This clinic is focused on the doctrine, skills, and strategy involved in litigating civil rights cases. During class we will study principles of federal civil rights law and practice. The substantive areas covered track the questions attorneys ask when handling civil rights cases: What remedy should be sought? Who is the defendant? Who is the plaintiff? What attorneys' fees are available? During class, we will also engage in several skill-building simulations over the semester - including client interviews, complaint drafting, litigation planning, depositions, and settlement negotiations - based on a police misconduct case, Chang v. Ramsey, currently pending in federal district court in Washington, DC. Finally, teams of students will work on civil rights cases and investigations in cooperation with the ACLU and other public interest organizations. Significant out-of-class time will be required for team meetings, case work, and rescheduled classes. Enrollment is limited to a maximum of six students, and is by application.
This course was previously numbered 408.