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News Posted on July 21, 2017

Professor Chin Comments on Cemetery Segregation for National Public Radio

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin commented for a report on the National Public Radio program Latino USA on the continuing segregation of cemeteries in Texas. In some Texas cities, ordinances and regulations barring people of color from being buried alongside whites in city cemeteries are still on the books, despite state and federal laws prohibiting racial discrimination.

Though laws and policies segregating cemeteries can be successfully challenged in court, they still “have effects,” Chin said. “They have no legal enforceability, but nevertheless, people obey them.”

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Legal Education, and holder of the Edward L. Barrett Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.