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North America Innovative Lawyers 2017: Rule of Law and Access to Justice - Law firms and legal service providers

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Total innovation score26
CommentDrawing on the first and 14th amendments, the firm successfully overturned the Mexican-American studies ban in Tucson, Arizona. Lawyers proved that the programme was crucial to graduation and pass rates of Mexican-American students, and that lawmakers responsible for the ban had been racially motivated. The successful challenge has been critical in protecting the voice of Mexican-Americans, acknowledging their place in the American narrative and preserving their history and culture.