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Visual Legal Advocacy (Austin)
Fall 2014   LAW 979-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 52

Regina Austin

William A. Schnader Professor of Law
Additional Information

Course Concentrations
Criminal Law and Procedure
Perspectives on the Law

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement




Visual Legal Advocacy will introduce students to the art of making short nonfiction advocacy films on behalf of actual individual clients and/or groups devoted to the advancement of the cause of social justice. Instruction will track the steps in the production of a nonfiction or documentary film, starting with pre-production planning (including writing treatments and shooting scripts, budgeting, and scheduling), going on to the rudiments of production (including introductions to camera, lighting, and sound equipment), and concluding with post-production (including making paper edits and an introduction to editing). Participants will be divided into several working groups that will be responsible for the production of a short piece of visual legal advocacy, most likely a video clemency petition made on behalf of a formerly incarcerated person whose employment opportunities are limited by her/his criminal record or a victim impact statement made on behalf of a person harmed or injured by Philadelphia's gun violence.


"Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism " by Sam Gregory et al
Edition: 2005
Publisher: Pluto Press in WITNESS
ISBN: 0745324126