Changing Laws - LAW 713 (Winter Term 2021)
This experiential course will teach students how to implement meaningful legal change at the local level, exploring everything from identifying and finding the particular policy that the student would like to change, to figuring out which body to advocate to and different forms of local governance in Maine, to effective advocacy of legal changes and enforcement, to proposing and writing a new policing policy. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for change in policies.
Racial Injustice in the Law - LAW 713 (Fall 2020)
This bridge course provides an opportunity for Maine Law students to study issues related to law and racial justice in a team-taught format. We will examine racial justice issues throughout a wide range of legal fields, including Land Use, Tax, Criminal Law, Business Law, Family Law, and many others, with different faculty members leading various sessions. Students will read cases, law review articles, and other writing exploring how race affects the legal doctrine and policy all around us.
Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation and the Law - LAW 692 (Fall 2020)
Constitutional law in the U.S. (based on both the federal and state constitutions) has played active roles in framing issues related to race, gender, and sexual orientation, and legal equality in the last sixty years. The course will examine cultural ideas and constitutional theories that relate to civil rights litigation of various types related to these categories. The course will also analyze critiques of those ideas and theories, and consider alternative viewpoints.
Study Guides for The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander talked about her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, in which she argues that the “get tough on crime” policies that began in the early 1970s were enacted in an effort to push back the gains of the Civil Rights Movement. This effort, she said, had been successful. Professor Alexander spoke at the University of Tennessee at an event hosted by the university’s Africana Studies Program.