Exam Type: No Exam
This course deals with strategies for changing law and policy, focusing on child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption), education, and juvenile justice. We bring into the classroom as visiting lecturers leaders from the worlds of policy, practice, and academia—successful change agents representing different disciplines, career paths, and strategies for change. We explore significant reform initiatives, and debate with the speakers and each other how best to advance children’s interests. The emphasis is on different approaches to social change, inside and outside of the courtroom, with the goal of informing students’ future advocacy efforts.
Receptions follow the class meetings, enabling students to talk informally with the visiting speakers, as well as with the HLS Faculty and those from the Boston-area child advocacy community who form a regular part of our audience. Click here for a schedule of the speakers and topics from previous semesters.
Course requirements consist of brief questions/reactions related to the readings and class presentations, turned in weekly.
This course is part of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP), whose other courses are: Child, Family, and State (alternating years), Family Law (alternating years), the Child Advocacy Clinic, and the Future of the Family seminar. Enrollment in all CAP courses is encouraged but not required.
Cross-registrants are welcome.