Professor Ronald W. Staudt
Public Interest Law & Policy


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CLASS 1 — Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Read the Course Information page and the Case Study Assignment posted with student team assignments on the Student Work page.

Read excerpts from three law review articles on the meaning and history of public interest law.

CLASS 2 — Thursday, January 24, 2013

Waiting for Gautreaux, by Alexander Polikoff, Northwestern University Press, (2006), pages 1- 47

 

Class Outline

CLASS 3 — Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Waiting for Gautreaux, , pages 47- 106

Gautreaux v. CHA, 296 F. Supp. 907 (DCND Ill. 1969)(summary judgment decision)

 

Supplemental Material

Gautreaux v. CHA, 304 F.Supp. 736 (N.D. Ill. 1969) (judgment order)

Class Outline

CLASS 4 — Thursday, January 31, 2013

NO CLASS -work on your projects.

 

Plans Due February, 3, 2013


CLASS 5 — Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Waiting for Gautreaux, pages 106 - 155

Hills v. Gautreaux, 425 U.S. 284 (1976).

Class Outline

CLASS 6 — Thursday, February 7, 2013

Waiting for Gautreaux, pages 159 - 169; 209 - 217; 361 - 367 and 382 - 391.

Study the BPI website, especially the BPI in-depth page and The Third Side, the BPI Report on the CHA Transformation project, Housing Mobility and Surgery and the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship announcement.

Background Reading

Skim Waiting for Gautreaux, 169 to end.

Alexander Polikoff will participate in this class.

Class Outline

 

 

CLASS 7 — Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gendered Lives of Legal Aid: Law, Social Work and the Poor

Guest Speaker: Professor Felice Batlan


Read:

Inventing Legal Aid: Lawyers, Social Workers and the Poor, 1863-1945, by Felice Batlan,
Chapter IV: Lawyerly Visions of Legal Aid, 1911-1923
LINK


 

 

 

 

 

CLASS 8—Thursday , February 14, 2013

No Class - Field Work for Case Studies

Case Study Reports Due February 17, 2013

 

 

Class 9 Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Create Your Own Public Interest Career
Guest Speakers: Chris Williams and Sarah Kaplan


Read:

Justice Entrepreneurs Project

Chicago-Kent's Incubator Project Nurtures New Lawyers

Winning Wage Theft cases- talking points

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/31/wage-theft-illinois-restaurant_n_869296.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/quinn-signs-law-penalizin_n_665410.html

These websites illustrate the idea that being in business for profit can be a great way to make the world a better place.

http://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps/legislation


http://unreasonableinstitute.org/we-believe/


http://www.stewardsmarket.com/social-enterprises


http://www.chicagobotanic.org/windycityharvest/


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Social-Enterprise-Alliance-Chicago-Chapter/163165077030369

 

Class Outline

 

Class 10 Thursday, February 21, 2013

No Class - Field Work for Case Study Presentations

Rewrites and Addenda to Case Study Reports Due February 24, 2013

 

Class 11 Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fee Shifting

Guest Speaker: Josh Karsh


Read:

42 U.S.C. 1988(b)

Northern District of Illinois Local Rule 54.3:
http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/legal/newrules/New00041.htm

Buckannon Board and Care Home, Inc., v. West Virginia Dept. of Health and Human
Resources, 532 U.S. 598 (2001) (edited version)
Breinesen v. Motorola, Inc., 656 F.3d 701 (7th Cir. 2011) (edited version)

Review:
City of Burlington v. Dague, 505 U.S. 557 (1992)

 

Class 12 Thursday, February 28, 2013

Qualified Immunity, Longterm Strategies, and Partial Victories

Guest Speakers: Professor Carolyn Shapiro and Diane Redleaf


Read:
Greene v. Camreta, 588 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2009) (you can skip Parts II.C and D)

Camreta v. Greene, 131 S. Ct. 2020 (2011) (majority opinion only, you can skip the
separate opinions)
http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=15492221955736100501&q=camreta+v.+greene&hl=en&as_sdt=2,14&as_vis=1
Greene v. Camreta, 661 F.3d 1201 (9th Cir. 2011)

 

 

 

 

CLASS 13 — Tuesday, March 5

Group 1

Goldberg v. Kelly
due process, welfare benefit termination
Reynolds and Rutheford



READ:

Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S.294 ( 1970).

Case Study by Reynolds and Rutheford

Student Presentation

 

 

CLASS 14 — Thursday, March 7

Group 1

Goldberg v. Kelly
due process, welfare benefit termination
Reynolds and Rutheford

READ:

Goldberg v. Kelly, 397 U.S.294 ( 1970).

Case Study by Reynolds and Rutheford

 

CLASS 15— Tuesday, March 12

Group 2

Boddie v. Connecticut
due process, access to justice, filing fee waiver
Lew and Reger

READ:

Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371 (1971)

Case Study by Lew and Reger

Student Presentation Part 1

CLASS 16— Thursday, March 14

Group 2

Boddie v. Connecticut
due process, access to justice, filing fee waiver
Lew and Reger

READ:

Boddie v. Connecticut, 401 U.S. 371 (1971)

Case Study by Lew and Reger

Student Presentation Part 2

Student Interview Videos

Review:

LaFrance, Constitutional Law Reform for the Poor: Boddie v. Connecticut

 

SPRING BREAK

 

 

CLASS 17— Tuesday, March 26

Group 3

Lewis v. City of Chicago
racial discrimination in hiring, firefighters
Carvalho, Hunt and Nassim

READ:

Case Study by Carvalho, Hunt and Nassim

Lewis v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 2191 (U.S. 2010)

Student Presentation

CLASS 18— Thursday, March 28

Group 3

Lewis v. City of Chicago
racial discrimination in hiring, firefighters
Carvalho, Hunt and Nassim

READ:

Lewis v. City of Chicago 2005 U.S. Dist LEXIS 42544

REVIEW:

Lewis v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 2191 (U.S. 2010)

 

 

CLASS 19— Tuesday, April 2

Group 4

Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius
Free exercise of religion, Affordable Care Act, access to contraception
Chun, Vandersluis and Zapata

READ:

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 870 F. Supp. 2d 1278 (W.D.Okla 2012).

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 26741 (10th Cir. 2012).

Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 133 S. Ct. 641 (2012).

Case Study by Chun, Vandersluis and Zapata

Student Presentation

Class 20 Thursday, April 4

Group 4

Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius
Free exercise of religion, Affordable Care Act, access to contraception
Chun, Vandersluis and Zapata

Student Presentation

CLASS 21— Tuesday, April 9

Group 5

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
1st Amendment and campaign finance
Shlensky and Sommer

READ:

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2009) Kennedy opinion. Stevens dissent.

Case Study by Shlensky and Sommer

Alexander Polikoff, So How Did We Get Into This Mess? Observations on the Legitimacy of Citizens United, Northwestern U. L. Review Colloquy 2011.

Student Presentation

CLASS 22— Thursday, April 11

Group 5

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
1st Amendment and campaign finance
Shlensky and Sommer


READ:

McCutcheon v. FEC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139651 (2012) (Cert. granted, 133 S. Ct. 1242, 185 L. Ed. 2d 177, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 1112 (U.S., 2013))

Student Presentation

 

CLASS 23— Tuesday, April 16

Group 6

Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez
1st Amendment and federal legal aid funding restrictions
Morton and Robinson

READ:

Case Study by Morton and Robinson

Legal Services Corporation v. Valazquez, 531 U.S. 533 (2001)

 

CLASS 24— Thursday, April 18

Group 6

Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez
1st Amendment and federal legal aid funding restrictions
Morton and Robinson

Student Presentation

 

A2J Author Overview

CLASS 25— Tuesday, April 23

Public Interest and Government Lawyering

Guest Speakers:


Benjamin C. Weinberg, Pro Bono Partner, SNR Denton link

Read:
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/6-9-05.cfm
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2007/10/05/in-age-bias-suit-sidley-to-pay-ex-partners-275-million/
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2005-04-24/business/0504240430_1_title-vii-sidley-austin-brown-civil-rights-act
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/12/prop-8-if-governor-and-attorney-general-dont-defend-proposition-who-can.html
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2010/08/proposition_8_steve_cooley.php
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2011/12/the_obama_administration_s_risky_voter_id_move_threatens_the_voting_rights_act.html

Are these government lawyers serving the public interest? Do you agree with the way they
went about making the decision to take the positions they did. Is that a different question
from whether you agree with their substantive position? Why or why not?
The Yale Law Journal excerpt we read for the first class talks about how in the earlier
parts of the 20th century, public interest-minded lawyers flocked to Washington, but in
the 1960s and 70s, that changed. Why do you think the different time periods created
different models of public interest lawyering?

 

Class 26— Thursday, April 25

Public Interest and Collaboration: Medical/Legal Partnerships in Illinois

Guest Speaker: Prof. Alexander Boni-Saenz

READ:

1. Medical-Legal Partnership. To learn about the model:
a. Listen to the following NPR news story: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/04/176146771/lawyers-join-doctors-to-ease-patients-legal-anxieties


b. Read about the medical-legal partnership model on this page (http://www.medical-legalpartnership.org/model), going through the various tabs on the right (Setting the Stage, Core Components, Stakeholders, and Transforming Delivery Models)


2. Public Interest Fellowships. To learn about the major project-based fellowships, explore the following websites:
a. Equal Justice Works Fellowship (http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships).

b. Skadden Fellowship (http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/)

 

 

 

 

Class 27 Tuesday, April 30

Review and recap.

Old Class Outline

Class Oultine used this year.

Take Home Exam to be distributed at the conclusion of the class.

The exam will be due at the Registrar's Office no later than noon on Friday May 17, 2013

 

 

 

CLASS 28— Thursday, May 2

NO Class



 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

     


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