Law of Place and Place of Law (Hybrid Class)

Section 1SP, Spring 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/18
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 0930-1120
  • SL294
01/28/2021 04/29/2021

Course Description

This seminar will examine the phenomenon of “local law.” In what realms are localities – neighborhoods, cities, urban regions, watersheds, ecoregions – entitled to make their own laws, and in what realms are they not? What principles should govern the grant of this authority? What should be its limits? When should authority be shared with senior levels of government? How does local law reflect the social, cultural and physical characteristics of a place, and how does it protect or change those characteristics? We will explore these questions across a range of issues and scales. Case studies will include the emerging law to restore and protect the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay (in which we are located) and recent legal disputes over the choice of the City of Charlottesville to take down the statues of Confederate Civil War generals. Other possible subjects of interest include “sanctuary cities,” land use and gentrification, community ownership of productive assets, community policing, local environmental law, and green infrastructure.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write a seminar paper that qualifies for the legal writing credit. In selecting paper topics, students will be invited to use concepts developed in the course to analyze legal issues in places with which they have some personal experience – their hometown, recent residence, vacation or travel venue.

Other Work
In the final sessions of the course, students will present their paper/findings and raise questions for discussion by the class.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: Readings will be provided.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 16, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 02, 11:59 PM