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Practice AreaPublic Law and Human Rights

 

Practice Area Full-time Faculty: Larry A. Bakken, Edwin J. ButterfossJoseph Daly, Marie A. Failinger, Mary Jo Hunter, David A. LarsonMary Jane Morrison, Katrina Pagonis, Marilynne K. Roberts, Kenneth Swift, Howard J. VogelAnn TweedyJason Marisam

Practice Area Part-time FacultyJody Alholinna, Celeste Culberth, Michael Davis, Jon Geffen, Frederick Grittner, Mark Ireland, Julie Jonas,   Susan Jorgenson-Flores, Salima Khakoo, Paul Merwin, John Riemer, Paula Schwartzbauer, Eldon Spencer, Julie Zimmer

 

Description of the Practice Field:  Many lawyers work as employees of the public, in government or government-funded agencies such as Legal Aid or Legal Services, or publicly subsidized law firms.  Still others practice public interest or public regulatory law from private firms and nonprofit organizations, as well as corporations.  Among the areas traditionally identified with public law are environmental regulation, civil rights and international human rights of minority individuals and groups (defined by race or national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and gender), the rights of children and older adults, immigration, education, prisoner’s rights, mental health, and issues affecting low-income people such as social programs and  housing.   

Overview of Hamline Opportunities in this Area:  Hamline has a cluster of courses in its focus areas such as child advocacy, labor and employment, criminal law, and government and regulatory affairs.  (See course planning guides for those areas.)  However, it also provides a breadth of offerings in traditional areas of environmental protection, human rights, and issues involving the disadvantaged, education, and immigration.  Students may wish to concentrate in one of these areas, or to take a broad range of courses in this area to prepare themselves for a wide range of public law or public interest employment, since employment opportunities in a narrow specialty in public law may be limited at some times. 

Course Legend: 

Credit=number of credits

Grad=whether this course fulfills a HUSL graduation requirement, e.g., Upper Division Skills (GS), Legal Perspectives (LP) for students matriculating before 2010, Seminar (Sem), Professional Responsibility (Prof)

Prerequisites/Co-requisites=Courses you must take (PR), or that it is recommended that you take before (RE) or at the same time (CO) you take this course (see catalogue for more detail)

Offering frequency = “Y” courses are offered at least once a year, “EO” courses are offered at least every other year, “Sum” courses are offered only during summer and “J-term” only during J-term, “ST” are Selected Topics and other courses that are offered on an irregular schedule; they are identified as “NS” if they are not currently scheduled within the next year.

Next planned offering = the year or semester when the course will next be offered--F for fall, S for spring, J for J-term, Sum for Summer, W=weekend offering

Courses that are primarily designed to teach skills have an “S” after their course title

Core Courses:  Courses that focus on the law and legal skills required to practice in this area.

 

Course

Credit

Grad

Prerequisites/

Co-requisites

Offering frequency/Next planned offering

Comments

Administrative Law

3

Y/F(W), S

Civil Rights

3

RE:  Con Law I and II

EO/S

Constitutional Law II

3

Y/F, S, S(W)

Consumer Transactions

2

EO/F

International  Human Rights

3

LP

RE:  Con Law I,

International Law

EO

2011-2012

Criminal Procedure I

3

Y/F, S

Social Welfare Law

2

PR:  Con Law I

EO/F

Supporting Courses:  These are courses that complement the core courses: deepening your understanding of the area of law, enhancing your skills, and/or creating a complementary area of expertise that will enhance your employment prospects in this area.

Course

Credit

Grad

Prerequisites/

Co-requisites

Offering frequency/Next offering planned

Comments

Children and the Law

2

EO

2011-2012

Employment Discrimination

3

LP

EO

2011-2012

Employment Law

3

Y/F, Sum

Environ-mental Law and Ecology

3

EO/S

Immigration

3

RE: Con Law II, Admin. Law

EO/S

Law of Juvenile Delinquency

2

EO/F

Mediation (S)

3

GS

Y/S, Sum

Native American Law

2

LP

EO/S

Sexual Orientation Law

2

LP

EO

2011-2012

Wrongful Convictions

2

EO/F

Clinic:  Child Advocacy (S)

3

GS

PR/CO: Professional Responsibility

Y/F, S

Clinic: Education Law  (S)

3

GS

PR/CO: Professional Responsibility

Y/S

Clinic:  Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation

(S)

3

GS

PR:  Professional

Responsibility

RE:  Mediation, Employment Law or Discrimination, Lawyering Skills

Y/F, S

Clinic:  Employment Discrimination Mediation Representation

(S)

Clinic: Immigration

3

GS

PR: P.R.

RE:

Immigration

Y/F, S

Clinic: Immigration

Practicum:  Public Interest

3

GS

PR/CO:  Professional Responsibility

F

Seminar:  American Slavery

3

Sem, LP

ST/F

Seminar:  Law, Religion and Ethics

3

Sem, LP

S

Seminar:  Native American Law

3

Sem, LP

S

Seminar:  First Amendment

3

Sem, LP

NS

Seminar:  Gender and Childhood

3

Sem, LP

NS

Seminar:  Race and the Law

3

Sem, LP

F

Seminar:  ADA

3

Sem, LP

S

See also Criminal Law worksheet for relevant clinics and practicums

Other For-Credit Offerings to Enhance a HUSL Student’s Skills and Knowledge:

Opportunity

CR

Offered

Contact  

Comments

Journal of Public Law and Policy`

1-2

Fall and Spring

Dr. Jonathan Kahn

Pass-no pass

ABA Client Counseling Competition

1-2

Fall and spring

Prof. Joseph Daly

Pass-no pass

ABA Negotiation Team

2

Fall

Profs. Ken Fox and Marilynne Roberts

Pass-no pass

Frederick Douglass Black Law Students Competition

1-2

Fall/Spring

Prof. Cathryn Deal

Pass-no pass

Hispanic Bar Association Competition

2

Spring

Prof. Tom Romero

Pass-no pass

Interamerican Human Rights Competition

2

Spring

Prof. Cathryn Deal

Pass-no pass

McGee National

Civil Rights Competition

2

Spring

Prof. Cathryn Deal

Pass-no pass

Mediation Competition

1

Spring

Prof. Jessica Kuchta-Miller

Pass-no pass

Native American Law Students Association Competition

2

Spring

Prof. Cathryn Deal

Pass-no pass

Thomas Tang Asian Law Student Association Competition

2

Fall

Prof. Cathryn Deal

Pass-no pass

Selected Non-Credit Opportunities to Gain Experience, Skills and Contacts:

Opportunity

Experiences offered

Contact

Comments

Public Law Community

Speakers, social opportunities

Prof. Mary Jane Morrison

Minnesota Justice Foundation

Projects, pro bono and employment opportunities

Sara Schwebs, Hamline MJF representative

American Civil Liberties Union

Work on civil rights cases, speakers

See website for representatives

American Constitution Society

Speakers, national networking on liberal issues

See website for representatives

Asian Pacific American Law

Students Association

Speakers, projects

See website for representatives

Black Law Students Association

Speakers, projects

See website for representatives

Children’s Rights Association

Speakers, projects

Prof. Mary Jo Hunter

Critical Legal Studies Group

Scholarship, reading

See website for representatives

Environmental Law Society

Speaker, projects

See website for

representatives

Hamline Law Animal Legal Defense Fund

Speakers, projects

Prof. Marilynne Roberts

Hamline Law Democrats

Networking with local and national party

See website for representatives

Hamline Law Republicans

Networking within local and national party

See website for

 representatives

Hamline Native American Law Student Association

Speakers, projects

Prof. Mary Jo  Hunter

Hamline Women’s Legal Caucus

Speakers, projects

See website for representatives

Latino Law Student Association

Speakers, Juris Fiesta, other projects

Prof. Jill Barclift

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Speakers, projects

Prof. Mary Dunnewold

National Lawyers Guild

Networking with NLG chapters, speakers, projects

See website for representatives

Second Amendment Civil Rights Alliance

Speakers, projects

Prof. Joseph Olson

Stonewall Alliance

Speakers, projects

Prof. Mary Jane Morrison

Pro bono opportunity

Law Clerk

Assist with civil liberties cases, including legal research and writing, intake, and fact investigation. 

Sara Schwebs-MJF

Pro bono opportunity--Consumer Unit Intern -

Screen and interview potential clients; assist staff attorney with advice to low income consumers regarding debt collection and garnishment issues.

Sara Schwebs, MJF