Gilbert Paul Carrasco

Professor of Law

Gilbert Paul Carrasco is an expert in civil rights law, immigration law and constitutional law. He is the author of three national casebooks and numerous law review articles. He has taught as a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark, Oregon, San Diego, Seton Hall and Willamette and as a tenured professor at Villanova and Willamette. He also studied for extended periods at Oxford, Stanford and George Washington.

Professor Carrasco gathered a wealth of practical experience in civil rights litigation in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a special assistant to the deputy assistant attorney general, then as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, and finally, as a consultant. Thereafter, he was lead counsel in nationwide class actions as directing attorney of the National Center for Immigrants' Rights (now the National Immigration Law Center) and was responsible for implementing the legalization program as the highest ranking American lawyer in the Catholic Church on immigration matters when he served as national director of Immigration Services for the U.S. Catholic Conference. In 2008, he joined the board of directors of the Oregon chapter of the American Constitution Society. The following year, he was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

Professor Carrasco teaches Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Sexuality and Discrimination. He is an active member of the bar of California, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • LLM, Georgetown University
  • JD, Santa Clara University
  • BA, University of San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • Appointed by the Governor, Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2009
  • Appointed, Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter of the American Constitution Society, 2008
  • Appointed by the Portland City Council, Chair of Historian Panel (to consider renaming of a street in honor of Cesar E. Chavez)
  • Appointed by the Governor, Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee, 2007
  • Honoree, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Equal Justice Awards, Washington, D.C., 2002
  • Elected, American Law Institute, 2002
  • Appointed, Governing Board of the Legal Defense Fund of the American Association of University Professors, 2002-08
  • Re-appointed, Diversity Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 2003-2004
  • Appointed Chair Amicus Curiae Committee, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2003
  • Filed Brief Amici Curiae as Counsel of Record on behalf of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in Grutter v. Bollinger, (affirmative action case), in support of respondents University of Michigan et al., in the Supreme Court of the United States


  • Everyday Law for Latino/as (with S. Bender, R. Aldana and J. Avila) Paradigm Publishers (2008) (2009 in paperback).
  • Sexuality and Discrimination: A Rights and Liberties Perspective. Law Casebook Series, Carolina Academic Press (2005).
  • "The Impact of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 on Latinos in the United Stats" and "The Bracero Program," Encycl. of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (S. Oboler & D. Gonzalez, eds.), Oxford U. Press (2004).
  • "The Civil Rights Act of 1957," in Major Acts of Congress (B. Landsberg, ed.), Macmillan Reference USA, (2003).
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Cases and Perspectives (with R. Brooks and M. Selmi) Carolina (3rd ed. 2005) (with 2007 Suppl., and Teacher’s Man.).
  • "Book Review, J. Williams, Race Discrimination in Public Higher Education: Interpreting Federal Civil Rights Enforcement, 1964-1996," Academy (Jan. 1999).
  • "Latinos in the United States: Invitation and Exile," in Immigrants Out!: The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States, (J. Perea ed.) NYU Press (1997), reprinted in The Latino/a Condition: A Critical Reader (Delgado & Stefancic, eds.) (1998).
  • "Public Wrongs, Private Rights: Private Attorneys General for Civil Rights," 9 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 321 (1998)
  • "Congressional Arrogation of Power: Alien Constellation in the Galaxy of Equal Protection," 74 B.U. L. Rev. (1994).
  • "Introduction, Symposium on Hate Speech and the First Amendment - On a Collision Course?," 37 Vill. L. Rev. 723 (1992).
  • "Effecting Social Change through Legal Scholarship," 10 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 161 (1991).
  • Immigration and Nationality Law: Cases and Materials (with R. Boswell), Carolina Academic Press (1991); 2d ed. (1992)(with Suppl. Teachers' Man.).
  • "'Unalienable Rights,' the Preamble, and the Ninth Amendment: The Spirit of the Constitution" (with Rodino), 20 Seton Hall L. Rev. 498 (1990)
  • "The Implementation of the American Legalization Experiment in Recent Retrospect," 11 In Defense of the Alien 30 (1989).
  • "The Golden Moment of Legalization," 10 In Defense of the Alien 32 (1988).
  • The Law of Discrimination (with R. Brooks and M.Selmi), Lexis/Nexis (2011).