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207 sec. 001 - Working with Spanish-Speaking Clients: Language and Culture (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Mariana Berenice Acevedo Nuevo  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 107
From August 24, 2023
To October 05, 2023

Course Start: August 24, 2023
Course End: October 05, 2023
Class Number: 32288

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 19
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

Conservative estimates suggest 40.2 % of California residents are “Hispanic or Latino”, yet, Latinx account for only 7 % of California’s licensed active attorneys. This disparity results in a lack of access to effective legal representation for Spanish speaking populations. Relying on untrained translators to fill the gap can result in even greater problems, due to the increased potential for privacy and confidentiality violations.
Knowing how to work with Spanish speakers effectively and providing culturally competent legal services is currently and will increasingly be a marketable skill. Examining the social norms, legal institutions and sociocultural biases that affect the provision of legal services for Spanish speakers helps correct racial bias and create a more equitable legal system. It’s not enough for attorneys to be able to speak Spanish, they must also know how to provide culturally competent representation.
This class will provide the tools students need to offer culturally competent legal services. Specifically, you will learn:
1. An overview of the history of Spanish speakers in California and the United States, including the discussion of caselaw and policy that targets Spanish speakers for speaking Spanish;
2. Common legal issues facing Spanish speakers;
3. Working effectively with translators;
4. Exploring cultural practices that will help attorneys connect with Spanish speakers (without falling into racist tropes).
The reading for the course will be a mix of case law, history books, first person essays, government studies and reports, statutes, and advocacy pieces.
All levels of Spanish welcome.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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