Texas Tech School of Law Teaches American Justice to Mexican Lawyers for U.S. AID project

Texas Tech University School of Law will serve as host to two Mexican lawyers attending an Innocence Project Clinic through July 5.

Texas Tech University School of Law will serve as host to two Mexican lawyers attending an Innocence Project Clinic through July 5.

Ariadna Camacho and Diana Cristal González will participate as part of the U.S. AID project, which involves higher education partnerships between Mexican and U.S. law schools.

The particular focus Texas Tech has been invited to participate in is a project that will provide Mexican lawyers and law schools with an introduction to oral advocacy and defense as practiced in the United States.

"Mexico is undergoing a profound change in the criminal justice system," said Jorge A. Ramírez, director of the law school’s International Programs. "During the past year, Mexico initiated the transition from a written, inquisitorial system, in which judges decide cases based on reading documentary evidence, to an adversarial system centered on oral arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

"We are, for all practical purposes, involved in a project that is helping to make Mexico’s legal system look more like our own, which is probably one of the biggest legal changes in Mexico since the revolution."

CONTACT: Casey Carson, director, Alumni Relations, (806) 742-3990, ext. 315, casey.carson@ttu.edu; Cristal González, attorney, (818) 859-5292.