Racial Justice and Law
With such watershed events in the civil rights movement as Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and the civil rights acts of the 1960s, the eradication of racial subordination in America seemed an achievable goal. Yet, in America today, racial minorities continue to experience social and economic disadvantages, and race relations have even deteriorated in many respects. Whether law has aided or impeded the cause of civil rights in the past and the extent to which law can help to resolve racial issues in the present and future are questions of considerable controversy. This course will examine the response of law to racial issues in a variety of legal contexts. Topics will likely include the meaning of race, intimate relationships, child placement, education, employment, policing, criminal trial and punishment, and possibly political participation, education and/or hate speech. The reading material is the casebook, Ralph Richard Banks, Kim Forde-Mazrui, Guy-Uriel Charles and Cristina Rodríguez, Racial Justice and Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2016). Classes will center on candid discussion and participatory exercises about the issues raised by the assigned material.
*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.