†Liman Public Interest Project (21596). 2 units, credit/fail. This course will provide students with the opportunity to work on public interest law projects. Subjects have ranged from immigration and criminal justice to poverty law. This year the focus will continue to be on facets of incarceration; ongoing and new projects involve examining where men and women are located in the federal prison system so as to understand the relative opportunities for education and other programs, and thinking more generally about the role of gender in incarceration; studying how prisons use and regulate long-term isolation, both in terms of policies and practices; and considering regional differences in how directors of state prison systems address and manage prisons. Prior projects have included analyzing rules in all fifty states on visiting prisoners and proposing revised policies; exploring how immigration status affects parental interactions with state child welfare agencies; developing educational materials for incarcerated and recently-released people on parental rights and obligations; and researching how state and local tax regimes treat diapers so as to lower costs for low-income families and service providers. Students work in teams and meet regularly with supervisors, and, with permission, students may elect to write a related Supervised Analytic Writing or Substantial Paper for additional graded credit. The projects sometimes continue for more than one semester and have, on occasion, resulted in published articles. Permission of the instructors required. J. Resnik and J. Kalb.
Course bidding: In additional to listing this course among experiential course selections, students should submit a short statement of interest (no more than 250 words) and a CV by 4:30 p.m. on December 10, 2014. Selecting this course during pre-registration constitutes authorization for the Registrar’s Office to release a copy of a student’s YLS transcript to the instructors.