LAW-8034 Community Lawyering

Ms. Sherley Rodriguez,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.

Students using this course to fulfill the experiential learning requirement may not also use this same course to meet the legal writing requirement.

Litigation is just one tool of many tools in a lawyer’s toolkit. Lawyers engaged in community lawyering work in collaboration with community and grassroots organizations to develop strategic organizing campaigns and sustained best practices, create sound media and communication campaigns, provide community legal education, and other forms of legal advice and assistance to help shift the power dynamics in favor of the community organization and its members. Community lawyers provide legal knowledge and skills that help support the community organization’s fight against injustices within the legal and ethical frameworks of the law.

In the context of supporting a worker’s rights and/or tenant’s rights organization, students will engage in simulated exercises (such as client interviews, counseling sessions, and legal education presentations) designed to provide an overview of community lawyering techniques, develop relationship building skills, learn how to collaborate with community organizations in strategic action planning, and increase cross-cultural competency. Guest speakers will provide stories from the trenches and share success and challenges of community lawyering. Students may also have the opportunity to visit community organizations to see the power of community lawyering in action.

Faculty comments: Grades will be based on the following: in-class participation (50%), weekly self- evaluation and self-reflection assignments (20%), and a final project or presentation (30%).

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<<Course Updated: April 08, 2016>>