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Community Lawyering Seminar: Dismantling Structural Racism and Creating Social Change
Professors Browne-Dianis, Freeman, and Hailes
J.D. Seminar 102 | 2 credit hours
This seminar explores how a multi-faceted, “community lawyering” approach to civil rights advocacy can be used to address entrenched racial and social injustice. Community lawyers have returned to the best traditions of civil rights practice by working hand-in-hand with communities to forge positive change and improve the lives of people of color and the poor. In this course, we will cover the theory of this innovative approach, but will put particular emphasis on the acquisition and application of the skills and techniques these lawyers use to solve the problems faced by the communities they serve. Among the strategies students will explore are policy reform, working with community organizers, coalition building, and the use of media, messaging, and other communications tools. Students will examine these techniques at work in core areas of contemporary racial justice work, such as democratic participation, immigrants’ rights, education, community development, and the many issues surrounding the Post-Katrina Gulf Coast.
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights & Liberties.
THIS IS AN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING COURSE.