State of Latinos in legal education

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  1. Yes, indeed, the legal profession is a racist profession; i.e., U.S. law follows the Judeo-Christian tradition intent on dominating indigenous populations around the globe, including La Raza and other Native Americans.

    “Count us out” is what Anglo-Americans do when it comes to maintaining and preserving Judeo-Christian law and order in the Americas. This ethnocentric approach to law and order includes keeping Minorities out of law schools, to the greatest extent permissible by law, and guess who makes this discriminatory law in spirit and intent, if not those Whites representing the racist majority in a historically racist society such as that of the United States?

    Minorities, Latinos in particular, have little chance of being admitted into law schools, not only because of our generally poorer performance in the racist colleges and universities of this racist nation, but also because of our generally poorer performance, beginning in racist elementary schools where we are forced to sink or swim, in the foreign English language and culture being shoved down our throats under the guise of assimilating us into someone or something we will never be, i.e., Anglo-Americans.

    Our Anglo-American classmates are like 10 laps ahead of us, already in elementary school, simply because they are born in Anglo-American homes and we are not. The first day of school, when we don’t even know English, we are expected to catch up with Anglo-American children, and throw our own language, culture and traditions out the window, as if there is something totally wrong or “unAmerican” with who and what we are, as a matter of birthright.

    It’s institutionalized racism from cradle to grave for Latino-Americans, and guess who maintains and preserves this racist status quo, if not racist Anglo-American judges, lawyers, politicians and bureaucrats? How can we ever be expected to catch up with Anglo-American students, at any education level, when we are treated like less than equal or real Americans from the very beginning?

    Sure, a few Minorities make it into the legal profession, but look how many of them turn out, e.g., Alberto Gonzales. They are turned into ravening wolves, instead of decent human beings who happen to be great lawyers that can inspire more Latinos to become lawyers, too. Very few Latino professionals inspire our youth because they are so assimilated that they are alienated from most Latinos and vice versa, all because they want to please their Anglo-American bosses.

    This is the real legacy of “affirmative action.” It has turned most of our “well-educated” Latinos against us for those big “equal employment opportunity” paychecks coming out of racist institutions controlled and regulated by racist Anglo-Americans in the highest seats of power who require Minorities to pretend “equality and justice” actually exists, at all levels of government and society when every Minority American except the most deluded knows it doesn’t.

  2. Say what you want about William Mitchell, but what your article failed to state is that William Mitchell has been the only law school that has a full service Office of Multicultural Affairs which has been in place since 1987 and more recently as its own individual office since 2002, that is dedicated to ensuring that our students balance the struggles of law school while maintaining a strong dedication to being engaged in various communities of color at various levels. This goes beyond simply buying tables at dinners or speaking about the need for more students of color in law school. We recently just received a $50,000 grant of which a portion will go toward diversity scholarships and the other will help to fund our highs school program called Future In Learning Law ( FILL) which has been around since 1989 and within the last 5 years has become even more connected within the Metropolitan community public schools. In addition, we have brought the National Council for Legal Education Oppportunity (CLEO) six week summer program to Minnesota since 2001 that is geared at preparing students of color for the rigors of law school. If you had bothered to give me a call, I think you would have had a different perspective about William Mitchell. We will contnue to work on bringing more Latinos into the legal profession as I am a recovering attorney, and a person of color who has a passion for this issue.

    Thank you,

    Andriel M. Dees, Esq.
    Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs
    William MItchell College of Law

  3. In response to Andriel Dees’ comment regarding her office, I read either in Part 2 or Part 3 that William Mitchell’s President addressed your office.

    If indeed one of your office missions is to “ensuring that our students balance the struggles of law school while maintaining a strong dedication to being engaged in various communities of color at various levels.”…then I think it speaks to that effectiveness with which you are delivering that mission to Latino students.

    If the President of the School was aware of the Series, are you suggesting that your office did not know and was not engaged?

    Latino Law Student in Minnesota

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