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Leticia Saucedo

Professor of Law


A.B., cum laude Political Science, Bryn Mawr College 1984

J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School 1996


Leticia Saucedo is an expert in employment, labor, and immigration law. She taught Torts and Immigration Law and co-directed the Immigration Law Clinic at the Wm. S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) until 2010. She has developed courses in international and domestic service learning that explore the immigration consequences of crime and domestic violence in a post-conflict society.

Saucedo earned her AB, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1984 and her JD, cum laude, in 1996 from Harvard Law School, where she was managing editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review. After law school, she served as briefing attorney to Chief Justice Thomas Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court. She then became an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson in New York City, where she was the recipient of the Fried Frank MALDEF Fellowship. From 1999 to 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.

Saucedo's research interests lie at the intersections of employment, labor, and immigration law. Her law review articles have appeared in Notre Dame Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Buffalo Law Review, the Richmond Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Harvard Latino Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Subject Areas

Immigration Law And Policy, Employment Discrimination Law, Clinical Legal Education, Critical Race Theory, Employment Law

Selected Career Highlights

  • Member, American Law Institute (2010-present)
  • Research Scholar, The Chief Justice Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (2008-Present)
  • Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2003-2010)
  • Visiting Professor, Duke University School of Law (2009)
  • Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, San Antonio, Texas (1999-2003)
  • Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, New York, NY (1997-1999)
  • Briefing Attorney, Chief Justice Thomas Phillips, Texas Supreme Court (1998-1997)
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard Law School, The Lawyering Process (1995-1996)
  • Law Clerk, Foley, Hoag & Eliot, Boston, MA (1995)
  • Law Clerk, Texas Rural Legal Aid, Eagle Pass, TX (1994)

Selected Publications

Immigration Enforcement Versus Employment Enforcement: The Case for Integrated Protections in the Immigrant Workplace, 38 Fordham Urban Law Journal 101 (forthcoming 2011)

Masculinities Narratives and Latino Immigrant Workers: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Residential Construction Trades (co-authored with Cristina Morales), 33 Harvard Journal of Law and Gender 625 (2010)

Three Theories of Discrimination in the Brown Collar Workplace, 2009 U. Chi. Legal Forum 345 (2009)

National Origin, Immigrants, and the Workplace: The Employment Cases in Latinos and the Law and the Advocates' Perspective, 12 Harvard Latino L. Rev. 53 (2009)

A New "U": Organizing Victims and Protecting Immigrant Workers, 42 Richmond L. Rev. 891 (2008)

The Illusion of Transformative Conflict Resolution: Mediating Domestic Violence in Nicaragua (co-authored with Raquel Aldana), 55 Buffalo  L. Rev. 1261 (2008)

Addressing Segregation in the Brown Collar Workplace: Toward a Solution for the Inexorable 100%, 41 Mich. J. L.R. 447 (2008)

The Employer Preference for the Subservient Worker and the Making of the Brown Collar Workplace, 67 Ohio State Law Journal 961 (2006)

The Browning of the American Workplace: Protecting Workers in Increasingly Latino-ized Occupations, 80 Notre Dame L. Rev. 303 (2004) (reprinted at 25 Immigr. & Nat'lity L. Rev. 379 (2004)

The Legal Issues Surrounding the TAAS Case, 22 Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 411 (2000)

Perceptions of Obstacles to Immigrant Organizing: A Study of Immigrant Workers in the Las Vegas Construction Industry, (work in progress)

Missing Voices in the U.S. Guest Worker Program Debate, (work in progress)

Nonimmigrant Visas, Removal Proceedings, in Understanding Immigration Law (Lexis-Nexis: 2009)

Masculinities Narratives and Latino Immigrant Workers: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Residential Construction Trades (co-authored with Cristina Morales), in Masculinities and the Law (Ashgate Press: forthcoming 2010)