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Before we undertake teaching our students about cross-cultural competence, we need to examine carefully our own practices, and those of our colleagues and institutions, to ensure that we are not complicit in the very practices of cross-cultural “incompetence” that we hope to train our students to avoid. While there is a substantial body of scholarship on teaching this competence to our students, there is less written about practicing it ourselves as teachers and members of academic institutions. This essay will examine the latter subject and will hopefully provide some productive suggestions on ways to expand cross-cultural competence for our law schools and ourselves.


This essay is chapter 15 in Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader. Carolina Academic Press (2011). Posted with permission.