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Litigation for Social Change (Trujillo)
Fall 2017   LAW 944-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 270

Faculty
Kenneth I. Trujillo

Adjunct Professor of Law

ktrujill@pennlaw.upenn.edu
Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

In this course, we will explore how litigation has been used over the last several decades to effect social change, and how litigation may be used to effect such change in the future. We also will explore alternatives to litigation, and discuss when these alternatives may be preferable to litigation. The course will cover all manner of social issues, including those involving immigration, employment discrimination, gender, education, and more. We will examine the merits and pitfalls of various procedural tools, such as class actions, multidistrict litigation, settlements, and legislative solutions at the local, state, and national levels. At the end of the course, each student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation about a particular social change that he or she wishes to see in the world, and the manner in which he or she proposes to achieve it.

Course Concentrations
International and Comparative Law

  • Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally.
  • Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law.
  • Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.

Courts and the Judicial System
  • 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.

Perspectives on the Law
  • 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.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how equality, diversity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.