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242.32 sec. 001 - Legislative Drafting and Lobbying (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Andy Katz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 115
From January 10, 2022
To April 26, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: April 26, 2022
Class Number: 32576

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

Statutory law and agency regulations play a central role in the modern legal system. This seminar explores the problem-solving art of legislative drafting - its effect on the systemic implementation of societal change, the institutional processes of legislating, as well as essential technical drafting skills for clarity of effect. The course will review theories of statutory interpretation, administrative law, and separation of powers from the perspective of how to apply this knowledge when drafting legislation or regulation. Students will learn about the federal and state legislative process, focusing on experiential observation of active bills pending in the California State Legislature, and develop oral advocacy skills through participation in simulated legislative committee hearings. The instructor will work with students to identify a legislative or regulatory issue of interest, research and draft legislation and an accompanying memorandum, in either a simulation or clinical context working with a stakeholder group or legislative office. The course will involve guest speakers working in the legislative process, and is ideal for those planning to practice law to some degree in a legislative or regulatory environment.

Concurrent or prior enrollment in Legislation and Statutory Interpretation or equivalent background reading is recommended.

Andy Katz has lobbied on behalf of a lung health association before the California State Legislature, and administrative agencies regulating air quality, energy, and health care matters, and currently serves as a local government elected official. He also litigates on behalf of Plaintiffs in employment discrimination, whistleblower, wage theft, health and disability insurance, toxic injury, and consumer protection matters, and engages in legislative drafting and advocacy through attorney associations and environmental organizations.

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.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may be counted as either an Option 1 class (two Option 1 classes satisfy the J.D. writing requirement) or units from this class may count toward the J.D. Experiential Requirement. This class may count for both requirements if and only if a student is electing Option 1 and the student's other Option 1 class being used to satisfy the J.D. writing requirement is not being counted towards any other requirement.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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