This seminar addresses practical considerations and legal doctrines relevant to strategic civil rights litigation. Regardless of one’s political orientation or the substantive issue at hand, targeting laws for judicial termination involves a common set of legal doctrines and best practices. Students will study issue and client selection, media relations, fee shifting, the basics of Section 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, and governmental avoidance doctrines (immunities, abstention, mootness), among other topics. For the paper portion of the grade, students identify an allegedly unconstitutional law—be it a statute, ordinance, regulation, the nature of the thing is unimportant—and create a case challenging that law, with a complaint and accompanying memorandum laying out their strategic vision. Attendance and participation will also factor into the grade.