Saturday, November 10,
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Citizenship and Human Rights
(Abstract available in conference program)
Bryant Smith Chair in Law, University of Texas School of
Law, Austin, TX, USA.
Professor Torres is former president of the Association of
American Law Schools (AALS). A leading figure in critical race
theory, Torres is also an expert in agricultural and
environmental law. He came to UT Law in 1993 after teaching at
The University of Minnesota Law School, where he also served as
associate dean. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney
general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of
the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as
counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.
His latest book,
Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power,
Transforming Democracy (Harvard
University Press, 2002) with Harvard law
professor Lani Guinier, was described by
Publisher's Weekly as "one of the most
provocative and challenging books on race
produced in years." Torres' many articles
include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard
Law Review, 2002), "Who Owns the Sky?" (Pace
Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture),
"Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value,
and Private Right" (Environmental Law,
1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent
and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke
Law Journal, 1990).
Torres has served on the board of the
Environmental Law Institute, the National
Petroleum Council and on EPA's National
Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations and
the American Law Institute. Torres was honored
with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational
Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal
rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting
professor at Harvard and Stanford law schools.
- Who is an Indian?: The
Story of United States v.
Goldberg, Kevin K. Washburn &
Philip P. Frickey, eds.; New
York: Foundation Press, 2011).
- "We're on the Move"
[Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Lecture], 14
Clark Law Review 355
- Sex Lex: Creating a
The Scholarship of Catherine
Review 45 (2010).
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