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Spring 2021
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. For this we will use case studies, including legal challenges to food sharing bans, and negotiation and enforcement of consent decrees governing arrests of homeless individuals and protection of their property in Miami, Los Angeles, and Denver. Paper topics will be chosen by the students, but must be approved by the instructor. There will also be several short written exercises.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   W  4:10 PM-5:50 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Method of Evaluation: Class participation including a paper and an in-class presentation on it, and several short written exercises.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
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): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

SCHNABLY, STEPHEN


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