Categories: Constitutional Law Human Rights

Instructor(s)

Mitchell, Everett

Course Data

Room 2211
F 1:10pm-3:10pm

Pass/Fail: Yes

Past Grade Distributions

Course Description

The killing of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, re-ignited the demand by black lives matter activists, white allies and co-conspirators for community control of police, reallocating monies designated to police towards mental health resources and educational equity, and specific criminal justice reform meant to reduce the number of non-violent offenders sitting in jail with cash bail awaiting trial. This course will explore these events through the lenses of racism and the codification of certain laws and United States Supreme Court decisions to undergird systemic narratives of racial inferiority of people of color. The intention is to ensure that students have a lens to view the current context through a historical point of view that demonstrates the unique role that lawyers must play if legal systems that maintain inequitable systems will eventually be dismantled and destroyed.

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