Classes

    Gender Violence Legal Policy Workshop

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This workshop offers the student hands-on experience in analyzing, evaluating, and creating legal policy on a range of issues related to gender violence. The three main areas of concentration are campus sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sex trafficking and prostitution. We advise government officials (local, state and federal); national, international, and local advocacy groups working to stop gender violence; and individuals needing assistance in knowing their rights or accessing services. Recent activities include submitting comments to the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault; helping an advocacy organization on preventing domestic violence homicide; and preparing a training for Middlesex County Police Chiefs on investigating sex trafficking rings.
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    Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course offers an in-depth examination of the phenomenon of gender-motivated violence. Following a consideration of the prevalence and variation of types of sexual violence and coercion around the world, we consider questions such as: How, if at all, is violence against women different from other types of violence? How effective have legal strategies to address violence against women been, and what shifts in thinking about gender-motivated violence would be necessary finally to eradicate it? How has the #MeToo movement reshaped the possibility of legal reform? How does the toleration of sexual violence shape people’s expectations and sense of entitlements? What are the implications of gender-based violence for the constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws? Does equal protection itself have a gendered meaning and reality?
    Among the types of violence against women we will consider are: intimate-partner violence; domestic homicide; prostitution; rape; sex trafficking of women and children; and violence against women facilitated by the Internet. The readings consist of primary and secondary materials drawn from several disciplines: law, social science, political science, public health, psychology, evolutionary biology and women and gender studies.
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    Title IX: Sports, Sex and Equality on Campus

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Title IX of the Civil Rights Act promises equal access to educational opportunities. This has been one of the most dynamic areas of civil rights activism in the recent past, and promises to remain so. Under the Obama Administration, protecting students from sex assault was a capstone priority. Such efforts may not remain a high priority in the new administration.... Read more about Title IX: Sports, Sex and Equality on Campus

    LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021
    The Harvard LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC) offers students the opportunity to work directly on cutting-edge issues involving LGBTQ+ rights, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting underrepresented communities within the LGBTQ+ community. Clinic offerings include local and national projects covering the spectrum of LGBTQ+ issues.... Read more about LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    Reproductive Rights and Justice

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021
    This course will examine how laws impede or increase access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care domestically and internationally. Special attention will be paid to understanding the role of social movements in legal and political debates about reproductive rights and the contestation around the use of scientific and medical evidence in law reform efforts.... Read more about Reproductive Rights and Justice

    Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    Students in the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic work directly with clients in matters of divorce, custody and visitation, abuse prevention, paternity, child support, guardianship, and second parent adoptions. Under close supervision of the clinical instructor, students manage all aspects of a family law case, including counseling clients, conducting factual investigation and legal research, developing case strategies, conducting and analyzing discovery, and drafting pleadings.... Read more about Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

    Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Students in the Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic work directly with clients in matters of divorce, custody and visitation, abuse prevention, paternity, child support, guardianship, and second parent adoptions. Under close supervision of the clinical instructor, students manage all aspects of a family law case, including counseling clients, conducting factual investigation and legal research, developing case strategies, conducting and analyzing discovery, and drafting pleadings.... Read more about Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic