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284.43 sec. 001 - Radical Lawyering: Legal Work in Working-Class Struggle (Spring 2024)

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


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 111
From January 11, 2024
To February 22, 2024

Course Start: January 11, 2024
Course End: February 22, 2024
Class Number: 33528
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 04/17 02:36 PM

Students will assess how legal workers develop both theory & praxis for lawyering in service of movements for transformative change. They will examine the core analysis upon which anti-capitalist, working-class movements are based and interrogate the limits that lawyers in social justice movements encounter when engaging that analysis in legal work that can be largely structurally determined. Through a combination of readings, guest lectures, and discussions, students will gain a deeper understanding of the movement landscape. Students will also learn how legal workers adapt legal strategies to serve movement objectives and develop creative interventions beyond their prescribed legal tools to become genuine protagonists of transformative change. Students will submit four short written reflections throughout the seven weeks applying the learnings from the class to a specific current working-class movement.

Instructor Bio:
Jay Kim is the Co-Deputy Director at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Jay joined EBCLC in 2020 with over twelve years of community lawyering and nonprofit management experience. As a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Common Law, a non-profit organization in New York City that supported community organizing efforts through legal education and legal assistance, Jay defended organized street vendors against excessive fines and administrative violations; represented low-income tenants in the Lower East Side fighting eviction and gentrification; and also created a foreclosure defense legal clinic for pro se homeowners. Prior to joining EBCLC, Jay served as the Executive Director of the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the largest NLG chapter in the country.

Guest lecturer bio:
Thomas Mariadason is the Director of the Center for Political Education, a resource for political organizations on the left, progressive social movements, the working class and people of color. Thomas has previously served as the Deputy Director of Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Program Director of the Justice Project at the Advancement Project, and Staff Attorney at Juvenile Law Center.

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. Race and Law Requirement.

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

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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