Volume 8, Issue 1, Fall/Winter 2009
About the Authors
Joseph Alvarado is a 2010 JD candidate at the Seattle University School of Law. Born and raised in south Los Angeles, he earned his BA in philosophy from California State University-Northridge in 2002 and a paralegal certificate from the University of California-Los Angeles extension program that same year. Prior to law school, Joseph was a paralegal at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, and later at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. He plans on pursuing a career in criminal defense and civil rights after graduation.
Robert Ashford is a professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law where he teaches corporations, professional responsibility, secured transactions, and a seminar in binary economics and property rights-a little-understood subject that he believes is of immense importance to poor and working people and their advocates. He holds a JD with honors from Harvard Law School, and a BA with majors in physics and English literature, graduating first in his class at the University of South Florida. He was also a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford University. Professor Ashford is the founder and principal organizer of the Section on Socio-Economics of the Association of American Law Schools and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Socio-Economics, the academic honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), the American Law Institute, and the Athens Institute for Education and Research. He has also served on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, the Board of Advisors of the Syracuse University College of Law, and the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Professor Ashford has authored and co-authored articles, book chapters, and monographs on various subjects including banking, binary economics, evidence, implied liability under federal law, professional responsibility, public utility regulation, socio-economics, securities regulation, and tax law, and has lectured at universities and conferences in Australia, Canada, Greece, France, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. Robert Ashford also composes classical music which is aired on National Public Radio and on radio stations throughout the United States. His book Binary Economics: The New Paradigm (1999) with Rodney Shakespeare is available from the University Press of America.
Dr. Lorenzo Bowman is a faculty member of adult education in the Department of Lifelong Learning, Administration, and Policy of the College of Education at the University of Georgia. His research interests include race, gender, and sexuality issues in adult education. He received his PhD in adult education from the University of Georgia, his JD and MS (management) from Georgia State University, and his BS in industrial engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. He has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1993.
Jacquelyn Bridgeman has been a member of the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty and an adjunct faculty member in the African American Studies Program since 2002. Honored at both the college and university level for teaching excellence, she teaches in the areas of employment law, legal writing, torts, and family law. She also teaches undergraduate classes on African Americans and the American legal system and black politics.
Before joining the College of Law faculty, Ms. Bridgeman was an associate attorney at the Los Angeles, California, law firms of Curiale, Dellaverson, Hirschfield, Kraemer & Sloan and Loeb & Loeb where she specialized in a wide range of labor and employment matters. She received her BA from Stanford University with honors in 1996 and her law degree from University of Chicago in 1999.
Bridgeman's scholarship interests lie in the areas of equality, race issues, social justice, and politics.
Christopher Choe is a 2010 JD candidate at the Seattle University School of Law, where he serves as a research and technical editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. He received his BA in law, societies, and justice from the University of Washington in 2004. His experiences working at the King County District Court prior to law school prompted his interest in pursuing a career in law, particularly working with people. He plans to focus his career on public interest work.
Emily Gonzalez is a 2010 JD candidate at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2007, Ms. Gonzalez received her BA from the University of Washington with a major in law, societies, and justice and a minor in human rights. While attending the University of Washington, Ms. Gonzalez studied comparative legal systems in Rome, Italy, and Heredia, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, Ms. Gonzalez wrote a report on the discrepancies between Costa Rican written law and the actual conditions of Costa Rican indigenous communities.
At Seattle University School of Law, Ms. Gonzalez has served as vice president and president of the Latino/a Law Student Association. Ms. Gonzalez also served as a board member of the National Latino/a Law Student Association for two years. In addition, she serves as the marketing and events editor for the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. In 2008, Ms. Gonzalez worked for a Seattle immigration law firm which sparked her interest in immigration law and legal issues. Ms. Gonzalez is a student of the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic where she works as part of the Youth Advocacy Clinic to provide public defense for juveniles.
The child of a Chicana educator and Mexican American lawyer, Marc-Tizoc González is a lawyer in Oakland, California, and teaches for University of California-Berkeley's Chicano/Latino Studies Program. He is the president of the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, secretary for LatCrit, Inc., and co-chair of TUPOCC (The United People of Color Caucus of the National Lawyers Guild). He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Berkeley Law Foundation, Centro Legal de la Raza, and the National Lawyers Guild-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He is on the alumni advisory boards of the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal and the National Latina/o Law Student Association. His scholarship deploys critical legal theory, historiography, photography, and interdisciplinary social science methodologies to explore and promote social movements for human liberation, interracial justice, self-determination, radical democracy, and justice for the poor.
Christian Mukunda Halliburton is a professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, and law and religion. After receiving his JD from Columbia University School of Law, Professor Halliburton spent several years in private firm practice, and two years clerking for the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the United States District Court in Seattle, before joining the faculty at Seattle University. An anthropologist by training, Professor Halliburton tends to focus his teaching and scholarship on the human aspect of the institution of legal regulation-both as a means of determining optimal regulatory regimes, and as a way of internalizing the universe of societal costs associated with such regulatory systems. In addition to his teaching, scholarship, and involvement in the Seattle University School of Law community, Professor Halliburton is actively involved in several progressive legal academic and legal activist organizations, is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and regularly provides public and media presentations dealing with the Constitution, civil rights, and individual freedoms.
Lindsay Perez Huber is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at the University of California-Los Angeles, specializing in race and ethnic studies. Her research examines how discourses of racist nativism and patriarchy emerge in the educational trajectories of undocumented and U.S.-born Chicana college students.
Gracie Lawson-Borders is an associate professor of Communication & Journalism and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Wyoming. Her book Media Organizations and Convergence: Case Studies of Media Convergence Pioneers focuses on convergence as a concept and a process. Her research concentrates on media management, convergence, and new technologies. She also examines media coverage of minority groups and issues. Lawson-Borders is a member of the Advisory Board for BlackPast.org. She has published in American Behavioral Scientist, International Journal on Media Management, and Journal of Media Economics. She has previously served on the faculty at Kent State University and Southern Methodist University. A former journalist, Lawson-Borders has worked as a reporter and editor at the Akron Beacon Journal, the Oakland Press, and the Chicago Tribune. She holds a BA from Michigan State University, an MA from Northwestern University, and PhD from Wayne State University.
Tayyab Mahmud is a professor of law and director of the Center for Global Justice at Seattle University School of Law. He was co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and is a member of the Board of Directors of Latina/o Critical Legal Studies, Inc. (LatCrit). He has published extensively in the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights, international law, legal history, and legal theory. His primary research areas are critical legal theory, colonial legal regimes, international law, and post-colonial legal systems. His current research is focused on extra-constitutional usurpation and exercise of power in post-colonial states.
Maria C. Malagon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at the University of California-Los Angeles, specializing in race and ethnic studies. Her research examines the educational trajectories of Chicano male continuation high school students. Using critical race theory and Chicana feminist epistemologies, she provides a socio-historical understanding of how the social construction of racialized masculinities impact the experiences of marginalized students located in remedial schooling institutions.
José María Monzón is a professor of general theory of law and philosophy of law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Law.
Denise Pacheco is first and foremost an educator committed to imagining and enacting opportunities for students of all ages to engage in creative, humanizing kinds of learning. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of California-Los Angeles in the Department of Education and Information Studies. Her research interests focus on poetry writing, critical literacies, women of color and indigenous epistemologies, socio-cultural approaches to learning, and critical pedagogy. In addition to her doctoral studies, Denise has used her skills as a poet to teach poetry writing in Inglewood and Watts with both high school and elementary school students. While at UCLA, she has worked as a teaching assistant, graduate student researcher, and college preparatory program coordinator. She has also taught a graduate course on the sociology of U.S. public education at California State University-Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Ann Peterson earned her doctorate in adult education at Northern Illinois University. She also held a BS degree in elementary/multicultural education and an MS degree in adult education from Indiana University. She was an associate professor in the Department of Adult, Continuing, and Literacy Education and served as co-director of the Gidwitz Center for Urban Policy and Community Development at National-Louis University. Prior to her tenure at National-Louis University, Ms. Peterson served on the faculty of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina (Columbia).
Ms. Peterson authored numerous books and articles. Her focus was on increasing visibility of the concerns and successes of African Americans. Her dissertation, African American Women: A Study of Will and Success, was published in 1992. In 2001 she edited Freedom Road: Adult Education of African Americans. In 2008 she co-edited with Todd Alan Price, The Myth and Reality of No Child Left Behind-Public Education and High Stakes Assessment. Ms. Peterson was the first to introduce critical race theory to adult education through her chapter, Creating a Culturally Relevant Dialogue for African American Adult Educators, which was published in 1999 in the Culturally Relevant Adult Education-New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education (edited by Talmadge Guy).
Elizabeth Ann Peterson died January 26, 2009, after a six-month battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband, Edward Potts, and son, Aaron Potts, as well as two brothers, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Yanira Reyes-Gil, JD, PhD is an assistant professor at Interamerican University School of Law in Puerto Rico. She teaches constitutional law, professional responsibility, sociology of law, and law and social change, among other courses.
Tonette S. Rocco, PhD, is an associate professor in the Adult Education and Human Resource Development Program at The Ohio State University. She has published in journals in adult education, educational gerontology, human resource development, vocational education, nursing and allied health, teacher education, and higher education. Rocco's recent books include Older Workers, New Directions: Employment and Development in an Ageing Labor Market (an e-book with Jo Thijssen), Challenging the Parameters of Adult Education: John Ohliger and the Quest for Social Democracy (with Andre Grace, Jossey-Bass, 2009), Demystifying the Writing and Publishing Process: A Guide for Emerging Scholars (with Tim Hatcher, Jossey-Bass, forthcoming), and Sexual Minority Issues in HRD: Raising Awareness (with Julie Gedro & Martin Kormanik, Advances in Developing Human Resources, 2009). She has over one hundred publications in journals, books, and proceedings. She is co-editor of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, an electronic journal. She is a member of various editorial boards, including the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, the International Journal of Mixed Methods in Applied Business and Policy Research, the Adult Education Quarterly, Human Resource Development International, and the Human Resource Development Quarterly. Her research interests include continuing professional education, equity and privilege specifically in terms of race/critical race theory, sexual minorities/LGBT, age, disability, teaching for social justice, employability/career development/entrepreneurship, learning processes, and fostering student research and professional writing.
Dr. Silva is an associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California-San Diego. In 2008-2009, she served as the director of Latin American Studies Program and associate director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at the same university. She writes in the fields of political theory, legal theory, racial and cultural studies, and human rights. From a feminist theoretical perspective, her work addresses the conceptual, political, and ethical challenges posed by the present global (juridical, economic, and symbolic) configuration.
Guiding this work is an ethical-intellectual "frustration" with liberal and historical-materialist political theorizing accumulated since she was an activist in her neighborhood association, the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Worker Party), and the Black Brazilian Movement in the 1970s and 1980s.
She is an active participant in the Latin American Studies Association, LatCrit (Latina/o Critical Race Theory) Collective, Law and Society Association (USA), Critical Legal Conference (UK), and American Studies Association. She has been invited to participate in thematic academic gatherings, and give keynote addresses in the United States, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Belkys Torres is a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in U.S. Latina/o literature and popular culture. She teaches interdisciplinary courses which examine literary representations of Latin American cultural products (i.e., films, music, telenovelas) and their reappropriation by Latinos in the U.S. She has been actively involved with LatCrit, Inc., for several years and her areas of scholarly interest include transnationalism, diasporas, hybridity in literature and popular culture, media studies, and women's and gender studies.
Francisco Valdes, professor of law, earned a BA in 1978 from the University of California-Berkeley, a JD with honors in 1984 from the University of Florida College of Law, a JSM in 1991, and a JSD in 1994, both from Stanford Law School. Between law school and his graduate work, he practiced with Miami and San Francisco law firms and taught as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Law School. After receiving his JSD from Stanford, he taught at California Western School of Law in San Diego, joining the University of Miami faculty in 1996. He is a leading figure in the LatCrit movement and in gay rights scholarship, and was co-chair of LatCrit, Inc. He teaches civil procedure, comparative law, critical race theory, law and sexuality, law and film, and U.S. constitutional law.
Veronica N. Velez is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education at the University of California-Los Angeles, specializing in race and ethnic studies. Her research examines the politics of parental involvement in the educational and civic accountability for undocumented immigrant parents. In addition, she is working on developing a critical race theoretical model for the relationship between race and space for educational research and how GIS can serve as an important methodological tool for examining educational inequalities.
Charles Venator, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Margie Zamudio (1964-2009) was an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wyoming. She earned her PhD in the Department of Sociology at University of California-Los Angeles. Her research examined immigrant/native labor competition, organizing immigrant workers, critical race theory, and racism in education. Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Problems, Equity & Excellence in Education, Social Justice, Sociological Perspectives, and Latina/o Studies. She is co-author with Christopher "Caskey" Russell, Francisco Rios, and Jacquelyn Bridgeman in the forthcoming (2010), tentatively titled, Critical Race Matters: Education and Ideology (Routledge).