Faculty Profiles

Gary Blasi

Gary L. Blasi

Professor of Law Emeritus
B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1966
M.A. Political Science, Harvard, 1969
UCLA Faculty Since 1991

LAW 541 - Problem Solving in the Public Interest

This seminar focuses on public interest lawyering through a close analysis of case studies and the discussion of recurring issues in public interest practice. In this course we explore social problems from number of different perspectives, highlighting the many different ways of solving problems of the sort public interest lawyers confront. The seminar covers questions of how public interest problems come to be framed; how clients, lawyers, and their allies think about problem-solving strategies; and how public interest lawyers use different modes of advocacy to address problems. Students in this seminar will complete an individual or group paper project that addresses a real world problem and incorporates the modes of advocacy studied in the course. Enrollment in this seminar is limited to students enrolled in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.