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286.65 sec. 001 - Criminalizing Race and Poverty: The Enduring Consequences of Court Ordered Debt (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Brandon Greene  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Theresa Zhen  
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Units: 1


    Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 170
    From January 10, 2019
    To February 21, 2019

Course Start: January 10, 2019
Course End: February 21, 2019
Class Number (1Ls): 31701
Class Number: 31701

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

This one-unit seminar will explore the multitudes of ways in which the criminal justice system has turned a profit on the backs of people accused of and convicted of crimes, from convicting leasing, to chain gangs, to the rise of our reliance as a society on revenues derived from traffic tickets and misdemeanors. The seminar will introduce students to both the subject area and to stakeholders and advocates that practice in the field”e.g., attorneys, public defenders, judges, court personnel, and other parties. Writing assignments will include reflections on our readings and crafting creative legal arguments and legislative solutions to the problems presented.

Brandon L. Greene is an attorney and clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center where he focuses on decriminalization of poverty. He is also a graduate of Boston University Law School where he was a Public Interest Scholar and Martin Luther King Social Justice Fellow. In addition to his work at the East Bay Community Law Center, Brandon is an Abundant Leadership Fellow with the Justice Collective and a Movement Lawyering Fellow with Law for Black Lives.

Theresa joined EBCLC’s Clean Slate Practice in 2016. Prior to joining EBCLC, Theresa was a Skadden Fellow at A New Way of Life Reentry Project in South Central Los Angeles, where she directed a Fines and Fees Project focused on traffic court debt and driver’s license suspensions. Theresa is a graduate of UCLA Law School’s David J. Epstein Public Interest Law and Policy Program and the Critical Race Studies Program. While in law school, she interned for the Federal Defenders of the Central District of California, the Bronx Defenders, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. Prior to law school, she worked at a civil rights law firm representing individuals who had been wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not commit. She is committed to pursuing economic justice for people leaving prisons and jails and creating opportunities for people who are rebuilding their lives after involvement with the criminal justice system.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P+) Course requires a series of papers.
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Race and Law

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