Chiquitasode: How to Apply to Law School

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia talks with law school classmate and good friend, Lincoln Mitchell, about applying to law school. They go through all the components and answer listener questions, specifically about the GPA, LSAT, resumé, personal & diversity statements, letters of recommendation, financial aid, and a few others. One additional tip on letters of recommendation – send your recommenders your resumé, transcript, draft of your statements, and anything else that will help them write a richer letter.

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Financial Aid Links

Here are some links to places that either give scholarships or have a list of scholarships:

*this list will be updated as we find more*


Undocumented Students

Berkeley has some information here about financial aid for undocumented students. Here’s an article on the efforts to remove the bar admission for undocumented students.


Lawyer without Law School

Here’s a website that offers guidance/information on how to become a lawyer without going to law school.

17: Rest in Power Marielle Franco

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the tragic and infuriating murder of Marielle Franco, break down the DeShaney v. Winnebago County DSS case, a due process decision born of a tragic incident of neglect that led to a young boy having permanent brain damage, and share what “democratizing knowledge” means to them.  They shame Brazil for its genocide against afro-descendants and the US for its unwillingness to affirmatively act for its people. 

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Current Event: Assassination of Marielle Franco

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Marielle Franco, Councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro

Read more about Marielle Franco’s advocacy, death, and response here: “Say Her Name: Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Politician who Fought for Women and the Poor, was Killed. Her Death Sparked Protests Across Brazil” by Kiratiana Freelon on The Root.

“Killing of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Critical of Police Rattles Brazil” by Ernesto Londoño includes the quotes from President Temer. Read it here in The New York Times.

To learn more about the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro read this: “Brazil’s Military is Put in Charge of Security in Rio de Janeiro” by Ernesto Lodoño and Shasta Darlington in The New York Times.


Case: DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services

Read the full case and listen to the oral arguments here.

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Joshua DeShaney.

Linda Greenhouse wrote a column on the legacy of Joshua’s case after his death, “The Supreme Court and a Life Barely Lived,” for The New York Times, read it here.

To learn more about the international human rights case mentioned, read here.


Recommendations

Yvette recommended Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Buy it on Amazon here.

Cynthia recommended folks consider fostering and/or adopting.

15: Call It What It Is

For episode 15, Cynthia and Yvette take it back to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, or any black person, could not be a citizen of the US (a decision later overturned by the 14th amendment), call out the FBI’s racist practices, and dive into “gaslighting.” They note the importance of unpacking the US’ horrific history of slavery, point out the dangers of complacency around government surveillance, and give tips for how to recognize when you are being GASLIGHTED.

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!
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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Case: Dred Scott v. John Sandford

Get a quick overview of the case and read the full opinion here.

Here is the video of Ben Carson referring to enslaved people brought to the US by violent force as “immigrants.”


Current Event: “Black Identity Extremist”

Read about the FBI’s category here:

Read more about past targeting of black organizations and leaders by the FBI here: The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar


Deep Thoughts: Gaslighting

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The 1944 movie!

Here’s an article that goes over gaslighting: From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting by Katy Waldman


Recommendations

Yvette recommended watching the Maze Runner (trailer below) which is in theaters now!

Cynthia recommended supporting and buying art from @iuneveno_art (see below)! #supportblackart

Also, check out the dope podcast ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? which is a bilingual podcast about Latinos in the Heart of our Country. If you want to hear stories of immigration, Latino art and culture, Latinos in the military and more, check it out.

1: We Dropped the Diminutive

In the break-out episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the recent detention of an immigration activist in LA, navigating an elite law school as Latina women, and Justice Sotomayor’s (arguably) most powerful dissent. They share their practice of self-care, shade white feminist jurisprudence, and critique the hypocrisy of conservatives’ free speech platform.

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