Course Description

LAWS 6105
Criminal/Immigration Advocacy for the Spanish-Speaking Client
General Description:
This course will address the legal procedures, pleadings and client advocacy matters involved in the representation of Spanish-speaking clients who have been arrested for criminal offenses and have also been issued a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible immigration removal proceedings. The class will begin with a basic overview of criminal defense concepts in the context of Spanish-speaking clients, and finish with an overview of how criminal defense attorneys must now be prepared to competently counsel their clients who are facing removal proceedings in the federal immigration system. We will also discuss cultural issues in the representation of Spanish-speaking clients, as well as aspects of poverty, class and race and their intersection with our legal justice system.

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LAWS 6105-001

Instructor(s): Violeta Chapin

Credits: 2

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Description: Criminal/Immigration Advocacy for the Spanish-Speaking Client is a practical advocacy course for students who are interested in one of the most current and controversial intersections in our legal system today: immigration law and the criminal justice system. The vast majority of people who find themselves in the crosshairs of these two systems in this country are monolingual Spanish-speakers, and the course will introduce students to working with interpreters to communicate with these clients, as well as beginning a working Spanish vocabulary of legal terms that pertain to this area of practice. This course is a must for those interested in practicing immigration law or criminal law, while at the same time improving your capabilities to work with Spanish-speaking clients in any setting.

Advice Info: Maymester