Has Anything Changed? Latina/os in the Legal Profession

In NLLSA on April 5, 2011 by Barbara

In 2002, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal published a Symposium Issue titled “Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation.” This issue included articles grouped into several sections, one of which was titled “Barriers to Latinas and Latinos in Law School: The Need to Increase the Role We Play as Lawyers, Judges, and Professors.”

The article Toward A Statistical Profile of Latina/os in the Legal Profession, written by Professors Miguel A. Méndez and Leo P. Martinez, contains data regarding the participation of Latinos in the legal profession which, in the authors’ words, “generally confirm[s] [Latina/os’] sense of exclusion from the profession and the isolation we sometimes experience as lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.”

Click here to read the article. The full citation to the article is Miguel A. Mendez & Leo P. Martinez, Toward A Statistical Profile of Latina/os in the Legal Profession, 13 Berkeley La Raza L.J. 59 (2002).  

Do you think that Latinos are as underrepresented in the legal profession today as they were nine years ago? What do you think can be done so that more Latinos apply to law school, earn a J.D., and go on to practice law?


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