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281.41 sec. 001 - Litigating Children's Civil Rights: The Immigration Crisis (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Leecia Welch  
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 25, 2021
To March 15, 2021

Course Start: January 25, 2021
Course End: March 15, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32186
Class Number: 32186

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 21
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This one-credit course will focus on the role of class action litigation as a tool to advance the civil rights of children, with a particular emphasis on the rights of immigrant children in federal custody. The course will introduce students to the complexities of children’s class action cases designed to reform state and federal child-serving systems. Students will gain an understanding of the issues that child advocates consider in shaping class action litigation, the laws that are relied upon to achieve reforms, typical challenges that are raised during litigation, and the complex factors that must be addressed in order to improve struggling systems once cases move from active litigation to implementation of a consent decree.

Leecia Welch is the Senior Director of Legal Advocacy and Child Welfare at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in Oakland. She specializes in class action litigation designed to improve the lives of children in state and federal foster care. She is currently class counsel in the Flores v. Barr and Lucas R. v. Azar cases, representing thousands of immigrant children in the federal custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. She is also class counsel for children in foster care in Missouri and Kansas. For three years, she was lead counsel on David C. v. Huntsman, a class action lawsuit in Utah that resulted in significant reforms of the foster care system. Leecia has also worked on successful damages cases and class action lawsuits in Nevada, Washington, and California. Prior to joining NCYL in 2004, Leecia was an associate in the litigation department at San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster LLP, and spent three years focusing her time nearly exclusively on Williams v. State of California, a class action that resulted in increased funding, oversight and resources for California’s public education system.

Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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

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