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UC Riverside Ethnic Studies Professor Alfredo Mirandé Reads Excerpts from New Book

‘Stanford Law Chronicles: Doin’ Time on the Farm’ details Mirandé’s law-school experiences

(February 13, 2006)

Alfredo Mirandé

Alfredo Mirandé

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Alfredo Mirandé, professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies and professor and chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside, will read excerpts from and sign copies of his latest book at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the Riverside County Law Library, 3989 Lemon St. in Riverside.

Mirandé’s new book is “The Stanford Law Chronicles: Doin’ Time on the Farm,” chronicling Mirandé’s time as a law student at Stanford University. The book, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, details the events in Mirandé’s life that prompted him to leave his work at UC Riverside to attend law school.

The publisher describes the book as “an extraordinary chronicle of the events in his life that led him to make this dramatic change, and a comprehensive, first-person account of the law school experience, written by a person of color. Mirandé delivers a powerful and moving critique of the obstacles he encountered and of systematic attempts to strip him of his identity and culture. He also reflects on the implications of an increasing number of women and minority law school students for law and legal education.”

”The Stanford Law Chronicles: Doin’ Time on the Farm” covers three years of Mirandé’s experiences at Stanford, wherein the author, according to the publisher, “describes the elitism and rigid hierarchies he encountered in the classroom and his resulting alienation and frustration. He also discusses law review and the Immigration Clinic where he successfully represented his first client … This controversial book is certain to spark lively debate.”

Richard Delgado, a University Distinguished Professor of Law & Derrick Bell Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, added his praise recently.
“Ten times better than the other stories of what it is like going through law school,” he wrote. “Mirandé’s book brings a social scientist’s critical eye to what goes on in the classroom, to competition for grades and law review membership, to the way white students and professors treat students of color at an elite school, and to a minority student’s struggle to make his legal education a force for social change.”

Mirandé teams teaching and research with a limited, largely pro bono law practice, specializing in criminal law and employment discrimination. His previous books include “The Age of Crisis,” “La Chicana,” “The Chicano Experience,” “Gringo Justice,” and “Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture.”

For more information on the book signing, call the Riverside County Law Library at (951) 955-6390.
cover of book

cover of book

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