290A sec. 001 - Policy Advocacy Clinic Seminar (Fall 2019)
Instructor: Stephanie Campos-Bui (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Instructor: Devan Shea
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- W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 130
From August 21, 2019
To November 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32357
Enroll Limit: 10
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM
In the Policy Advocacy Clinic, interdisciplinary teams of law and public policy students pursue non-litigation strategies to address systemic racial, economic and social injustice. The clinic’s approach is bottom-up (grounded in the lives of real people), problem-based (addressing pressing social issues) and client-driven (accountable to advocacy organizations). Students support local and state change campaigns while exploring the capacities and limits of lawyers to influence law and public policy.
Current projects include state and national efforts to reduce the harmful and racially discriminatory impact of fines, fees and bail on low-income people in the criminal justice system, with a special emphasis on the interests of youth, families and people experiencing homelessness. A multi-year project to address juvenile fees in other states may require clinic-funded travel outside of California.
In the clinic, students learn substantive law and policy skills. They interview clients and experts, conduct legal and social science research and analysis, consult stakeholders (community members, policy and advocacy organizations, public officials, academics) and participate in reform campaigns.
On behalf of clients and partners, students complete written assignments, including: draft legislation, rules and policies; internal work product for clients; and external work product for public dissemination, such as fact sheets, public comments, policy briefs, research reports, practice manuals and know your rights materials.
Students will also hone their oral advocacy skills by preparing, mooting and delivering testimony and public comment to a variety of audiences, including city councils, county boards of supervisors, regulatory bodies and state legislatures.
Because of project demands, first-time clinic students may not enroll concurrently in another clinic or field placement. Enrollment in the seminar (2 units) and clinic (4-9 units) is by permission of the instructors.
The clinic (Law 295.5P) is a co-requisite. There are no prerequisites, though prior experience working with low income clients and communities may be taken into consideration.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Clinics
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest
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