Foreword - LatCrit Praxis @XX: Toward Equal Justice in Law, Education and Society
73 Pages Posted: 22 May 2016
Date Written: April 10, 2015
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
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