The John Marshall Law School In the News

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mexican American Lawyering is Topic of Guest Lecture at John Marshall

The John Marshall Law School is welcoming guest lecturer Michael A. Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. He will present “Colored Men and Hombres Aquí: Hernández v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering.”

Olivas’ lecture is based on the book of the same name, which is a collection of 10 essays commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court of the United States case Hernández v. Texas. Olivas edited and wrote the introduction for the book. The case discussed involved Mexican Americans and jury selection and was published just before Brown v. Board of Education in the 1954 Supreme Court Reporter.

The 1 p.m. lecture will be preceded by an 11:30 lunch and noon introductory film presentation of “American Experience: A Class Apart, A Mexican American Civil Rights Story.”

The lunch, film and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call 312.987.1420, email or visit

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