Alfredo Mirandé is a Rebellious Lawyer.
Excerpted from Alfredo Mirandé Gonzalez, ALFREDO’S JUNGLE CRUISE: CHRONICLES ON LAW, LAWYERING, AND LOVE, 33 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1347 (2000):
“No me escribistes, y mis cartas anteriores no se si las recibistes. Tu me olvidastes, y mataron mis amores el silencio que me distes …. Haber si a esta si le das contestacion EUFEMIA! Del amor pa que te escribo. Aqui quedo como amigo. Tu atento y muy seguro servidor.
— Carta a Eufemia, traditional Mexican song
You didn’t write to me, and I don’t know whether you received my previous letters. You forgot about me, and your silence has killed my love …. Let’s see if you will answer this one EUFEMIA! Why should I even bother to write to you about love. I remain your friend; your attentive and loyal servant.
— Letter to Eufemia”
“[A] concern is that I sense that some of the people in the class may be lacking ganas (passion). You know we are reading these great articles and trying to do something that is pretty innovative, and some people seem unfazed by the whole thing. I sometimes feel like the class is something that is being done to them, rather than something that they are doing. I just wish that there were more enthusiasm, more spark, more fire, more passion. Yes, I want passion! I need it to keep going.”
“Do you think I am being unfair? Are my expectations unrealistic? Am I expecting them to act like graduate students? They are, after all, undergraduate prelaw students. I thought about it, and I don’t think I am expecting too much because I have set the same standard before and people have met it. Let me give you an example. The other day we were talking about the frustration that comes from feeling that you are being exploitative with the various groups because you come in, use the group for your purposes, and then the quarter ends and you are gone. I asked what can you do? One of the students, Sabita, who has not talked much, paused thoughtfully and said, “you get them so that they can do things for themselves,” or words to that effect. This was such a simple answer, but the most profound answers are often that simple. I thought it really was a great answer that kind of integrated a lot of the stuff that we have been reading about in Jerry Lopez’s book Rebellious Lawyering.”
“A final issue that arose in the class that has significant implications for rebellious lawyering and advocacy on behalf of subordinated groups centered around “voice,” representation, and authenticity. For some time now, critical race theorists, and more recently LatCrit scholars, have been arguing not only that subordinated groups have been excluded from law and legal discourse but that such groups have a unique voice and perspective that the law needs to incorporate. Narrative is a mechanism for attempting to incorporate the voices of the excluded into law.”
Partial list of works by Alfredo Mirandé: