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Public Interest Litigation

This course examines how public interest lawyers use federal civil rights litigation to address contemporary social problems. Students will be provided with a simulated case based on an actual injustice in Detroit and develop a strategy to solve the problem. They will gain experience in client interviewing, making public records requests, drafting complaints, writing and responding to motions to dismiss, oral argument, drafting discovery requests, conducting depositions and being interviewed by the media. Students will learn how to overcome the many procedural obstacles to justice posed by 42 U.S.C. section 1983 and explore the ethical issues faced by public interest lawyers when representing vulnerable clients. The course will also emphasize how litigation can be most effective in achieving change when it is a part of an "integrated advocacy" campaign that includes public education, legislation and/or community action.
 
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