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290A sec. 001 - Policy Advocacy Clinic Seminar (Spring 2020)

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: 2

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


    W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 134
    From January 15, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 15, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 31541

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 3
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 9
As of: 06/16 11:02 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 end the regressive and racially discriminatory impact of fines, fees and bail on people in the juvenile and criminal legal systems. A multi-year project to abolish 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 (impacted people, 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.

Returning students may serve as senior advisors on each team. There are no prerequisites, though prior experience working with low income clients and communities may be taken into consideration.

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.

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.

Admission is by permission of the instructors. Law 295.5P is a co-requisite.

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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