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221.74 sec. 001 - Movement Lawyering from the Inside Out for 1Ls (Spring 2022)
Instructor: Savala Nolan (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Seema N. Patel
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 145
From January 10, 2022
To March 07, 2022
Course End: March 07, 2022
Class Number (1Ls): 32035
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM
Berkeley Law students can meet this challenging moment in U.S. history with skill and heart. The police killings of Black and brown people, environmental racism, vigilante violence against transgender people, threats to reproductive justice, economic injustice, and many other issues call on lawyers to support the resistance movements already happening in communities around the country. This is “movement lawyering”-- a modern way of lawyering that purposefully places attorneys in service of the grassroots communities already doing the work. Movement lawyering rejects the “top-down” approach that has historically put attorneys in leadership positions and ignored the knowledge, desires, and work of the people most impacted by an issue.
Successful movement lawyering is personal: it requires us to think critically about our identities so that we can connect with and be led by the communities we hope to serve. It requires that we examine how our privileges may bias us against these same communities, and how our identities can also be deep sources of empathy and kindness. This process often means identifying and beginning to unravel some of the “isms” we’ve internalized (racism, ableism, etc.). In this class, we’ll talk about race, class, nationality, (dis)ability, and more. We’ll meet prominent movement lawyers and activists and learn how they’ve explored, unpacked, challenged, and liberated themselves in order to help the communities they serve self-liberate, too. This course includes short readings, guest speakers, written reflections and discussion, and a 5-8 page final reflection paper.
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) may be dropped without notice. The instructor can 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 risk being dropped without notice.
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