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207 sec. 2 - Spanish for Lawyers (Spring 2013)
"An Introduction to using Spanish in Legal Settings"
Instructor: Araceli Martinez-Olguin (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Meeting Time: W 10:00-11:10
Meeting Location: 115
Course Start: January 09, 2013
Course End: March 13, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51245 (section 4)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49499
This class is aimed at exposing students (who have a working knowledge of spoken Spanish) to Spanish-language legal concepts, terminology, settings and topics. The materials and
topics will be based on law and procedure in such areas as immigration, criminal law, civil rights, housing, environmental justice, and international human rights. The class will also address ethical and practical considerations in working with interpreters, attorney-client relations, cultural
competency and client education. Guests will include native or fluent Spanish speakers familiar with the above topics.
All readings and classroom presentations, simulations and discussions will be in Spanish, with limited exceptions. Students will have the opportunity to practice their Spanish, with a view toward being comfortable communicating with clients who are monolingual or dominant in Spanish.
Students will prepare a final oral presentation in lieu of an exam or paper, and will also be expected to contribute to weekly classes.
The instructor, Araceli Martinez-Olguin, is an experienced civil rights litigator whose first language was Spanish. She is presently a Staff Attorney in the National Origin, Immigration and Language Rights Project of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. She previously served as Staff Attorney and Fellow at the ACLU Women's Rights Project and as a Clerk to the Hon. David Briones of the U.S. Western District of Texas. She taught Spanish for Lawyers last year, is a Berkeley Law graduate and was the 2010 recipient of the Hon. Thelton Henderson Social Justice Prize.
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