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Spring 2019

Course Description
The Environmental Justice Clinic provides rights education, interdisciplinary research, public policy resources, and advocacy and transactional assistance to low- and moderate-income communities discriminated against by public and private actors in the contexts of the built and natural environment. Our cases and projects span across the fields of civil rights (e.g., housing and transportation), environmental protection (e.g., biodiversity and wildlife, climate change, energy conservation and sustainability, food access, land use, and pollution), poverty law (e.g., community economic development and municipal equity), and public health (e.g., environmental health, such as exposure to hazardous substances and lack of access to healthcare). Clinic course work encompasses six areas of community-based advocacy, education, and research: (1) public interest law theory and practice; (2) lawyering process skills (e.g., interviewing, fact investigation, and counseling); (3) litigation and non-litigation advocacy strategies (e.g., community education, direct service, and law reform); (4) professional responsibility and professionalism; (5) substantive legal topics (e.g., poverty, environment, civil rights, public health, environmental justice, zoning, and government, constitution, and others); and (6) cultural and social history of race, class, and ethnicity in the United States and South Florida. Course requirements include classroom study (e.g., readings, memoranda, and student-facilitated case rounds), faculty-student supervision (e.g., individual, team, and group), and clinic work (e.g., case management, legal research, clinic-related events, and litigation and non-litigation work product).

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-15-2019 - 04-23-2019   TR  3:30 PM-5:20 PM G263

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 6
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Professional Responsibility recommended
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Fieldwork, class participation, work product, professionalism.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Enrollment in or permission of the Center for Ethics and Public Service.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: We will explore Where We Are and Where We Are Going. In preparation for class, please read attached prologue of Anand Giridharadas’ book Winners Take All and watch his talk in 2015 to the Aspen Institute: In addition for class: • Questions to consider as you review materials: o What stood out to you from the materials? o Do you agree with Giridharadas’ propositions? o Do you have a personal experience or can you think of a particular instance in today’s world exemplifying this idea that the winner takes all? o Are you a winner? If yes, are you complicit in the system? Is the clinic a winner? Is the EJC living in a myth of systemic change? • Use your resources to bring yourself up-to-date on the status of your case/project. Be prepared to discuss your project/case in the context of: o How last semester went. o Where you are going this semester. o Applying the reading and talk, think through your particular case(s) and/or project(s): Have we effected systemic change? Are we effecting systemic change? What can we do differently to effect systemic change? Note if you want to hear more from Anand Giridharandas, there is a more recent 1 hour talk that he gave at Google:

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Giridharadas, Anand - Winners Take All_Prologue.pdf



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