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286.65 sec. 001 - Criminalizing Race and Poverty: Carceral Capitalism and the Enduring Consequences of Court Ordered Debt (Spring 2023)

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


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 136
From January 09, 2023
To March 06, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: March 06, 2023
Class Number: 32611
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 8
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 14
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This class will explore court-ordered fines, fees, municipal debt, and other monetary sanctions and our reliance as a society on revenues derived from traffic tickets, municipal debt, and misdemeanors. At the end of the seminar students will have a basic understanding of several schemes of fines and fees, specifically: a broad overview of different types of criminal court fees, parking tickets, traffic and infraction tickets, and child support and develop a basic understanding of the various ways fines and fees impact marginalized communities, particularly low-income Black and Brown communities. We will explore the ways in which race impacts the likelihood of being assessed fines and fees and appreciate the ways in which economic insecurity exacerbates other systemic inequalities. Students will use this framework to explore how best to advocate for their clients using clients’ lived experience and stories.

Candy Michelle Smallwood is a Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor in the Decriminalization of Poverty practice at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Candy, a woman of color who grew up in public housing in San Francisco experienced first-hand how low-income communities, particularly Black and Brown communities, are marginalized and disenfranchised. Prior to working at EBCLC, Candy worked with public housing residents in San Francisco and with unhoused communities in California, Oregon, and Colorado.

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:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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