This Cardin offering builds upon the base of the regular Labor Law course, integrating theory with practice through student field work with Casa of Maryland. Casa is a worker rights/community organization which organizes workers to engage in collective self-help actions and also provides individual legal representation in appropriate cases. Student-attorneys will represent low income worker clients in a variety of settings, under the joint supervision of Professor Marley Weiss and counsel for Casa of Maryland. The majority of litigation-related work will involve recovering unpaid and underpaid wages for workers whose employers fail to pay them at all, pay them less than the amount promised, or pay them less than the minimum amounts required by federal, state or local law. Students may provide advice and counsel to worker-clients, may negotiate the resolution of disputes on their behalf, or may appear before tribunals. In addition, students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the activities and development of the organization itself, and may represent Casa of Maryland as an organization before legislative bodies or administrative agencies. These activities will require students to analyze and seek to implement broader policy and law reforms to address the disadvantaged status of low income workers, with particular emphasis on those of new immigrant groups and racial and ethnic minority status. Students who wish to write a substantial research paper regarding topics falling within the focus of this course may, with instructor approval, obtain a sixth credit for work in connection with this course. Assuming the paper meets the requisite standards, it may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Certification Requirement.
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Last offered Fall 2002.