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273.72 sec. 001 - Environmental Justice and Advocacy in California (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Sabrina D Ashjian  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
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From August 24, 2022
To October 05, 2022

Course Start: August 24, 2022
Course End: October 05, 2022
Class Number: 32755

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

This course will examine the meaning of environmental justice and how to achieve environmental equity. It will look at disproportionate impacts on vulnerable communities in California, which are often low income and communities of color. The course will go into depth on key advocacy tools that can be utilized to make social change, including, but not limited to legislative & policy, capacity & coalition-building, and public participation. The course will spend a couple of sessions on state and local legislative processes. Students will hear from speakers operating in these spaces, from state and local elected officials, grassroots activists, and community-based organization outreach & engagement specialists. The class will cover community-centered lawyering skills and best practices in working on issues with these communities. Students will write periodic short response papers to some of the topics covered. This course will be one credit and will be held during the first seven weeks of the semester.

Sabrina Ashjian is a Clinical Supervising Attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic. She has extensive experience in government and non-profit sectors, with a focus on regulatory law and legislative policy. She served as California Cannabis Control Appeals Panel Chairperson, after being appointed by Governor Brown. She was the California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to that she was a public defender and environmental crimes & consumer fraud prosecutor. She serves on numerous non-profit boards in the spaces of women's advancement, access to justice, and environmental protection.

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: Environmental and Energy Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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