Local Government in Action: San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (30178). 1 unit, with the option of additional units. This course will introduce students to local government lawyering. Working directly with attorneys from the Affirmative Litigation Task Force in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, students will have an opportunity to brainstorm about potential projects, research the most promising ideas for lawsuits, assist in filing a case, or help litigate one already underway. The course will address both theoretical issues (What roles should cities play in our democracy? Can cities further the public interest through litigation?) and practical ones (city-state relations, standing issues). The first part of the course will acquaint students with broader legal and policy issues associated with affirmative litigation. The students will then break into independent working groups organized by subject area; the working groups will be designed to accommodate student interests and preferences. Each working group will either develop and propose a potential lawsuit, or assist in one of the City’s ongoing affirmative litigation cases. Students joining in the fall are expected to make a one-year commitment (both fall and spring semesters). In addition, students enrolling in this course for the first time in Fall 2015 must complete their one-year commitment in the course to receive professional responsibility credit. Permission of the instructor required. Instructor to be announced. E. Bernstein and T. Bialek.
Course Selection: List this clinic among the experiential course selections. If you would like to enroll, please submit one paragraph on why you are interested in local government work as well as your resume by December 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.