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226.8A sec. 001 - Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Property Rights and Economic Liberty Practicum (Fall 2020)

Instructor: John Groen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1 - 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

Course Start: August 17, 2020
Course End: November 24, 2020

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 3
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 5
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course is offered in conjunction with the seminar Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Property Rights and Economic Liberty (Law 226.8).

Students interested in the practicum must enroll in the companion seminar, Law 226.8 sec. 1(Seminar) during their enrollment and should attend the first day of the seminar. At the first session of the seminar, the cases and issues available for the practicum will be presented to the students for their consideration. The instructor will provide the class number to those students interested in enrolling the practicum. At the conclusion of the seminar class, interested students will then begin the practicum.

Students enrolled in this practicum will work with attorneys at the Pacific Legal Foundation on current cases involving strategic constitutional litigation. Using modern communications technology, students will join a case litigation team to gain experience with actual cases pending before the Supreme Court of the United States, or other appellate courts, on matters related to property rights and economic liberty, and particularly the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Free speech or equal protection cases may also be available for practicum depending on student interest and litigation schedules. Along with substantive legal doctrines, students will gain experience on best practices for client and issue selection, the basics of civil rights litigation, effective brief writing for public interest litigation, the role of amicus curiae briefs, and integrating media and public outreach with litigation strategy.

The instructor, John Groen, will coordinate the practicum and teach the associated seminar. This practicum was first offered in Fall, 2018, and students had a variety of experiences with most working directly on cases and briefs pending before the Supreme Court. Similar opportunities are expected for Fall, 2020.

To enroll in the practicum, students must also enroll in the associated seminar, Law 226.8 sec.1, Strategic Constitutional Litigation in Property Rights and Economic Liberty.

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: Public Law and Policy
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