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Professor Melanie Reid. Photo: Lincoln Memorial University
A "Fulbright" guest professor will teach courses on criminal law and procedure
Madara Marija Ose, PR Officer of the Faculty of Law

Thanks to a successful cooperation with the United States of America Embassy in Latvia and the support of the "Fulbright Scholar Program" an American Professor will teach at the University of Latvia this Spring. Professor Melanie Reid has developed courses in criminal law and procedure; alumni and other interested are also welcome to enroll.

Melanie Reid is the Associate Dean at the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Duncan School of Law and a Professor of Law. Prior to joining LMU, Professor Reid was a trial attorney in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. She is a former law clerk for Judge Charles Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a member of the Florida Bar.

At LMU Reid teaches criminal procedure, criminal practice, federal criminal law, torts, national security, conflict of laws and comparative law. She is widely published on fourth amendment privacy laws, comparative criminal procedure issues, marijuana, narcotics trafficking in West Africa and Mexico, the culture of mass incarceration, the impact of restitution on child pornography possession cases and law enforcement’s potential use of robots and drones. Reid has lectured on various topics including prosecuting international narcotics trafficking cases, proactive investigations, asset forfeiture, federal wiretap and conspiracy laws, discovery obligations and prudential searches, advanced trial advocacy and evidentiary foundations and evidentiary issues in international criminal cases. 

​The professor has developed courses ​"U.S. Interrogation and Criminal Homicide Law" and ​"Privacy, the Police, and U.S. Search and Seizure Law" that will be taught in English. Latvian students can register for the courses within their elective studies (part "C" or "B", according to the student's chosen field of studies). Alumni and other interested can register as Course Attendees.

U.S. Interrogation and Criminal Homicide Law

​3 ECTS (2 Latvian credit points)​​
Classes: Wednesdays 14:30-16:00, Auditorium 40, Raina Blvd. 19 (Faculty of Law)

This course will provide a study of the general principles, sources and purpose of criminal law, including the act requirement and mens rea requirement of the particular offense of criminal homicide. Students will focus on the methods and tools used during murder investigations, including crime scene management, interrogation methods, and defenses used by defense counsel at trial.

The course will cover substantive U.S. criminal laws and compare and contrast the scope and structure of these crimes, how they are handled differently, in the criminal justice systems both in the U.S. and Latvia. Criminal homicide in many forms affects both the U.S. and Latvia. Throughout the course, students will explore the scope and structure of state crimes of homicide and prosecution and defense strategies in state cases, including decision making before and after trials.

​​​Privacy, the Police, and U.S. Search and Seizure Law

​​3 ECTS (2 Latvian credit points)
Classes: ​​Thursdays 1​0​:30-12​:00, Auditorium 40, Raina Blvd. 19 (Faculty of Law)​

The aim of the course is to learn the foundations of U.S. criminal investigations arising under the Fourth Amendment. What privacy protections are provided to U.S. citizens, what is law enforcement entitled to do, and how do U.S. protections differ from those in the European Union and in countries in other regions? How does the common law tradition differ from civil (Roman law) countries? Students will analyze federal and state cases, statutes, and competing theories in a problem-oriented format in order to understand U.S. criminal procedure law through active learning.  Throughout the course, students will explore specific police investigative methods, what constitutes a “search,” arrests, stop and frisk, and seizures, and learn about how evidence is excluded if police abuse their powers.

​In case of additional questions please contact the Public Relations Officer of the UL Faculty​ of Law - Mrs. Madara Marija Ose (