hazardous situations.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify Environmental legislation.
  2. Process all necessary paperwork to successfully prosecute any environmental law problem.
  3. Research any environmental law topic with successful results given competent attorney direction.
Listed Topics
  1. Exclusionary Rule
  2. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree
  3. Limits of Exclusionary Rule
  4. Harmless Error
  5. Fourth Amendment—Arrest
  6. Search and Seizure
  7. Warrants
  8. Warrant Execution
  9. Plain View Rule
  10. Administrative Inspection
  11. Border Searcher
  12. Wiretapping
  13. Sixth Amendment
  14. Fifth Amendment
  15. Miranda
  16. Pretrial Identification
  17. Remedy
  18. Pretrail Procedures
  19. Gerstein Hearings
  20. Pretrial Detention
  21. Grant Juries
  22. Speedy Trial Rules
  23. Defendant Competency
  24. Trial
  25. Right to Jury, Counsel
  26. Burdens/Tactics
  27. Pleas/Sentencing
  28. Legal Research
Reference Materials
Contemporary texts, software, and appropriate A-V materials.
Approved By: Kingsmore, John Date Approved: 01/13/1997

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