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287 sec. 001 - Disability Rights (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Arlene Mayerson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Silvia Yee  
Instructor: Elizabeth Zirker  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 130
From August 22, 2023
To November 21, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 21, 2023
Class Number: 32200

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 20
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 28
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

This course covers disability history, the core principles of disability nondiscrimination, disability rights practice, and the role of disability rights in the social issues of our time, including technology, immigration, police and prison reform, data collection in the context of public health, including vaccine distribution and healthcare rationing, and burgeoning intersectional legal issues. Classes explore disability rights in employment, housing, education (including special education), technology, international law, community life, healthcare, government programs, emergency planning and inclusion, and private businesses.

We intend to foster vigorous engagement with the materials and with one another throughout the course. Individual thought and preparation, as well as mutual discussion and study, are the tools that allow us to discern together the multiple long standing barriers to full social, economic, civic, and legal engagement to which civil rights laws and policies are a response.

The course is an OPTION 1 CLASS that requires the completion of a 15-page research paper on a mutually agreed topic, and grading will also be based in significant part on attendance and participation which can include oral presentation, classroom discussions, and short writing assignments throughout the class.

Instructors are Arlene Mayerson, Founding Directing Attorney Emeritus of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Silvia Yee, Senior Attorney of Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Elizabeth Zirker, a Managing Attorney with Disability Rights California. Guest speakers will include renowned scholars and practitioners.

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.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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