865.01 Designing Creative Legal Solutions

Can the law of tomorrow be better than the law of today? Good lawyers help their clients navigate risk. Great lawyers are creative problem solvers who tackle increasingly complex challenges faced by their clients and their communities. In this course, we’ll attack seemingly intractable legal problems to develop real, creative solutions. To allow us to hit the ground running, we’ve pre-identified a focus related to the pressing problem of eviction, which we’ll explore from various stakeholder perspectives. These focus issues will allow us to connect with an on-going eviction diversion project of the Duke Civil Justice Clinic to make a significant impact in Durham. We will deal with real issues in legal service delivery that confront our local community partners. We’ll build upon the design approach of IDEO, a global innovation firm committed to creating disproportionate impact through design, and—along with various community stakeholders—apply their basic approach to pressing legal challenges. Our goals will be to walk away with templates for real creative solutions for our community and real creative mindsets for ourselves.

Winter 2019

Course NumberCourse CreditsEvaluation MethodInstructorMeeting Day/TimesRoom
865.01Barak D. Richman, Jeff Ward
M 2:00-5:00 PM, W 9:00 AM-12:00 PM