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Social Movements and Dilemmas for Lawyers

This discussion group will focus on the role of law in social movements and, more specifically, on dilemmas confronting lawyers. We will begin by reading some general work on the relationship between law and social movements, focusing here on race and sexual orientation. Then we will consider a set of questions confronting lawyers interested in furthering the aims of a social movement. These include questions about tactics (Litigation or legislation? Individual representation or institutional reform cases?); who decides (What if multiple clients and/or lawyers disagree about the wisdom or theory of litigation?); whether (and if so, why) law is better suited to advance some movements than others; and the role of lawyers outside the courtroom. Among other areas, we will include material about the role of law in addressing the problems of poverty and low-wage workers.nClass meeting Dates: Sunday, 3:00 to 5:00 on Jan 12, Feb 9, Feb 23, Apr 6 and May 4.nElements used in grading: Class attendance at all sessions and class participation.nDiscussions in Ethical and Professional Values Courses Ranking Form: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Ranking Form available on the SLS Registrar's Office website (see Registration and Selection of Classes for Stanford Law Students). See Ranking Form for instructions and submission deadline.

2013-2014 Spring
03/31/2014 - 05/30/2014 Sun 3 PM - 5:00 PM

Instructors for this course

Juliet M. Brodie
Jane S. Schacter