Foreword - LatCrit Praxis @XX: Toward Equal Justice in Law, Education and Society

73 Pages Posted: 22 May 2016

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Tayyab Mahmud

Seattle University School of Law - Center for Global Justice

Athena Mutua

University at Buffalo Law School

Francisco Valdes

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: April 10, 2015

Abstract

This article marks the twentieth anniversary of Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory or the LatCrit organization, an association of diverse scholars committed to the production of knowledge from the perspective of Outsider or OutCrit jurisprudence. The article first reflects on the historical development of LatCrit’s substantive, methodological, and institutional commitments and practices. It argues that these traditions were shaped not only by its members’ goals and commitments but also by the politics of backlash present at its birth in the form of the “cultural wars,” and which have since morphed into perpetual “crises” grounded in neoliberal policies. With this background, the article turns to the current foundations for the future intergenerational transmission of the LatCrit mission and outlines a number of potential future challenges. It concludes with a description of the symposium essays written primarily by a new generation of LatCrit scholars, both the potential inheritors and creators of current and future substantive, methodological and institutional LatCrit practices.

Keywords: legal education, legal profession, civil rights, law and economics, LatCrit, OutCrit, outsider jurisprudence, social justice, public interest law, “cultural wars,” neoliberalism, antisubordination, antiessentialism, praxis

JEL Classification: A11, A12

Suggested Citation

Mahmud, Tayyab and Mutua, Athena and Valdes, Francisco (Frank), Foreword - LatCrit Praxis @XX: Toward Equal Justice in Law, Education and Society (April 10, 2015). Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 90, 2015; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-25. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2780470

Tayyab Mahmud

Seattle University School of Law - Center for Global Justice ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Athena Mutua (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States

Francisco (Frank) Valdes

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305-284-1780 (Phone)

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