Carrasco Nominated for Hispanic Affairs Commission

The College of Law is pleased to announce that Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco was nominated for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Gov. Ted Kulongoski in early May. The commission, which is 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 Oregon.

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.

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. 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, who expects to testify on the nomination for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs for final confirmation within the month, 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.”