Faculty Profiles

Sherod Thaxton

Sherod Thaxton

Professor of Law
B.A. University of California, Davis, 1997
M.A. Emory University, 2000
J.D. University of Chicago Law School, 2008
Ph.D. Emory University, 2009
UCLA Faculty Since 2013

LAW 299 - Federal White Collar Crime

This course explores the theory and substance of federal white collar criminal law. Throughout the term, we visit the question of the proper role of the federal government in law enforcement, as well as the justifications for assertion of federal jurisdiction over certain acts when those acts are already targeted by state laws. Class time is devoted to public corruption, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and racketeering. In addition, we examine the manner in which federal sanctions can be employed against lawyers, banks, and corporations. Finally, time permitting, we review common federal criminal defenses, including entrapment and selective prosecution.