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636 - Disability Discrimination
Professor: Ruth Colker
Semester: 2009 Autumn
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Accessibility study and a 48-hour self-directed take-home exam.
This four credit course primarily covers the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students will learn about Title I (employment discrimination), Title II (public entity discrimination) and Title III (public accommodation discrimination) under the ADA. Brief attention will also be given to constitutional issues, special education issues and housing discrimination issues.
In addition, students will learn how to conduct an accessibility audit. For 2009, the students will work with various judges at the Municipal Court to make recommendations for how to make the Municipal Court House more accessible. This is a very unusual opportunity and will give students the chance to make meaningful contributions to the administration of justice.
One day of week for this course will be a two hour segment in which students will learn skills related to conducting an accessibility audit and negotiation. The other two days of the course will be devoted to standard case law material. The course will count towards two credits of the Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The enrollment is limited to twenty students.
The final grade for this course will be based primarily on the work on the accessibility study and a 48 hour self-directed take-home exam.
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