Gilbert Paul CarrascoGilbert Paul Carrasco

    Law Professor Appointed to Hispanic Affairs Commission

    Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently appointed Willamette Law Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The commission, comprised of nine appointees, the speaker of the House and the Senate president, works for the implementation of economic, social, legal and political equality of Hispanics in the state.

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

    He gathered a wealth of practical experience in civil rights litigation in Washington, D.C. Carrasco 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. He also worked in the National Center for Immigrants' Rights and as the 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.

    Carrasco said he hopes "to bring legal expertise to the policy positions the commission takes and to assist in initiating and developing responses to legislative proposals that implicate the rights of Latinos in Oregon."