Law school: Learning to become the people we do not want to be?

Topic: Law school: Learning to become the people we do not want to be?
Segment: D Report
Participants: Raquel Anakalea , Law school Student , University of New Mexico School of Law
Broadcast Air Date: 1/26/16 KUCR 88.3 FM.
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
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Discussion Topics:
– Is the law racist?
– Can we make an effective change by going to law school?
– Can we be a voice for marginalized community?
– What are different master narratives that
– What is the difference between stating that the “law is unequal as applied” versus of the “law itself is unequal?”
– Was the law by “Western society” to put in place and organize a new Western society?
– Does the teaching of law create an “othering” of people via the language of us versus them?
– Were people of color included when US laws were established?
– Does going to law school change the way you see the world outside of law school?
– Is law school such a different world that it has its own language?
– Does the law school experience change if your classmates are a majority as the “unexpected law school students as a working class and people of color majority?”
– what if you attend a school where the majority of your classmates and professors are not allies?
– Why is Race and Gender discourse not engaged actively, even when the cases addressed in law school are about race and gender?
– the fight for visibility
– Does the US government accept Indigenous tribal communities selling of their legally constructed land titleship to non- indigenous private individuals?  Holding : No because the US government relies on the doctrine of discovery in order to invalidate indigenous people’s right to land claims.
Johnson v. M’Intosh ( 1823)
– How does the restrictions on what is said and how it is said, create processed that make us feel invisibilized?
-Does expressing that we feel unsafe as students result in more unsafety and vulnerability?
– How does law school teach to be competitive, combative and resolve conflict through battle?
-Are going to law school to be socialized to become the people we do not want to be?
– What happens if in the three or four years of attending school, we become different people?
– Will going to law school turn me into a bad person?
– Can we tell our professors that the phrase “off the reservation” is invisibilizing?
– Why to so many of us
– How do we protect ourselves in law school so we can recognize ourselves once we are done.
— Can we bring the law to the level of humans?
-Do we elevate the law to a magical text, when it’s just a paper that was written by people?
– Why do legal systems hide behind structures that were designed to maintain power.
– What is the difference between constitutional interpretations of originalism, textualism and living constitution?
-Is the system of the law messed up from the inside out?
-How do we build new spaces for us to be respected, fruitful and strong?

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