This course examines issues of public interest and federal civil rights litigation relating to litigation of contemporary social problems. Emphasis will be placed upon techniques of identifying these problems, developing litigation strategies, and related political and ethical concerns. Students will receive actual or simulated case backgrounds, based upon actual litigation, and will be asked to draft complaints, develop discovery plans, plot tactics, and prepare and conduct depositions and cross-examinations. Areas to be considered will include racism in the 90s, urban unrest, environmental inner city concerns, police misconduct, childrens rights, and voting rights. Some substantive law will be taught.
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