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295.6J sec. 001 - Domestic Violence Field Placement (Spring 2022)
Instructor: Nancy K.D. Lemon (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2 - 4
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Course End: April 26, 2022
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/21 11:58 PM
In these two connected courses (295.5J and 283Q) students work on real cases at field placements. Students usually are able to enroll in the placement they most desire. The course has a co-requisite class taught by Nancy Lemon (283Q), which fulfills the Professional Responsibility requirement for graduation.
In this course, 295.5J, students may choose a placement at one of various legal agencies in the Bay Area. Options include restraining orders, family law, appellate work, public benefits, immigration, asylum, employment issues, housing issues, prosecution of batterers, and possibly criminal defense. Students may intern with a family law or criminal court judge. They may also work on policy matters, including perhaps working on amicus briefs.
At the placements, students may interview clients, draft restraining orders, memoranda, and motions, represent clients at hearings, argue motions, and research policy issues. They may attend meetings with attorneys, government officials, judges and legislators. At some placements, students are focused on research and writing, rather than direct client contact.
Both parts of the course are open to graduate students in public policy or social welfare as well as law.
Students may enroll in 295.6J (placement component) more than once.
It is recommended but not required that students first take Domestic Violence Law, 282.1, offered by Ms. Lemon each fall semester.
Nancy K. D. Lemon (Berkeley Law JD 1980) has been a leading authority on domestic violence law for over three decades. A practicing attorney, she has also provided expert testimony in many types of cases. She has worked to craft many pieces of California legislation affecting survivors of domestic violence and their children. Since 1988, Professor Lemon has taught Domestic Violence Law and the Domestic Violence Field Placement at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. She authored the first textbook on Domestic Violence Law in 1996, now in its 6th edition. In 2012, she co-founded the Family Violence Appellate Project, where she is the Legal Director.
Law 282.1, Domestic Violence Law, is recommended but not required.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Field Placements
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest
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