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Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice (Carr/Freedman)
Fall 2019   LAW 921-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142

Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
100% Other (Class participation counts toward grading, along with semester paper, and assignments. Class attendance is mandatory.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

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:

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This three-credit course will meet weekly to examine the many strategies and tools available to lawyers who want to use the law to further social justice. We will discuss how lawyers can strategically achieve broad based change to policies, practices, law and social culture. Through academic and legal practice readings, film, guest speakers, and class exercises, we will examine how successful public and private lawyers identify, analyze, and develop effective lawyering strategies aimed at advancing systemic solutions to problems that adversely impact individuals, organizations, communities or the rule of law. We will employ case studies to understand how social change initiatives can succeed through visionary leadership and effective lawyering in collaboration with stakeholders and other disciplines. We will explore the role that media, messaging, and data can play together with varied lawyering methods in making social and legal change. We will assess elements of differently labelled lawyering approaches, such as community lawyering and rebellious lawyering, as well as ethical considerations that apply in this special arena.

Class attendance is mandatory and class participation counts in grading. There is no final examination. Students will submit a final paper on an approved topic, as determined by the faculty in consultation with each student.

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.

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.