Jul 29, 2021  
2020 - 2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020 - 2021 Graduate Catalog

LAW 685 - Race, Law, and Lawyering in Diverse Environments


Spring Credits: 3 Vivian Hamilton

The primary goal of this course is to explore ways in which people have used law both to perpetuate and to challenge racial injustice in the United States. It begins with a brief survey of race-based law from the nation’s founding through the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia. It then explores the Critical Race Theory academic movement, perspectives on racial identity, race as social construction, and identity performance. And it examines the intersections of race and laws governing (inter alia) education, employment, criminal justice, affirmative action, and electoral processes. The secondary goal of the course is to explore ways in which the increasing diversity of society and of the legal profession affects the practice of law. Legal practice involves interpersonal activity, and all lawyers will interact with colleagues and clients whose cultural heritage differs from their own. This course thus explores the significance of culture and cultural differences in the practice of law. It introduces Intercultural Communication Theory - the study of interactions between people of different cultural backgrounds - to provide students (of all racial/cultural backgrounds) a framework upon which to enhance their capacities to communicate effectively and work productively with attorney colleagues and clients with identity backgrounds different than their own. Grading is based on (1) 2-3 short reflection papers or an in-class presentation (student’s choice); and (2) a take-home (24 hrs.) self-scheduled exam. NOTE: you may not register for this course if you have successfully completed or currently enrolled in LAW 628, Race and American Legal History.