U. S. Senator Dennis Chavez

On Tuesday, April 22nd, approximately 250 attended the lecture by Professor Richard Delgado, of the Alabama University School of Law, who was the second U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez Endowed Lecturer.

Cissie Coy, the granddaughter of Senator Dennis Chavez, introduced the speaker. She is the co-writer of a book about the life and times of El Senador, focusing on his concerns for human rights, democratic government, and post-WWII growth.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Professor Richard Delgado spoke on “Delgado’s Darkroom: Critical Reflections on Land Claims and Chicano Legal Education.”

One of the leading commentators on race in the United States, Richard Delgado has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, NPR, the Fred Friendly Show, and Canadian NPR. As the author of over 150 journal articles and twenty seven books, his work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America.

The family of Dennis Chavez and representatives of the Dennis Chavez Foundation, who established the endowment for the lectureship/symposium on Law and Civil Rights, were acknowledged by David Herring, dean of the law school, and the audience.

After the lecture, guests enjoyed a reception and socializing. The audience included members of the Bench and Bar, government officials, local businesses, law school alumni, as well as faculty, staff, and students of the law school. The event was free and open to the public.