242.31 sec. 001 - The Court of Public Opinion: Advocacy Outside of the Courtroom (Fall 2023)
Instructor: Gregory Washington
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 141
From August 22, 2023
To November 21, 2023
Course End: November 21, 2023
Class Number: 32137
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 09/25 07:12 AM
There is an entire world of public discussion and discourse happening outside of the courtroom that often goes untouched during the law school curriculum. For every Thurgood Marshall, there is a Martin Luther King, Jr. For every Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there is a Tarana Burke. And for every landmark decision like Brown v. Board of Education, there is landmark legislation like the Voting Rights Act. Being an advocate sometimes means persuading people outside of the courtroom.
This course harnesses three different components of public discourse: legislative advocacy, media advocacy, and movement advocacy. In each area, you’ll be tasked with using your legal training to advocate for the policy change of your choosing. In the legislative advocacy section, you will research issue areas, develop talking points, and present as a witness in a mock legislative hearing. In the media advocacy section, you will write an opinion piece on an issue and then have a primetime-news style debate. And at the end, you will take your skills and experiences to develop a nonprofit focused on tackling an issue of your choice before you pitch that new organization to fundraisers looking to invest in social change.
Moving the ball forward on social issues is something that is happening all around us and lawyers are uniquely equipped to be advocates in the public arena. This class is about teaching you how to shape public discourse with the skills you’ve developed in law school.
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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