Students will provide direct representation to minor children seeking special education services from initial Individual Education Plan ("IEP") meetings through administrative mediation sessions.
In this course students apply environmental laws to water law issues in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Students work with local non-profit organization Coastkeeper to enforce state and federal water quality laws and regulations against industrial dischargers and represent the public before state and local administrative agencies on issues of environmental protection and protective public access. This course provides broad environmental experience to students and develops their litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills in courts and before administrative agencies. Students may enroll in the 3 credit clinic in the fall semester or the spring semester.
This course will examine the history and theories underlining collaborative justice programs as a modern feature of the criminal justice system, address the procedures and practices of the local collaborative justice courts, and give students an opportunity to view actual collaborative justice proceedings and/or participate in simulated proceedings.
An examination of the classification of property, its management and control, and its distribution upon dissolution of the community according to California law.
This course will explore the legal treatment of children and families in child welfare law from a comparative perspective. It will focus on how cultural, social, economic and political constructs are used to shape child welfare laws and policies. Topics covered may include abuse and neglect, corporal punishment, rehabilitative services, establishing parentage, foster and other non-family care, and specialty courts.
This course explores the methods and models of conflict resolution from a comparative jurisdictional perspective. In today’s global society, various and conflicting cultures exist and such cultural diversity poses special challenges to the legal system, especially in the area of dispute resolution. Topics covered in this course may include: the basic methods of ADR; analyzing such alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms as mediation, negotiation and arbitration, their relation to various legal systems, and how they are impacted when the actors from various cultures engage in dispute resolution; cultures of dispute resolution; transactional disputes; and the various implications of the cultural perspectives on ADR. At the professor’s discretion, the course may focus on a specific foreign jurisdiction, or may discuss multiple jurisdictions.
This course will examine the cultural, social, economic and political constructs toward a comparative exploration of jurisprudential, social, community and therapeutic responses to violence within domestic relationships in various countries. The course will provide students with an overview of existing and evolving norms that inform definitions of, causes of, and responses to family violence. While the course will emphasize similarities and differences between the legal recognition and framing of family violence in various jurisdictions, course study will also draw from various disciplines, including sociology, women studies, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology and social work, which influence and forecast the trajectory of domestic violence jurisprudence in both countries. Course work will also focus on how culture, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and race inform the availability and efficacy of interventions for domestic violence victims in various jurisdictions.
This course will survey and compare issues in family law in various countries. Laws governing the formation of the family, traditional and alternative family structures, gender role expectations, same sex unions, marital laws and the division of property at the termination of the marriage may be covered.
This course is a survey of comparative law, or the study of different legal systems. After an introduction to the differences between civil and common law systems, and codification and religious legal systems, the course will cover specific country studies. The focus will be on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Particular legal systems that may be covered include Islamic law, Cannon law and Jewish law, as well legal systems of countries such as Turkey, India, Pakistan and Israel. The course will focus on issues of human dignity under these various legal systems.
This seminar is a survey of the historical development of Islamic jurisprudence and the interaction of Islamic law and the modern nation state, with a particular focus on personal laws and issues of secularism. The specific contexts surveyed will include the Ottoman Empire, contemporary Iran, Turkey, India, Pakistan and the United States. Among the topics the course will explore are issues of gender and sexuality in Islam, whether there is a coherent system of law derived from Islam, whether a modern state that is "Islamic" is possible and the relationship between Islam and secularism.