The Criminalization of Homelessness —
Wednesdays 3:35-5:15 pm
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Formal Topic Proposals and Drafts Timeline
These are the stages in writing your paper, along with a timeline. I will consider setting a timeline more individualized to your schedule this semester, but you must submit to me along with your Stage 1 any alternative timeline you would like to me to consider. Please also keep in mind that the last 2 or 3 classes will be devoted to presentations of papers. Each person will have approximately 12 minutes for a presentation, divided roughly in half between the presentation and Q & A from class members.
- Stage 1: Please let me know by email what topic you’d like to write on. It need not be in the formal topic proposal format (below), but you’re welcome to do that if you like. An email that indicates briefly what you want to write about is fine. What’s important is to give me enough information that I can give you useful feedback. If you are inclined toward two topics and have not quite decided, you can let me know and I can give you some feedback on that.
- Due: Monday, Oct. 4, 2021
- Stage 2: Please submit a formal topic proposal. I will get back to you by October 8 to confirm that it has been approved, or approved with some recommendations about modifying it. I don’t anticipate I would have to disapprove any topics, but I do reserve the right to do so and require you to find another. I would do so only if I have grave concerns about the viability of the topic or if it has no relationship to the seminar.
- Due: Monday, Oct. 25, 2021
- Format: The proposal should have:
- a one-paragraph abstract of the proposed paper. Keep in mind #1-3 under Papers (above).
- an outline (1-2 pages) of the paper. Note: It is very likely that the final paper will not follow this outline in important respects. That is almost inevitable as you do more research for the paper. The outline, though, will help me understand better what you plan to cover, and will help you focus your thoughts.
- a list of the most important legal sources you intend to use (such as court cases, statutes, ordinances) you plan to consult. Note: There is no need for this to be comprehensive, but it should identify at least a few of the ones you think will be most important.
- a list of 5 scholarly or major policy publications (such as books, law review articles, scholarly articles from non-legal journals, major policy publications by groups with expertise, such as the National Homelessness Law Center). Note: You can list more if you would like, but 5 is enough for this. Also, as you subsequently research the paper, you can of course use news articles, etc. as appropriate, and I would anticipate you will cite more scholarly publications than 5.
- optional: a list of any questions you may have about developing the topic; I will give my thoughts on those questions in response.
- Any request for a different timeline from below for First Draft and Final Paper, and the reasons for it.
- First Draft Due: Monday, November 15, 2021 Revised!
- Final Paper Due: Friday, Dec. 17, 2021
I will consider requests for extensions of time for any stage, but you must let me know the reasons, and ask me in advance.
Final Paper Requirements
At the top of the first page, centered, put:
By [Your Name]
Criminalization of Homelessness, Fall 2021
(If you prefer, you can have a separate title page for the above information)
- The pages must be numbered
- The text must be double-spaced
- Any indented block quotes must be single-spaced
- Footnotes or endnotes must be single-spaced
- Font: 12 point Times New Roman or something similar
- Every publication cited must have at least the following basic information. It is not enough to list a URL, though where something is found on the web, it can be helpful to include the URL as well:
- Books: Author, Title, publication year
- Journal articles: Author, article title, Journal title with volume + page number, publication year (for example, for a law review article, Author, 75 U. Miami L. Rev. 1 (2020). Use something substantially similar for non-law review articles.
- Reports etc - Author [which can be an organization], Title, Date - e.g., National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Housing Not Handcuffs 2019: Ending the Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities (December 2019), http://nlchp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/HOUSING-NOT-HANDCUFFS-2019-FINAL.pdf
- Note: I will not be a stickler for bluebook form; I just want something reasonably standard, as indicated.
- The paper should be 25-35 pages (it can be longer if you prefer, but that’s not required)
- The paper should be submitted in Word form, preferably, but pdf is fine if you prefer. The name of the document should be in this form:
- Last Name-First Name-Final Paper.docx (or .doc or .pdf)
- It should be emailed to me, copy to my assistant, Ms. Demmings, with the following in the subject line:
- Criminalization: Final Paper, Fall 2021
Presentations, Abstracts, and Questions
- In-Class Presentations:
- Format: Plan on a 5 minute presentation, with 5 minutes for questions from the class.
- Please let me know as soon as possible whether you plan to use PowerPoint slides or other visual aids.
- November 10 (Wed.)
- November 12 (Fri., 2:00 pm)
- November 17 (Wed.)
- How you will be scheduled:
- I have assigned class members to their presentation dates. You can find that on the Presentations Chart here. Check for latest revisions
- If something arises after November 1 that makes it difficult or impossible for you to make your presentation on that date, you must let me know as soon as possible, with an explanation. I will attempt to be accommodating, but you will need to present a very good reason.
- Abstracts and Written Questions on Abstracts:
- Written Abstracts
- Each class member will be required to submit a written presentation summary (i.e., an abstract) to me by the Friday before the Wednesday they are presenting, or in the case of a presentation on Friday, by the Monday before the Friday.
- These are the due dates for submitting your abstract:
- Your Presentation Date: Wed. November 10 | Abstract Due: Monday, November 8, 9:00 am
- Your Presentation Date: Fri. November 12 | Abstract Due: Tuesday, November 9, noon
- Your Presentation Date: Wed. November 17 | Abstract Due: Friday, November 12, 9:00 am
- The abstract should be emailed to me, with a copy to my assistant (email@example.com) with the body of the abstract in the email, not an attachment.
- I will post the abstracts on the course website. They will be posted by the end of the day on which they are due.
- Written Questions on Abstracts
- All class members are required to read the abstracts and submit one or two questions or comments on three of the paper abstracts. (You may submit more than two if you’d like.) You can find out which paper abstracts you will be writing questions on by consulting the Chart. Check for latest revisions
- For each of the abstracts you are assigned, submit one or two brief, constructive, written questions or comments.
- I will post the questions/comments for each presentation on the course web page, without names.
- Due Dates for Written Questions on Written Abstracts
NOTE: “Presentation Date” below refers to the date the paper for which you are writing questions is being given, not the date of your own presentation.
- Presentation Date: Wed. November 10 | Questions Due: Tuesday, November 9, 5:00 pm Presentations Chart here. Check for latest revisions
- Presentation Date: Fri. November 12 | Questions Due: Thursday, November 11, 5:00 pm
- Presentation Date: Wed. November 17 | Questions Due: Monday, November 15, 5:00 pm
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