Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Latinos/as and the Law: A Critical Race Seminar (CANCELLED) (LAW-795-002)
Jim Ferg-Cadima, M. Lucero Ortiz

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (CANCELLED)

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Final Exam: This course will require a 20-page final paper of publishable quality rather than exam. The law school upper-level writing requirement (ULWR) may be satisfied in this two-credit seminar by writing a 30+ page, single topic paper with faculty supervision. See more information on the ULWR at https://www.wcl.american.edu/studentaffairs/writingreq.cfm Professors Ferg-Cadima and Ortiz will be available to provide support in the selection of the topic and research plan, formation of the outline, review of the rough draft, and critique of the final draft after submission. One of our past students published his final paper in a law journal.


Discourse on domestic law and politics traditionally has marginalized Latinos/as/xs in the United States despite their significant impact on American law. This course challenges the traditional view by placing Latino communities, immigrant and citizen alike, at the center. Through an exploration of legal history and critiques, politics, civil rights movements, constitutional guarantees, and cross-discipline scholarship, students will discuss the significance of culture, ethnicity, language, race, color, national origin subgroups (i.e., Mexican Americans (Chicanos), Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and Central and South Americans), gender, sexual orientation, socio-economics, and immigrant status for Latinos/as/xs. This course would be of interest to students who plan to serve a predominantly Latino client base or work in civil rights law, litigation, or policy circles.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Delgado, Perea, & Stefancic, Latinos and the Law: Cases and Materials (1st ed. 2008)

First Class Readings

Class 1 Monday, August 21, 2017 Latino/a/x Demographic Shifts through the Legal Treatment of People of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban Descent Required Readings: o Casebook (Delgado, Perea, & Stefancic, Latinos and the Law: Cases and Materials (1st ed. 2008)): ? Chapter 1, 14-30, 41-47 (those of Mexican descent), 49-80 (those of Puerto Rican descent), and 81-87, 89-106 (those of Cuban descent) o * Reports: ? Office of Immigration Statistics, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: 2011, 1-7 (Jan. 2011), available http://goo.gl/u5y0fB ? Pew Hispanic Center, Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero – and Perhaps Less, 6-10 (Apr. 23, 2012), available at http://goo.gl/3xLJuK o * Audio File: Latino USA, Episode #1547 – Reservations (Nov. 20, 2015), available at http://goo.gl/bWtIQi o * Editorial: María R. Scharrón-Del Río and Alan A. Aja, The Case FOR ‘Latinx’: Why Intersectionality Is Not a Choice, Latino Rebels.com (Dec. 5. 2015), available at https://goo.gl/tuwmjK o * Infographics: ? Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanics in the U.S.: By Origin and Place of Birth (Aug. 2012), available at http://goo.gl/IEXUvU ? Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos by Population (Mar. 2012), available at http://goo.gl/Qj6z5T ? Pew Hispanic Center, The 10 Largest Hispanic Origin Groups: Characteristics, Rankings, Top Counties 1-18 (June 2012), available at http://goo.gl/4cEjr3 ? Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends: 2010, 9-17 (Feb. 2011), available at http://goo.gl/tdXjom