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Civil Rights

Black Lives Matter: Law and Culture

Course Description: This course examines law as a site that has defined both blackness and humanness in relationship to African Americans. It also explores black culture to understand various responses to injustice.


Civil Law Clinic

Experiential Course Requirement? Yes Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Ohio Legal Intern Certificate; Evidence Course Description: Students work with clients, appear in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft motions, and try cases in local, state, and federal courts under faculty supervision. The clinic works in diverse areas of practice, from public interest and civil …


Civil Procedure II

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: Using the federal courts as a model, this course critically examines how the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure attempt to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of civil actions, as well as movements for their reform. Topics include: pleading, joinder of …


Civil Rights Seminar

Course Description: This course will survey the history of civil rights laws and issues with a strong focus on race and ethnicity. It will also look at other categories such as gender and age. The development of civil rights law will be explored by studying a number of legal doctrines such as housing, public accommodation, …


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.


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 …


Critical Race Theory Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Explorer: This course begins with a review of the United States’, including the history of racial and religious intolerance, the Civil Rights Movement; and current socio-economic status of African Americans. Additionally, students will review foundational literature by writers in the CRT Movement.


Critical Theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar

Course Explorer: This course introduces students to important strands of contemporary legal theory, including Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race, Feminist, Queer, Lat- crit, and Classcrit theories.


Disability Discrimination

Course Description: The course explores legal and policy issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Fair Housing Act Amendments, employing traditional statutory and case law analysis. Course emphasizes education law including both K-12 and higher education. Students will complete a practical exercise …


Education Law

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

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course addresses developments in civil rights law in the context of the workplace. We will look at the growing body of law designed to protect against discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. The main …


Employment Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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, and unemployment insurance, among other topics.


Federal Courts

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: none Course Description: This course examines the scope of and limitations upon the federal judicial power under Article III of the Constitution. It is organized around three themes: (1) Separation of Powers, (2) Federalism, and (3) Enforcement of Federal Rights. Specific topics covered include standing and justiciability, jurisdiction-stripping, among other …


Fourteenth Amendment Seminar

Course Description: This advanced course in constitutional law will examine current, recurrent, and lasting topics of interest under the Fourteenth Amendment. The course will consider the extent to which the Fourteenth Amendment restructured the relationship between the federal and state governments.


Gender and the Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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. We will examine such topics as rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, child custody, marriage and reproductive rights.


Human Rights Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: Course Description: This course covers the protection of human rights in international law. Topics include: (1) the feasibility of requiring nation states to comply with international standards in the treatment of individuals; (2) the invocation of internationally protected rights in domestic (U.S.) courts; (3) international remedies and mechanisms …


Immigration Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The 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 …


Law and Religion

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will examine First Amendment issues raised by both the Free Exercise and the Establishment Clause. In addition, it will explore other intersections of law and religion, including the effect of religion on law and of law on religion.


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.


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 examines 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 …


Prisons, Police, and Borders Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course will consider the historical, psycho-social, and legal foundations of prison, police, and borders, and the possibilities for reforms and alternatives.


Race and Crime Seminar

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


Remedies

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The study of the general principles of remedies, integrating public-law and private- law forms of relief. Topics include compensation, punitive damages, damages in civil rights cases, injunctive relief for constitutional violations, specific performance, governmental immunity, declaratory judgment, restitution, and fee-shifting.


Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The course focuses on conflicts that divide a community and involve public policy issues such as civil rights, racial justice and economic inequality through simulations and discussion. This course is part of the Distinguished Practitioners in Residence program.


Section 1983: Police Misconduct and Prison Violations Seminar

Course Description: This course considers the origins, uses, and limits of section 1983 litigation in the contexts of police misconduct and prison violations.


Sex, Sexuality and the Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None 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.


Sexual Harassment Seminar

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 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.” This seminar should be of interest to anyone interested in gender and sexual equality, the law governing rape (including marital rape), sexual harassment, child sex abuse, marriage, or domestic violence.


Social Justice and the Law

Course Description: This course introduces students to important ideas about social justice and its relation to law. Students will be introduced to classic and newer strains in critical legal thinking that focus on intersectional questions of class, race, gender, trans*, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and religion, and the role of the State in producing the transformations …


The Lawyer in the Community

Course Description: This course is about the lawyer’s relationship to the larger community in which s/he works and lives. It surveys traditional and nontraditional lawyering tools for serving communities and their needs.


Workplace Bias: Theories & Debates Seminar

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 …