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234.9A sec. 001 - Election Law Practicum (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Mollie Lee  
Instructor: Raul Macias  
Instructor: Bertrall Ross  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 9
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

In the Election Law seminar and practicum, students will be working on cutting-edge voting rights projects in California through a collaboration with the ACLU of Northern California voting rights attorneys. In the seminar component, students will learn about election law and policy, with an emphasis on 1) California state and local elections and 2) how voting laws affect power and representation of historically marginalized communities. The seminar will expand upon topics covered in Election Law, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, and Administrative Law. These classes are not prerequisites for the seminar.

In the practicum, students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice by advocating for election law reform in the state legislature, evaluating recent voting rights reforms, developing toolkits for better implementation, monitoring elections, or engaging in litigation to enforce voting rights.

Students will join working groups focused on specific topics. Each working group will have 2-3 students and 1-2 supervising attorneys that will include staff from the ACLU and the co-seminar instructor, Bertrall Ross. Working groups will meet in person or by phone every other week. Students should e-mail assignment updates or written work product to supervising attorneys at least 24 hours in advance of each meeting. During working group meetings, students will present their work and supervising attorneys will give feedback, project updates, and new assignments. Potential topics for working group assignments will include districting and redistricting, voter registration, and election monitoring

The seminar will be 2 units and will meet one day a week for 110 minutes. The practicum will 2 experiential units and will require 8 hours of work per week that will be scheduled and arranged with the student's working group. Students must enroll in both.

This class will be enrollment by application. Please send to Bertrall Ross ( your resume and a 1-2 paragraph explanation of the reason why you would like to take the course that can include your interest in election law, any future career plans in the area broadly defined, desire for public interest litigation and advocacy experience, or interest in working with public interest lawyers. Applications are due on November 1, 2019.

The Election Law Seminar (Law 234.9) is a co-requisite.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Public Law and Policy

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