Class ActionsThis course examines class actions from both from a political perspective and a practioner's perspective. The realization that people were being injured en masse by widely used products arose in the 1970's on the heels of far-reaching judicial decision-making in the area of civil rights. The inroads made by the judiciary in civil rights "legislation" provided that body with the ideological hook it needed to legitimize judicial cures to widespread consumer ills. But, how effective has the class action been in fostering social and political change? In addition to considering this question in a variety of contexts, the course provides hands-on experience in drafting a class action complaint as well as in presenting arguments for and against class certification.