Colored Men and Hombres Aquai: Hernandez v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering

Synopsis

There had been earlier efforts to diversify juries, reaching back at least to the trial of Gregorio Cortez in 1901 and continuing with efforts by the legendary Oscar Zeta Acosta in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Even as recently as 2005 there has been clear evidence that Latino participation in the Texas jury system is still substantially unrepresentative of the growing population. But in a brief and shining moment in 1954, Mexican-American lawyers prevailed in a system that accorded their community no legal status and no respect. Through sheer tenacity, brilliance, and some luck, they showed that it is possible to tilt against windmills and slay the dragon. Edited and with an introduction by University of Houston law scholar Michael A. Olivas, Colored Men and Hombres Aqui is the first full-length book on this case. This volume contains the papers presented at the Hernandez at 50 conference which took place in 2004 at the University of Houston Law Center and also contains source materials, trial briefs, and a chronology of the case.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Michael A. Olivas
  • Laura E. Gómez
  • Ian Haney López
  • Kevin R. Johnson
  • Juan Francisco Perea
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Houston, TX
Publication year:
  • 2006