295.5P sec. 001 - Policy Advocacy Clinic (Fall 2019)
Instructor: Stephanie Campos-Bui (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Ahmed Lavalais
Instructor: Jeffrey Selbin (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Devan Shea
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Units: 4 - 10
Course End: November 26, 2019
Class Number: 32031
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 their capacities and limits to influence law and public policy.
Current projects include state and national efforts to reduce the harmful and racially discriminatory impact of fines and fees 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 involve 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 (impacted 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 clinic demands, first-time students may not enroll concurrently in another clinic or field placement. Enrollment in the seminar (2 units) and clinic (4-10 units) is by permission of the instructors.
The clinic seminar (Law 290A) is a co-requisite. There are no prerequisites, though prior experience working with low income clients and communities may be taken into consideration.
Work in the clinic may satisfy Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to satisfy Option 2, clinic students must complete a paper or series of written work that comprises 30 or more pages. Students who wish to satisfy the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their draft for comment and revision.
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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