Video Message from Prof. Taimie Bryant about Law 778.
Clinic webpage: https://law.ucla.edu/academics/clinical-and-experiential-programs/dog-adjudication-clinic/
Dogs in the United States frequently die just because someone accused them of being “dangerous.” Some accusations are legitimate, but many are not. An accuser can be a disgruntled neighbor or someone who provoked the dog, for instance. All that stands between accused dogs and death is a hearing officer charged with taking in evidence, analyzing the evidence in relation to statutory factors, and making recommendations to a government official as to what should happen to the dog. During this four-unit course, students will be trained to make fair assessments of the evidence in such cases, which is vitally important to properly determine which dogs pose a threat to public safety and which do not. After the training part of the course, students will be appointed by the General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services (“LAAS”) to conduct dangerous and barking dog complaint hearings. In addition to providing valuable public service, the course allows students to develop practical legal skills and to learn experientially about substantive law pertaining to constitutional due process, evidence, administrative legal process, and animal law. Pairs of students will conduct two LAAS hearings every other week. One will take place in the morning, and one will take place in the early afternoon. After the two hearings, each student will take responsibility for one report, which will include recommended actions to be taken by the General Manager of LAAS. Students will also meet for class for two hours every other week (for a total of six times) at UCLA Law. During those class sessions, students will discuss their cases and problems they observe with the procedures they are using and the substantive law.
Class attendance and participation are mandatory because of the importance of training for and then collaboratively conducting scheduled hearings in downtown Los Angeles. Grades will be based on successful completion of all the training requirements, class participation, performance in conducting hearings, and the quality of written submissions, such as hearing reports. There are no course prerequisites for this class, but there is a required application procedure and work agreement. Enrollment is limited to eight students. Since this course involves live client work for which there is a lot of detailed planning and collaborative work, the Drop Deadline for this course is September 4, 2018. Students may not drop the class after that date.