Distinguished Teaching Award
Professor Leticia Saucedo is the recipient of the 34th Annual William and Sally Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award.
Leticia Saucedo traces her passion for law back to her childhood in a Texas border town, an experience that sparked an interest in immigration, employment law, and social justice, and which inspires her scholarship and teaching today.
Professor Saucedo earned her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1984, and following a stint in Nicaragua with the group Witness for Peace, and several years as a community organizer in inner-city Philadelphia and Boston, she enrolled in Harvard Law School, where she was managing editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1996. She served as briefing attorney to Chief Justice Thomas Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court, and worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson in New York, where she was the recipient of the Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship. From 1999-2003, she worked as a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio, Texas, where she litigated employment and education cases.
In 2003, she joined the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where she co-directed the Immigration Law Clinic and conducted research on the intersections of employment, labor, and immigration law, publishing articles in leading academic journals. In 2010, she accepted an offer to come to UC Davis School of Law, where she is Director of Clinical Education and teaches Immigration Law and Employment Law.
Professor Saucedo is a passionate believer in the importance of clinical education. "I have come to believe that experiential teaching is the most effective way to get students to apply the theoretical aspects of the law in real-world situations that prompt them to think deeply about not only what they'll be doing in the real world when they practice but also broader issues of social justice."
Professor Saucedo will be presented with the award at the 34th Annual Distinguished Teaching Award and Scholarship Recognition Celebration Dinner on March 14, 2013 in the ballroom of the new UC Davis Conference Center.
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