Introduction to Race Law: Policy, Professionalism & Practices
This course will introduce and examine important aspects of the knowledge, skills and values necessary to support lawyers in dealing with race in the practice of law in the 21st Century. Together we will closely examine important cases (e.g., Johnson v. MacIntosh, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Yick Wo v.. Hopkins, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia) that help construct race in America and construct thinking about its relevance to law and policy to this day. Along the way, we'll explore and practice a range of self- and other-awareness skills that have been proven important to effective and professionally-appropriate service as members of the bar in the 21st century, including a commitment to practicing self-reflection and to compassionate and courageous examination of the presence of bias in oneself and in others. We will also identify together and examine the principles, values and ethical rules that support ongoing engagement with anti-bias work in law, whether as ally, advocate, member in good standing or leader among our increasingly diverse profession and client population. Satisfies the Professional Skills course requirement.
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