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Document Details


Title: Yanez, Linda
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Yáñez talks about her family history and genealogy and describes early childhood memories of race discrimination in the public schools and the community. She elaborates upon the reasons for her higher education pursuits including earning her law degree at Texas Southern University. Yáñez tells about the events that led to her dismissal as a public schoolteacher in Texas following her decision to become politically active in Raza Unida activities. She credits then Governor Bill Clements for helping her get a fresh start as a schoolteacher in a different district. Yáñez gives details about her early law career in Chicago as a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation where she gained her experience and reputation as an immigration attorney. She tells about her experiences working on President Clinton's transition team for immigration matters. Yáñez relates the circumstances of her appointment to the Texas Court of Appeals by Governor Ann Richards and she details the duties, responsibilities, and procedures of appellate judges. She also gives details regarding how appellate judges finance and manage their elections. She concludes the interview by telling about her experiences that have resulted in a personal feud with the U. S. Border Patrol, whom she accuses of racial profiling of Mexican Americans.
Extent: 110 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_105.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1997 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Yanez, Linda Reyna, 1948-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 30-Nov-1948
Speaker occupation: Lawyer
Age at speaking: 49
Document location: Edinburg, TX
Document date: 02-Jan-1997
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Locations discussed: Chicago, IL; Edinburg, TX; Illinois; Massachusetts; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Chicago, IL; Edinburg, TX; Education; Education, Higher; Emigration and immigration; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American women; Illinois; Law; Law--Texas; Law--United States; Lawyers; Massachusetts; North America; Oral history; Practice of law; Racism; Texas; United States; Women lawyers
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000257-202