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Advocacy for Racial & Civil Justice Clinic (McClellan/Grote)

Spring 2024   LAW 671-001  

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Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Other (100% Other (Class participation counts toward grading, along with all clinical work, written assignments, and overall teamwork/collaboration with others.))

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
MW 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Tanenbaum Hall 320

Category
Clinics/Externships

Credits
7.0

The ARC Justice Clinic, the Law School’s newest in-house clinic, provides legal support to community members in the Philadelphia region organizing to address systemic racial justice problems in areas including education equity, health justice, economic justice, and ending overpolicing & mass incarceration. Students will represent clients in litigation and administrative complaints at the trial and appellate level under the direct supervision of Professor McClellan. Students will also learn to work with partners to develop an integrated advocacy strategy that incorporates organizing, policy advocacy, strategic impact litigation, and communications. Read more here: https://www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/arc/ In addition to fieldwork, the clinic will include a bi-weekly seminar that will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:50pm. The seminar will cover the substantive law at issue in their casework, foundational litigation skills, theory of movement lawyering, and ethical considerations important to social justice advocacy. Students have the opportunity to read about and reflect on historical and contemporary strategies for achieving racial justice. Students will also participate in case rounds, simulations, and other legal practice skills trainings. The ARC Justice Clinic is located in Silverman Hall which includes client interview and conference rooms (equipped with video recording equipment), and computerized student work and research areas. Fieldwork and classroom components of the course are graded separately. Class attendance is mandatory. Recommended courses: -Access to Justice -Antidiscrimination -Constitutional Criminal Procedure -Community Lawyering to End Mass Incarceration -Constitutional Litigation -Discrimination in Education -Disability Law -Employment Discrimination -Equity & Justice Lab -Law, Race & Communication Theory -Law, Technology & Access to Justice -Leading Social Change -Litigating Civil Rights Cases -Negotiations Boot Camp -Privacy & Racial Justice PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTION PAGE. You may not enroll in this course if: a) you are enrolled in another clinical course, or an externship in the same semester; or b) you are responsible for 1 or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester without express permission from the Clinic Director. You must appear at the first meeting of the course, or you may be automatically dropped from the course (unless you have advance permission from the instructor).

PLEASE NOTE: the clinic is not just a class, it’s a professional commitment to clients, peers, and faculty. If you are enrolled in a clinic you will have until Nov. 27, 2023, at 5pm to confirm and commit to your seat. Additional instructions will be provided via email after you are enrolled. Once you do confirm and commit, you will be fully enrolled in the clinic and may not drop without permission from the instructor and Dean of Students. Students who elect to use their enrollment in the ARC Justice Clinic toward their public service requirement will receive one less credit for this course.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.