This course will focus on the roles of lawyers in reducing violence in our society, including as prosecutors, advisors, mediators, planners, teachers/mentors, and house counsel. It will operate in one or two Baltimore City neighborhoods. During the year, students will work sequentially and/or contemporaneously in several components of the clinic:
1) Community prosecution: In conjunction with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, students and faculty will help to design, operate, evaluate, and replicate a community prosecution project in the Baltimore City District Court in which students help to: prosecute “quality-of-life” crimes (trespassing, vandalism, drug activity, drunk and disorderly conduct, loitering, open containers, prostitution, shoplifting and disturbing the peace), support a diversion/community service program (in which offenders perform community service in lieu of incarceration), represent the community organization that supervises and provides services to the offenders, and work with police, prosecutors, defenders and community groups to make this and other problem solving court initiatives (such as a problem solving prostitution court) effective.
2) Community justice task force: Students and faculty will help to create, staff, and evaluate this entity, which will devise and implement strategies that promote community justice initiatives around Baltimore City and across the state. Stakeholders include prosecution, defense, court, service providers, community members, mediators educational, and church representatives, as well as ex-offenders who are interested in restorative and community based re-entry strategies.
3) Business-development: In conjunction with local community organizations, tenants’ associations and business leaders, the faculty and students will help to develop and support economic and community development activities that will provide and fund some of the services that will be required to create and maintain the above projects, train community members and develop anchoring community based organizations (both for and not for profit). Students may serve as in- house counsel for some of these organizations.
The weekly classes will focus on: skills relevant to the legal work (including litigation, counseling, interviewing, mediation, problem- solving, fact-finding, research, and writing skills); the community and organizational-development roles of lawyers; methods of alternative-dispute resolution; the criminal justice system; theories of justice; professional responsibility issues; youth-advocacy; and basic principles of non-profit law.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend the clinic Orientation Program.
Current & Previous Instructors:
|This course is not currently scheduled.|
Last offered Spring 2013.