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282.1 sec. 001 - Domestic Violence & the Law: Past and Possible Future (Fall 2024)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person

Meeting:

M 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 130
From August 19, 2024
To December 02, 2024

Course Start: August 19, 2024
Course End: December 02, 2024
Class Number: 31724

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 07/18 08:03 AM


During their career, all attorneys will–knowingly or unknowingly–work with and/or represent someone victimized by or someone accused of domestic violence (or intimate partner violence). Since millions of people in the U.S. report being victimized by DV each year, the resulting legal needs are as diverse as our population. Further, the efficacy of legal systems to fairly combat DV in the U.S. is passionately debated today.

This course will examine the legal system's historic response to domestic violence as well as possible future trajectories. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this seminar will survey historical, psychological, and empirical materials as well as topics in criminal, family, tort, immigration, welfare, housing, employment, human rights, comparative international law, and constitutional law. We will explore how domestic violence laws disparately affect different groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of faith communities, and people who fall outside of the current normative family structures in the U.S. Ethical and policy issues will be explored throughout, and students will develop a trauma-centered and intersectional approach to issues at the intersection of law and gender asymmetries: race, immigration, incarceration, reproductive care, state’s rights, policing, restorative justice, and more.

This course is highly encouraged (though not required) for students interested in enrolling in the unique Domestic Violence Field Placement program in the Spring. https://www.law.berkeley.edu/experiential/domestic-violence-law-practicum/.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 5 hours
Course Category: Family Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Criminal Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Domestic Violence Law
    NANCY K.D. LEMON
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    ISBN: 9781636594583
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: To Be Determined

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