Screening of AC lass Apart Wednesday October 7 2009 by HC120914121735


									Preview of the Film

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                The New Jersey Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society,
              its cosponsors Active Voice, the American GI Forum of the United States,
         Equal Justice Society, the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, LatinoJustice PRLDEF,
                     Latino Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting System,
        and our host The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, present:

                                A Special Screening of
                                   "A Class Apart"
              A documentary film chronicling the landmark 14th Amendment case,
              Hernandez v. Texas, and winner of the 2009 Imagen Award for Best


                                   Wilfredo Caraballo
                   Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

                                   Carlos Sandoval
                        Producer and Director, A Class Apart; and
             Recipient of the Sundance Special Jury Prize (2004) for his film

                                              Moderated by:

                           The Honorable Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr.
                             Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey

                                 Wednesday, October 7, 2009
                                                6:30 p.m.

        The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

                                          Rutgers University
                                      John Cotton Dana Library
                                       185 University Avenue
                                        4th floor, Dana Room
                                             Newark, NJ

        There is no cost to attend this event thanks to the generous sponsorship of
                                 McCarter & English, LLP.

                                                RSVP here.

In the tiny town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernandez murdered tenant
farmer Joe Espinosa after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this unremarkable
small-town murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the
lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. "A Class Apart" tells the little-
known story of a band of underdog Mexican-American lawyers who took their case,
Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully
challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican-Americans.

In the landmark case, defense lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that
Mexican-Americans were "a class apart" and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that
recognized only blacks and whites. As legal skirmishes unfolded, the lawyers emerged
as brilliant, dedicated, humorous and at times terribly flawed men. This film
dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters -- activists and lawyers,
returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer, and victim -- within the broader
history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change.

Join us for a special screening of this remarkable film as we celebrate the 55th
anniversary of the first Supreme Court decision to guarantee civil rights for American

                          To see a preview of the film, please click here.

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