Recommended Readings: Unit 9

Recommended Readings: Unit 9

·          Alison Dundes Renteln, The Cultural Defense (Oxford University Press 2004)

·          Linda Friedman Ramirez (Ed.), Cultural Issues in Criminal Defense (Juris Publishing 3d Ed. 2010) (including chapter co-authored by Rene L. Valladares)

·          Judicature (March-April 2009) (symposium issue on cross-cultural justice, including 10 articles on the topic) (available from the American Judicature Society,                  

·          Alison Dundes Renteln, “Making Room for Culture in the Court,” 49 Judges’ Journal 7 (American Bar Association Spring 2010) 

·          Richard Willing, “Courts Asked to Consider Culture,” USA Today 3A (May 25, 2004) (available at                                                     

·          Doriane Lambelet Coleman, “Individualizing Justice Through Multiculturalism:  The Liberals’ Dilemma,” 96 Columbia Law Review 1093 (1996)

·          Amir Efrati, “Cultural Background Gains Traction As A Legal Defense,” Wall Street Journal A9 (July 2, 2009)

·          Miles Corwin, “Cultural Sensitivity on The Beat:  As Police Work in Increasingly Diverse Communities, Their Academies Are Emphasizing Recognition of Ethnic Customs,” Los Angeles Times (Jan. 10, 2000)

·          Dick Polman, “When Is Cultural Defense A Legal Defense?  Immigrants’ Native Traditions Clash With U.S. Law,” Seattle Times A1 (July 12, 1989)

·          Myrna Oliver, “Immigrant Crimes:  Cultural Defense – A Legal Tactic,” Los Angeles Times (July 15, 1988)

·          Richard Lacayo, “The ‘Cultural’ Defense,” Time 61 (Dec. 13, 1993)

·          Margaret Talbot, “Baghdad On The Plains,” The New Republic (Aug. 11, 1997) (available at )

·          Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – A Hmong Child , Her American Doctors , and The Collision of Two Cultures (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 1998)