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Spring 2019
LAW639  AW  THE CRIMINALIZATION OF HOMELESSNESS: CAUSES, POLICY, AND PRACTICAL LAWYERING

Course Description
This seminar will explore the criminalization of homelessness—policies in which local governments use systematic arrests of homeless people for relatively minor misdemeanors to drive them out of core urban areas. The seminar will have three major aims. The first is to examine the large-scale economic and social trends in inequality that contribute to homelessness, and the range of policy responses aimed at preventing or alleviating it. The second is to explore the contributions that civil rights litigation can make to supporting constructive policy responses, as well as the limits of litigation as an agent of social change. The third is to gain a practical lawyering sense of how social impact litigation is conducted, using as a case study the consent decree in Pottinger v. City of Miami. That consent decree limits the power of the police to arrest homeless people for certain misdemeanor offenses they cannot avoid committing while homeless. Paper topics will be chosen by the students, but must be approved by the instructor.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-14-2019 - 04-23-2019   M  3:30 PM-5:20 PM A216B

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Method of Evaluation: Class participation including presentation, and a paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
No     
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please see the Seminar Syllabus page (link below) for information on the requirements of the course, and the readings for the first class.

    Material:
    Please see the Seminar Syllabus page (link below) for information on the requirements of the course, and the readings for the first class.

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    http://osaka.law.miami.edu/~schnably/HomelessnessSeminarSyllabus.html

    Additional Information:
    One requirement of the seminar is to complete a practice exericse. There is some information on this on the Syllabus page. Please note that one option (involving the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust "PIT" Count) is coming up soon. I will have more information on all the options in the first class.
      

 
Professor(s)

SCHNABLY, STEPHEN


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: schnably@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4817
Office: G472