Curriculum Guide · Curriculum
Family Law II: Parent, Child, and the State examines the distribution of authority and responsibility among parent, child, and the state. Selected topics include procreation, education, health care, treatment of disabled infants, child abuse and neglect, emancipation, and adoption. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II is recommended for students taking Family Law II.
Professor Regan's four-credit course, Family Law, covers material that is included in both Family Law I and Family Law II. The first half of the course deals with the law's regulation of the intimate relationships of adults. The second half of the course deals with the rights and obligations involved in the parent-child relationship.
Sexual Orientation and the Law: Selected Topics in Civil Rights explores the legal treatment of sexual orientation. This course explores the life experiences of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals, and examines how the legal system regulates: sexuality, particularly through sodomy laws; expressions of lesbian and gay identity; workplace issues; and personal and family relationships, including marriage, domestic partnerships, and parenthood. Readings from various areas of the law are examined and supplemented by material from history, fiction, psychology, sociology, feminist theory, oral history, and journalism.
Professors Chused and Williams teach a seminar on Gender and the Law in American History, which focuses on the legal and cultural status of women in American history. Topics covered include the Constitutional status of women; the suffrage, temperance, and anti-lynching movements; the institution of marriage; law and reproduction; the legal status of non-white women; and protective labor legislation. Substantial original historical research papers are required.
Professor Sabatino's Elder Law Seminar explores the demographics, public perceptions, special legal problems, and public policy issues affecting older persons within the justice system. Topics include those relating to income maintenance, health care, estate and personal planning, age discrimination in employment, and ethical issues in representing the elderly.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic offers students an opportunity to provide legal representation to children involved in criminal cases before the District of Columbia Superior Court, Family Division. Students are involved in developing interviewing and negotiation techniques, legal research and writing, and in-court advocacy skills.
The Domestic Violence Clinic provides students with the opportunity to represent victims of domestic violence seeking legal protection from abuse. Students bring actions to obtain injunctive relief in the form of civil protection orders, and may also be involved in filing contempt motions against abusers who violate such an order. The seminar also presents students with the substantive and procedural law relevant to their cases, including the local domestic violence statute, criminal law, family law, evidence, and procedural rules.
Related J.D. Courses
Law and Social Policy
Full-time and Visiting Faculty:
Domestic Violence Clinic
Juvenile Justice Clinic
Family Law I: Marriage and Divorce
Family Law II: Child, Parent, and the State
Family Law: A Domestic Violence Perspective
Sexual Orientation and the Law: Selected Topics in Civil Rights
Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law
Comparative Reproductive Technologies and "Reproductive Tourism"
Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia
Aging and Law Seminar
Child Abuse and Neglect Law Seminar
Religious Liberty and the Contemporary Family Seminar: Legal and Literary Perspectives
Sexuality, Gender and the Law Seminar
The Constitutional Family: Rights, Responsibilities, and Family Relationships