The Color Line and the Problem of Reparations (S)

LAWJD878

This seminar examines the role of race and ethnicity in American law and social practice from the early colonial period to the present and in the light of that history it considers the possibility of reparations for those affected by slavery and discrimination. It will focus on the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and some immigrant groups, and will address such issues as whether anyone could have a valid moral claim to reparations, who could be morally liable to support reparations, what forms reparations might reasonably take, and how any justifiable reparations might reasonably be funded. Readings will include Lyons, The Color Line, and other historical and legal materials. A day or two prior to each class meeting, seminar members will submit three to five questions that are suitable for discussion. A term paper is required: a topic must be proposed (which the instructor can aid a seminar member develop) and must be approved; a complete and polished draft of the term paper will be submitted, for comments and suggestions, and a version of the paper that has been revised in light of comments received will be submitted for grading. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with this class. LAW ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 10 students. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Spring 2017: LAW JD 878 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
SectionInstructorCreditsDaysTimeBuildingRoom
A1David B. Lyons3Wed2:10 pm - 4:10 pm