The goal of this course is to engage students in learning and applying the skills of public policy and legislative advocacy, focused on issues related to protecting consumer access to the civil courts and consumer health and safety.
Students will work with the Center for Justice and Democracy, a civil justice advocacy organization, on various projects designed to raise awareness about legislative attacks on individual access to the civil courts. In a time when so-called ‘tort reform’ once again appears to be at the center of political scrutiny, CJ&D has a mission to increase public awareness of the value of the civil justice system and to fight to protect access to the civil courts.
Topics of interest will include:
- Consumer and worker rights
- Human and civil rights
- Medical malpractice and health care
- Product safety and environmental cases
- Corporate accountability
- Federal regulations
- Constitutional rights
In the Civil Justice and National Advocacy Clinic, students will:
- Work directly with CJ&D’s staff as well as lawyers, lobbyists and activists from around the country
- Write legislative analysis and memos for legislative committees
- Prepare advocacy materials and policy papers
- Assist with Congressional testimony
- Discuss current civil justice subjects with practitioners and opinion leaders in the field
- Participate in a day trip to Washington DC to experience government first-hand, including visits to the offices of national lawmakers and lobbyists
Past projects students have completed:
- Comments to the Food and Drug Administration on Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products
- Statement for the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Record: “The Federal Arbitration Act and Access to Justice: Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Undermine the Rights of Consumers, Workers, and Small Businesses?”
- Letter to Congress Opposing S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act
- Nursing Home Victims: The Impact of “Caps”
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution; Health Care Management and Compliance
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Spring Semester Course
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement.
Enrollment is Limited. Registration is Binding.
Visit the Center for Justice and Democracy’s website: http://www.centerjd.org/