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226.1T sec. 001 - Local Government Law (Spring 2023)

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


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 115
From January 12, 2023
To April 20, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: April 20, 2023
Class Number: 32599

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 22
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

Local government entities provide essential services and shape much of our contemporary daily life. In this course we will study the source, scope, and limits of local government power—specifically the law that governs counties, cities, and special districts. We will examine federalism, government formation, governmental liability, zoning, educational equity, and public finance. We will examine the relationship between states and local entities, conflicts between neighboring public entities, the relationship between local government and the individuals and communities both within and around these entities. We will discuss the capacity for local governments to engage constituents and neighbors and to be responsive democratic communities, as well as the impact of local governments on the regional metropolitan political economy.

Using the casebook Local Government Law by Frug, Ford and Barron, and related readings from planning and public policy literature, this course will examine the social-equitable impact of this body of law—specifically addressing themes of race, gender, and class to understand how local governance is both structured and experienced. Students will write a 12-15 page paper.

About the instructor: Eric Casher is a Principal at Meyers Nave and former Chair of the firm's Public Law Practice Group and Diversity Committee. Eric currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Pinole, and General Counsel for the East Bay Dischargers Authority. Eric was California Attorney General Kamala Harris' appointee to the California Fair Political Practices Commission where he served a four-year term. Eric is a Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the California Minority Counsel Program, and former President of the Charles Houston Bar Association and California ChangeLawyers. Eric is an active member of the League of California Cities having served on the League's Legal Advocacy Committee, FPPC Subcommittee, and Advancing Equity Advisory Committee. Eric is a graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, and UC Berkeley undergrad.

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

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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A reader will be used in this class.

Required Books are in blue

  • Local Government Law, Cases and Materials
    Frug, Ford, and Barron
    Edition: 7th Edition
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9781684673384
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $263.00
    Price Source: user provided

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