Community Policy Development – 6620
This is an experiential course that provides students the opportunity to learn about the role of lawyers in the community and about the complex interactions among legal service providers, nonprofit community-based organizations, and community activists in addressing systemic problems, while engaged in that problem-solving. Substantively, classes will focus on strategic alliances in community building and legal reform movements; creation and uses of social capital in social justice contexts; the benefits, challenges, and risks of cause lawyering; law and social policy formation; and community-engaged legal research. We will explore definitions of community and address questions of leadership and representation. In the skills dimension, we will focus on public advocacy, negotiation, cross-cultural communication, and empirical and narrative investigation. A portion of students’ time will be off-campus, devoted to developing collaborative community-based projects.