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285.6 sec. 1 - Social Justice Skills & Practice Issues (Spring 2011)
"Real World Issues for Public Interest Litigators and Advocates"
Instructor: Stephen A. Rosenbaum (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: M 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 134
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51172
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 51170
This course is a seminar for students who want to explore a social justice/public interest, public sector or plaintiffs-side practice. Through the use of simulated exercises, you will become familiar with such civil pre-trial litigation skills as interviewing, complaint drafting and propounding and responding to discovery requests. You will also learn about non-traditional skills in the areas of media relations, legislative and administrative lobbying and community education and organizing. And, you will discuss related ethical and policy issues. This is not a course in any particular substantive area of law. In lieu of a final exam or paper, there will be a series of short written assignments and in-class oral exercises. The course reader includes commentary by legal scholars and practitioners, community organizers and journalists; news articles and features; excerpts from practice manuals; rules of court; and statutes.
The instructor (Steve Rosenbaum) is an experienced civil rights and legal services practitioner who has taught at BerkeleyLaw since 1988. See Faculty Profiles/Adjunct Faculty for more details.
A prior course in Evidence, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts and/or Civil Rights Law is helpful, but not essential. If possible, students are encouraged to take L 285.63 (Law & Social Justice) before taking this course.
This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.