Cause Lawyers in American History

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/24
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the phenomenon of cause lawyering – advocating on behalf of particular clients or causes – throughout American history. We will explore the topic from a theoretical and ethical perspective, but most of our attention will be devoted to historical examples of cause lawyers. The course will focus on well-known twentieth- and twenty-first-century cause lawyering movements by liberal groups like the NAACP and the ACLU, as well as analogous activities by conservative legal actors. In addition, we will look at important historical events, such as the dispossession of Native Americans and the progress of Reconstruction through the lens of cause lawyering. In the end, the course aims to broaden students’ understanding of the parameters of cause lawyering as it has been practiced throughout American history.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write a couple of short response papers to the reading (submitted directly to instructor, not via EXPO).

Other Work
The class will also involve a good deal of in-class student participation.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law is recommended, but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**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.

General Information

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Legal History
Public Syllabus Link: None
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