†Legislative Advocacy Clinic (30118). 3 units, credit/fail. This clinical seminar will give students an opportunity to participate in the state legislative and policy-making processes by advancing – and defending – the interests of a Connecticut public interest organization of their choice. Clinic students may select their projects from a range of options supplied by the faculty, or they may approach the clinic with an organization/cause already in mind. Recently, students in the clinic have focused on public health, fair housing, workers' rights,juvenile justice, tax policy, and women’s health. One of our long-time clients (Connecticut Voices for Children) is a key player on a broad spectrum of policy issues affecting Connecticut families. The clinic’s work includes both affirmative legislative initiatives and defensive efforts to respond to proposed legislation deemed inimical to the interests of its clients. An orientation to Connecticut's politics and demographics, as well as on issues of ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers working in the legislative arena will be important foci of this clinic. In the fall term, students will develop policy proposals, participate in training sessions led by some of Connecticut’s most experienced lobbyists, meet with state legislators, and work with their client organizations to identify upcoming legislative issues. Once issues have been chosen for action, students will research the subject, work in coalition with other organizations, prepare and present “white papers,” and meet with legislators. In the spring, students will meet with legislators to get their bills introduced, develop oral and written testimony in support thereof, identify other witnesses, shepherd their bills through the committee process, and work to get them adopted. During the legislative session, students will also monitor other proposed legislation that might affect the clinic’s clients. To allow all students to participate in both the training/issue development and direct action aspects of the clinic’s work, priority will be given to students who commence their participation in the Fall term. Enrollment limited to fifteen. J.L. Pottenger, Jr., S.D. Geballe, A.A. Knopp, and E. Scalettar.
Note: Attendance at the first class meeting is required. A no-drop policy will apply.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.