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Charleston Law Review

FOREWORD: NOW, MORE THAN EVER: REFLECTIONS ON LATCRIT AT TWENTY

Fall, 2016

Charleston Law Review

10 Charleston L. Rev. 173

Author

Steven W. Bender*

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INTRODUCTION
 

More than twenty years ago, as an untenured law professor, 1 I flew to Puerto Rico to participate in a 1995 colloquium on Latinas/os and critical race theory. Sponsored by the Latino Law Professor section of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the event was part of the HNBA's annual meeting. Seated together in front of me on the plane for the final leg of the journey were Michael Olivas, who became my mentor, as he was for so many Latina/o colleagues, and Juan Perea, whose scholarship on language discrimination illuminated the path of my early writing. The colloquium proved to be as much of a community-building event as an intellectual and activist conversation. In the span of a few days in an island paradise beset with the complexities and ravages of colonialism and class, I came to know scholars such as Margaret Montoya; Pedro Malavet; Berta Hernandez-Truyol; and especially Frank Valdes, whose writing and ideas and enduring friendships ignited my own voice toward an antisubordination future. Having attended every LatCrit annual and biennial conference held in the last twenty years, and having served as a LatCrit co-chair, treasurer, and longtime board member, it is my privilege to take stock of LatCrit's sustained role in confronting the local and global struggles that existed then and continue today.

Much of the work of celebrating LatCrit's accomplishments in its formative years - and detailing its growing pains - has been done in other commemorative publications. 2 I can concentrate here, then, ...
 
 
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