When Equality Ends: Stories about Race and Resistance

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8
Rodrigo's Committee
Assignment

A Skeptical Look at Judicial Independence

Introduction: In Which Rodrigo Encounters
Me in an Embarrassing Situation and I Learn
About His Unusual Committee Assignment

I had been sitting glumly on the cold, hard bench in the long marble hall of the city courthouse when a familiar voice shook me from my reverie:

"Professor! What are you doing here?"

"Rodrigo," I stammered, rising, then awkwardly shaking the hand of my young friend and protégé. "I might say the same. You're the last person I expected to see here. I'm waiting for my lawyer. What about you? Are you here to represent someone?"

Rodrigo laughed, then said, "No, I'm here for a meeting in the chambers of the chief judge. It's for a regional bar committee that the dean volunteered me for." Looking up at the sign overhead labeled CRIMINAL DIVISION, Rodrigo added incredulously, "You aren't being charged with something, are you?"

"I'm sorry to say I am," I said, hanging my head. "For the first time in my life. I haven't even had a parking ticket in twenty years, and now this."

"What did you do—I mean, allegedly?" Rodrigo asked.

I sighed. "It's a long story." Rodrigo gestured that he wanted to hear, so I went on. "I was crossing the street in front of the law school in the com

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • 1 - Rodrigo's Book Bag 1
  • 2 - Rodrigo's Road Map 27
  • 3 - What's Wrong with Neoliberalism 55
  • 4 - Rodrigo's Chromosomes 79
  • 5 - Latinos and the Black-White Binary 109
  • 6 - Conflict as Pathology 127
  • 7 - Rodrigo's Book of Manners 143
  • 8 - Rodrigo's Committee Assignment 163
  • 9 - The Problem with Lawyers 189
  • 10 - Rodrigo's Notebook 223
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