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270.2 sec. 1 - Environmental Justice Practice Project (Fall 2013)
Instructor: Michelle Wilde Anderson (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Juan Carlos Cancino (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: W 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 10
Course Start: August 21, 2013
Within the San Joaquin Valley's eight counties, there are over 220 low-income unincorporated communities that lack basic infrastructure (e.g., sidewalks, parks, streetlights) and reliable access to public services (e.g., public safety officials, healthy drinking water, wastewater disposal) for their nearly 500,000 residents. The Community Equity Initiative, a project of California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA), works to address and eliminate social, political, and environmental factors that negatively impact these communities.
The Environmental Justice Practice Project (EJPP) is a practice-oriented course that will provide students an opportunity to serve these high-poverty rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley using the tools of environmental justice, land use, and local government law. Students will build knowledge in these legal fields in the context of community-based lawyering.
The course will be co-taught in the fall of 2013 by Professors Anderson of Berkeley Law and Professor Cancino, a Staff Attorney at CRLA. Students will work in small groups on legal research and advocacy projects for client neighborhoods. Students will have work product deadlines during the semester, and they will present and reflect on their work at the conclusion of the term. The class will require a trip to the Central Valley, where students will interact with CEI clients and visit their neighborhoods.
* NOTE * In the Fall of 2013, the EJPP will function as a "lab class" that supports and enhances the course Environmental Justice, also taught during the fall by Professor Anderson. Simultaneous enrollment in Environmental Justice will be mandatory, unless students have already taken that course in law school or obtain permission of the instructors. (To take Environmental Justice, students need not take the EJPP. The EJPP will be offered for only up to 15 students.)
To enroll in the EJPP, please send an email to Professor Anderson at email@example.com with the subject line “EJPP application.” Attach your CV to the email, along with a one-paragraph statement of interest in the course. Indicate your intent to take Environmental Justice, or the basis for your request to waive that requirement.
Environmental Justice (see course description)
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
Exam Notes: P+
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Environmental Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Advocacy Skills Courses
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest
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