Course Details

Civil Rights Lawyering Seminar

This seminar explores a variety of aspects of civil rights lawyering, both historically and currently. It examines the lawyers and their organizations, roles, strategies, and challenges, as well as the relationship between litigation and social movements and community organizing. It is not a doctrinal class. It is not focused on civil rights constitutional case law or civil rights statutes, except as they arise as part of the examination of the lawyers and lawyering. By the end of the seminar, students should understand the creation of civil rights lawyers, the roles they have played, the strategies employed by civil rights lawyers, the challenges they have faced, and the relationships between civil rights lawyers and social movements. This is a three credit Research Writing course. It requires a paper that meets the requirements for such courses, in terms of its length and the draft and revision requirement. In light of the purpose and scope of the seminar, the readings will focus on law review articles, book chapters, and two books related to civil rights lawyering. There will be a course pack, and you will need to purchase the two books: 1. Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy 2. Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen, Equal Before the Law: How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality This seminar satisfies the Research Writing requirement.

Catalog Number: LITARB 740
Additional Course Information: Research Writing


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Civil Rights Lawyering Seminar
Faculty: Rubinowitz, Leonard S. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 17