The idea for this course emanates from the recent disturbances in Baltimore arising from Freddie Gray’s arrest and his resulting death. These events have highlighted and/or uncovered serious on-going social and financial dislocations within the City. The course will examine the recent unrest itself and then examine the causes of, and possible solutions to, those dislocations, including an examination of problems in policing; criminal justice; housing; health care; education; poverty; and community development and joblessness. The course is not viewed by its organizers as an end in itself. Rather, it is intended to be a springboard for further student and faculty involvement in citizen and government efforts to reform law and policy in the subject matter areas listed above. Students will be apprised throughout the course of volunteer opportunities to work on the issues addressed in the course.
Each of the eight classes will principally be under the supervision of members of the law school faculty supplemented by other academics, experts and officeholders. Overall course administration will be handled by Professor Greenberger. Individual classes will be organized and taught in whole or in part by Professors Bezdek, Eisenberg, Goodmark, Guerin, Hoffmann, Hutchins, Ifill, Leviton, Pinard and Weimer.
The course will be taught on a Credit/No Credit basis. Attendance will be mandatory, but teaching faculty will allow for one (1) excused absence. Readings of no more than 20 pages per week will be assigned, but required reading may be supplemented by further recommended reading. Grading will be based on attendance and a short paper (8-10 pages) in which each student will recommend a solution that would address social problems identified in the class.
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Last offered Spring 2016.