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Thursday, May 9, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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We are delighted to announce some exciting additions to our summer course offerings.  Located in the Washington, DC area, headquarters to many government offices and non-profit organizations, we are able to attract the highest-quality practicing attorneys to teach interesting electives that you won’t find at most law schools.  These courses are open to non-UDC law students on a space-available basis. 

Summer session is from May 20-July 26, 2013.  There are two ways to apply for summer classes: as a visiting student or as a non-degree student. 


Visiting Students

Students enrolled at other ABA-accredited law schools may be admitted as visiting students, attend for one or two semesters and take up to 15 credits of study per semester at UDC-DCSL.  Visiting students who wish to take summer courses must complete a Summer Visiting Student Application (.pdf). The 2013 Summer Visiting Student Application is due on May 15, 2013.


Non-Degree Students

Graduates of foreign and state-accredited law schools may apply for admission as non-degree students.  Non-degree applicants who wish to take summer courses must complete a Summer Visiting Student Application, which is due on May 13, 2013. 


Courses Open for Visiting and Non-Degree Students


Civil Rights Seminar (2 credits)

This stimulating seminar, taught by two veteran civil rights professors, will examine the cutting issues in civil rights for the 21st Century in voting, housing, education, employment, criminal justice, freedom of expression and more.  With a quintet of major decisions in cases scheduled for release by the Supreme Court docket before June 30th, such as affirmative action in university admissions, the constitutionality of parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, marriage equality and proof of citizenship for voting, the seminar will provide an instant analysis.   Co-professors, Wade Henderson, the Joseph Rauh Distinguished Professor at UDC and leading public policy advocate as the President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and John Brittain, also a senior professor at UDC , former dean and chief counsel of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and civil rights attorney in many significant cases for over three decades will teach the seminar.  In addition, they have invited a list of big name speakers, many of them involved in the current Supreme Court cases.  And finally, the seminar will examine the ever increasing assertion of international human rights law.


Whistleblower Law (3 credits)

This survey course is an introduction to the legal foundation for a social phenomenon known as "whistleblowing” – the exercise of free speech rights to challenge abuses of power that betray the public trust.  Employees exercising freedom of speech this way have made a difference repeatedly in changing the course of history, and their impact is becoming steadily more significant.  The course will be taught by Thomas Devine, Legal Director of the Government Accountability Project and co-author of The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide: A Handbook for Committing the Truth.  The course will cover the cultural context for blowing the whistle; the extent of an ongoing revolution in whistleblowers’ legal rights; and the tactics for activists to turn whistleblowers’ information into power when challenging abuses of power.  By the end of the class, each student should have a solid understanding of the whistleblower phenomenon, the legal rights available to whistleblowers, and the tactics to minimize their impact by turning truth into power through partnerships between whistleblowers and activists. 


Reproductive Justice: Law, Politics and Organizing (2 credits)

This course will offer students the opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of issues within the framework of Reproductive Justice. Reproductive Justice encompasses the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent. The course addresses dynamic topics in social justice, human rights, and civil liberties as they intersect with reproductive justice, such as racial and environmental justice; LGBTQ liberation; freedoms of speech, religion, and association; freedom from illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment; rights to privacy, bodily autonomy, and equality; and birthing, parenting, and family formation rights. The course is taught by Andrea D. Friedman, Director of Reproductive Health Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. 


Law Office Management (2 credits)

This seminar will cover the essentials of opening a solo or small practice.  It is taught by Joel Bennett, author of How to Start and Build a Law Practice in the District of Columbia, former Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association and co-founder and first Chair of the Law Practice Management section of the DC Bar.  The course covers everything from finding office space to setting up a business to compliance with professional ethics obligations.  Students will be required to produce a business plan in lieu of an examination. 


Veterans Law Seminar (2 credits)

This is a survey course on the laws and procedures for helping veterans and their families obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  It is taught by Kerry Loring, who has been an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for seventeen years. 



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