Professor Montoya Receives Recognition from Law Journals

April 5, 2013

Professor Margaret E. Montoya

According to the Latino Education Task Force, Professor Margaret Montoya was one of the first to write about Identity and the masks some may use to show or hide themselves, especially as Latinas and, in her case, in the legal profession and they state, "she moved the world with this article". More information on the Latino Education Task Force's congratulations to Prof. Montoya can be found here.

The UCLA School of Law's 2013 CLLR Symposium entitled, "Un/Masking Power: The past, Present, and Future of Marginal Identities in Legal Academia", indicates it seeks to reflect on the impact that Professor Montoya's piece had for students as they traversed through their legal education, professionals who face similar challenges with respect to negotiating their marginalized identities, and professors who must face these challenges from different fronts (both institutionally and in their classrooms). The CLLR has opened the symposium up to scholars in other fields, stating on their website that they realize that these issues are not germane to the legal field and this wider inclusion will help to broaden their understanding of these issues.

More information on the UCLA School of Law's 2013 CLLR Symposium can be found here.

Professor Montoya, who is also a Latina alumna of Harvard University, was additionally honored by Harvard's Journal of Law & Gender (JL&G) on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Harvard Law School. Prof. Montoya's groundbreaking article, published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender almost twenty years ago, was celebrated while Prof. Montoya addressed the challenges and obstacles that face those who are (or perceive themselves to be) outsiders within legal education and discourse, and the negative effects this has for the legal community, according to the Harvard JL&G Journal's event showcase.

The event featured a panel discussion between Professors Margaret Montoya, Francisco Valdes, and Lani Guinier and was moderated by Prof. Laura Rosenbury. All are held out as prominent critical race and gender theorists. They reflected on Professor Montoya's article and what has changed and stayed constant since its publication date. A reception featured a showcase of student response pieces and a chance to further explore the themes raised by the panel discussion.