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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