Advocating for the Rule of Law: A Practical Approach

Advocating for the Rule of Law: A Practical Approach

Ms. Lesley Rosenthal
Fall 2017 course
M 8:00am - 10:00am in WCC Room 3008
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

"A government of laws, and not of men.” At this inflection point in our nation's history, Advocating for the Rule of Law is a new course that provides students with historical and doctrinal bases as well as practical learning opportunities about the Rule of Law in the domestic context. Themes that will be explored include: constraints on government powers, corruption/conflicts of interest, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. From leading guest lecturers active in the field, students will learn how to advocate for, assess and strengthen the Rule of Law, promoting a stable social and civic order, citizen engagement, and a positive climate for economic investment.

By the end of the semester, students will come away from the course empowered with practical knowledge about how to bring the Rule of Law to life, in their legal practice as well as in the pages of their local newspapers, high school civics classrooms, state legislatures and professional associations.

Assignments will include brief written work associated with each of the six class meetings, most 2-3 pages but a few may exceed that length. Some will be prepared or begun in class as part of simulation exercises with visiting experts from the field. There will also be professional networking opportunities with the guests from many walks of public and private practice.

Note: This course will meet on the following dates: 9/11, 9/25, 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, Legal & Political Theory, Legal Profession, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility