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207 sec. 1 - Spanish for Lawyers (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Araceli Martinez-Olguin  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 1
Meeting Time: W 4:00-5:15
Meeting Location: 107

Course Start: January 11, 2012
Course End: March 14, 0012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49481

This is a one-unit class 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, family law, welfare, civil rights 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, with a view toward being comfortable communicating with clients who are monolingual or dominant in Spanish.

Students will prepare a final project (oral and/or written presentation) in lieu of an exam or paper.

The instructor, Araceli Martinez-Olguin, is an experienced civil rights practitioner who presently serves as a Staff Attorney in the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program of the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center. Prior to joining LAS“ELC in 2010, Araceli was a Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, where she engaged in advocacy on behalf of immigrant women workers.

Exam Notes: None
This is a credit only course
Course Category: General Courses
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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