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287.51 sec. 001 - Housing Litigation and Policy (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Michael Robert Bracamontes  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Meeting:

W 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Law 10
From January 10, 2024
To April 17, 2024

Course Start: January 10, 2024
Course End: April 17, 2024
Class Number: 32737

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/20 11:56 PM


Housing litigation covers everything from anoxic brain injuries due to carbon monoxide poisoning, a class action case against a slum lord or large corporation, a federal civil rights case seeking an injunction prohibiting the displacement of unhoused people on public property, to the more basic, but not less important, defense of an unlawful detainer or eviction lawsuit. We will study the various types of lawsuits referenced above, the strategies involved in successfully navigating each type of case, and how even individual cases can be used to leverage broad impact in a community.

By the end of this course, students will understand the anatomy of various types of civil lawsuits, obtain practical issue spotting skills that will be applicable in real-world scenarios, and will know the historical development of how housing laws were used to create racial and social inequities that persist today.

Course requirements include a final exam. Additionally, for each class session, two students will be provided moving and opposing papers from actual motions that were filed in superior court and given the chance to argue a side. The course is a chance to develop writing, litigation, and public speaking skills, all while learning about a field of law that has helped shape the boundaries of wealth, inequality, and justice in this country.

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Units from this class count towards the J.D. Race and Law Requirement.

The Race and Law Requirement applies to the class of 2026 and beyond.


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Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 2 hours
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Litigation and Procedure
Race and Law

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