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Civil Rights

Civil Law Clinic

Course Description:

Students take on a wide variety of civil matters pending in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases. The clinic’s cases represent a wide variety of areas of practice, from public interest and civil rights to consumer, personal …


Civil Procedure II

Course Description:

Civil Procedure II focuses on litigation from the perspective of the litigator. It addresses the litigation process from filing the initial complaint through appeal, with the exception of the actual conduct of trial itself. Using the federal courts as a model, this course critically examines how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure attempt to secure …


Civil Rights Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar surveys the history of civil rights laws and issues in part by exploring the development of constitutional doctrines such as anti-discrimination, color blindness, and anti-subordination.


Constitutional Litigation

Course Description:

Constitutional Litigation is a course in advanced and applied constitutional law.  It focuses on one of the central ways in which constitutional claims are litigated:  in lawsuits against public officials and local governments.  The bulk of the course looks at litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  We will consider topics such as what it means …


Critical Race Narratives

Course Description:

This team-taught course will focus on the relationship between narrative and law by using critical race theory to examine how race in America is a narrative of property and power. By reading a number of essayists and several novelists, we will explore such questions as: Who owns the narrative of slavery? Who can tell whose …


Critical Race Theory Seminar

Course Description:

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a dynamic and growing movement in the law, spirited by writers who challenge the prevailing racial orthodoxy and question comfortable liberal premises, in search of a new way of thinking about race and law. CRT begins with the insight that racism is a normal and ingrained feature of American society. …


Disability Discrimination

Course Description:

The seminar will emphasize the acquisition of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through traditional statutory and case law analysis. Students will complete a substantial written project on a topic covered by the ADA. Students can write a traditional seminar paper on a topic of their choice or work on a project to …


Education Law

Course Description:

This course will focus primarily on K-12 education wherein students examine myriad topics: school safety issues and related efforts to protect student privacy and freedom of expression, including combating threatening behavior, peer harassment, and peer mistreatment; the rights of educators, including teacher certification, tenure, dismissal, retirement, academic freedom.


Employment Discrimination Law

Course Description:

A study of federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation,  national origin, religion, age, and disability.  We will focus on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of …


Employment Law

Course Description:

This course focuses on federal and state regulation of the employment relationship, including constitutional, statutory, and common-law restrictions on employer activities. Subjects covered include negligent hiring and retention, invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, unemployment insurance, employer’s duty to provide a safe workplace, and compensation for employees injured on the job. The course does not include …


Federal Courts

Course Description:

The federal courts play a critical role in allocating power among the branches of the federal government (separation of powers), as well as the allocation of power between the federal government and the states (federalism). The course will explore these complex relationships in detail. Topics include the extent of federal judicial power and the ability …


Fourteenth Amendment Seminar

Course Description:

The Fourteenth Amendment conferred the right of citizenship upon people who had never before enjoyed it, promised equal protection of law, and fundamentally altered the relationship between the federal and state governments. This advanced course in constitutional law will examine current, recurrent, and lasting topics of interest under the Fourteenth Amendment. The course will consider …


Gender and the Law

Course Description:

This course explores the legal significance of gender in a wide variety of contexts, including employment, criminal and civil law, and laws governing family and sexuality. It is a survey course covering major state and federal cases and including some discussion of gender in comparative and international contexts. We will examine such topics as rape, …


Immigration Law

Course Description:

This course will examine the law and policy concerning persons who want to come to the United States on a temporary or permanent basis and persons who are in the United States and want to stay. Also to be examined are the laws concerning obtaining and retaining lawful status, including citizenship. The approach to the …


Law and Religion

Course Description:

This course will examine the relation of government and religion in light of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the United States Constitution. It will explore Supreme Court and lower court cases, as well as applicable statutes, constitutional policies, and judicial philosophies that have given rise to these cases. The course will be presented …


Law and Social Science

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the use of social science evidence by legal practitioners and courts at all levels. Such evidence is used, for example, in cases involving issues of trademark infringement, obscenity, discrimination, identification of criminal offenders, potential jury prejudice, eyewitness reliability, sexual assault, self-defense, dangerousness, and the fashioning of remedies.  Despite its now …


Law, Lawyers, and Social Movements Seminar

Course Description:

This course will examine the relationship between law, lawyers, and social movements, and, in so doing, consider the relationship between law, social structures, and social change.  It will examine how legal strategies for social change work to secure rights for marginalized groups, and about the converse: how organizing with the law as a reference point can …


Race and Crime Seminar

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This seminar examines questions relating to the myriad ways in which race intersects with the law and with the criminal justice system.


Remedies

Course Description:

Most people who consult a lawyer do so because they’re worried about remedies — either the remedies due them or the remedies they will have to provide. In spite of that, many substantive courses leave aside or skimp on remedies. In this course, we redress the imbalance, showing additionally how remedies can bring different areas …


Sexual Harassment Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar focuses on sexual harassment in the employment setting and in academic settings. We will start the semester with a discussion of the prevalence of sexual harassment and its causes and effects. We will then turn to the legal prohibitions of sexual harassment and study the standards that must be met for plaintiffs alleging …


Sexual Orientation and the Law

Course Description:

This course will survey the various legal issues facing gay men, lesbians and bisexuals.  The topics include:  regulation of sexuality and gender; liberty-equality debate; theories of sexuality, gender and the law; the workplace; families; parenting; education; and the military.  Students will be expected to contribute actively to the class discussion.  Twenty percent of the grade will …


Sexual Violence Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar examines various theories of sexuality—both cross-sex and same-sex—and how they relate to notions of “sexual violence,” “sexual injury,” and “sexual harm.” How should these injuries be defined, and what efforts should (or must) the State undertake to regulate or eliminate them? Should sex-based harms be regulated by the State at all? If not …


Workplace Bias: Theories & Debates Seminar

Course Description:

This seminar will explore the legal and interdisciplinary literature relating to contemporary claims of bias in the workplace, including theories of implicit bias, intersectionality theory, structuralist approaches and stereotyping and identity performance theories. In addition to studying various theories of bias, the reading will cover applied topics such as pay equity, appearance discrimination, cyberharassment, accommodation …