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287 sec. 001 - Disability Rights (Fall 2021)

Instructor: Arlene Mayerson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Silvia Yee  
Instructor: Elizabeth Zirker  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 240
From August 17, 2021
To November 19, 2021

Course Start: August 17, 2021
Course End: November 19, 2021
Class Number: 31929

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 01/25 05:06 PM

This course covers disability history, the core principles of disability nondiscrimination, disability rights practice, and the role of disability rights in the social issues of our time, including technology, immigration, police and prison reform, data collection in the context of public health, including vaccine distribution and healthcare rationing, and burgeoning intersectional legal issues. Classes explore disability rights in employment, housing, education (including special education), technology, international law, community life, healthcare, government programs, emergency planning and inclusion, and private businesses.

We intend to foster vigorous engagement with the materials and with one another throughout the course. Individual thought and preparation, as well as mutual discussion and study, are the tools that allow us to discern together the multiple long standing barriers to full social, economic, civic, and legal engagement to which civil rights laws and policies are a response.

The course is an OPTION 1 CLASS that requires the completion of a 15-page research paper on a mutually agreed topic, and grading will also be based in significant part on attendance and participation through an oral presentation classroom discussions and short writing assignments throughout the class.

Instructors are Arlene Mayerson, Founding Directing Attorney Emeritus of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Silvia Yee, Senior Attorney of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Elizabeth Zirker, a Managing Attorney with Disability Rights California. Guest speakers will include renowned scholars and practitioners.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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