This course will cover the theoretical, social, and legal implications of gender
violence and goes beyond traditional domestic violence coverage. It will examine the efficacy
of legal intervention and how laws impact the lives of those who have survived
gender violence. Topics include civil protection orders, custody, arrest and
prosecution, immigration, international human rights, and other legal remedies
in the realm of intimate partner violence. Students will also examine recent developments at the intersection of civil
rights, race, ethnicity, and gender violence, including gender violence in prisons and the lack
of access of services for certain groups, for example, disabled victims,
men, and LGBTQ victims. It will include a comparative perspective
by which the problem of gender-based violence and its remedies are considered in
the context of other cultures and legal systems. In addition to the subject matter overview,
students will observe court proceedings and engage in in-class practical skills
exercises including interviewing and counseling, trial issues, simulated case
arguments, and group problem exercises.
Students will be assigned written exercises such as legislative drafting, complaint drafting, and developing an outline for a memorandum of law. Students will complete a 15-20 page seminar paper that builds on and develops one of the earlier writing assignments.