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Fall 2014

Course Description
Students will explore a dynamic and multidimensional approach to legal advocacy by focusing on the historical trajectory of the Trayvon Martin case in all its facets. Emphasis will be on decision points and strategic choices that faced legal advocates, the role of the lawyer in shaping the course of litigation, and the dilemmas and opportunities raised by media attention. Students will be led through an examination of the following aspects of the case as it unfolded: civil law; criminal law; federal civil rights violations; Stand Your Ground, and the application of international human rights standards. In this course, students will engage in non-traditional legal analysis, exploring the literature on the sociological intersection of race and the law, and examine and reflect on complementary forms of advocacy, such as the use of the media as a tool of advocacy, tempered by professional regulations and ethical obligations. The course will highlight the emergence and role of the social justice movement that accompanied the litigation, and the ability of music to communicate messages that impact legal reform. The course will challenge students to conceptualize law as an evolving process, rather than a static system; taking students beyond application of legal precedents to creation of law and systemic change by combining traditional litigation skills with alternative forms of advocacy.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 11-03-2014 - 11-08-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
11-03-2014 - 11-06-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F402
11-07-2014 - 11-07-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F402
11-08-2014 - 11-08-2014   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F402

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: None.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class Participation and Final Paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
New Professor
Short Course
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Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Social Justice - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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