Reading Group in Movement Lawyering

Course Information

Course Number
L9525
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Type
Seminar
Additional Attributes
New Course, Online Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Professor Alexis Hoag Alexis Hoag Associate Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law; Lecturer in Law

Section Description

This reading group will introduce students to the different avenues and theories public interest lawyers can utilize to conceptualize and achieve social change. Through bi-weekly readings and discussion, we will explore past, present, and future movement lawyering strategies and concepts, including aspects of the civil rights movement, prison abolition, and Afrofuturism. We will examine the ways social justice lawyers engage with communities, clients, and political causes, as well as the ethical issues that may arise when advocating on behalf of class members with divergent interests. We will discuss that although the law can serve as an effective tool for change, it has its limitations. This course will help us recognize the need for movement lawyers to work in partnership with communities, organizers, and policymakers to achieve justice. Depending on scheduling and availability, this course will incorporate guest speakers engaged in movement lawyering, community organizing, and public policy. Students will be expected to read, watch, and listen to the assigned materials and actively participate in discussion. The goal of this course is to provide students with a deeper knowledge of social justice lawyering, and an understanding of how to recognize the law’s limitations as a singular tool to achieve social, political, economic, and racial equality.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2020
Location
TBA TBA
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Thursday
10:30 - 12:10 pm
Points
1
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
2L and 3L students only, preference given to 2L Public Interest/Public Service Fellows