"Doorways of Discretion: Psychological Science and the Legal Construction and Erasure of Racism"



Shines a light on the ways in which civil procedure may privilege—or silence—voices in our justice system

In today’s increasingly hostile political and cultural climate, law schools throughout the country are urgently seeking effective tools to address embedded inequality in the United States legal system. A Guide to Civil Procedure aims to serve as one such tool by centering questions of systemic injustice in the teaching, learning, and practice of civil procedure.

Featuring an outstanding group of diverse scholars, the contributors illustrate how law school curriculums often ignore issues such as race, gender, disability, class, immigration status, and sexual orientation. Too often, students view the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, immigration/citizenship controversy, or LGBTQ+ issues as mere footnotes to their legal education, often leading to the marginalization of many students and the production of graduates that do not view issues of systemic injustice as central to their profession.

A Guide to Civil Procedure reveals how procedure is, and always has been, a central pressure point in the struggle to eradicate structural inequality and oppression through the courts. This book will give students and scholars alike a more complex view of their roles as attorneys, sharpen their litigation skills, and provide a stronger sense of community and purpose in the law school classroom.

Includes the chapter "Doorways of Discretion: Psychological Science and the Legal Construction and Erasure of Racism" by Maurer Professor Victor D. Quintanilla.


9781479805938 (hb.), 9781479805976 (ebook)

Publication Date



New York University Press


New York, New York


Federal rules, Civil procedure, Pretrial case management, Race


Civil Procedure | Judges | Law | Law and Race


Coleman, Brooke; Malveaux, Suzette; Pedro, Portia; and Porter, Elizabeth (eds.) A Guide to Civil Procedure: Integrating Critical Legal Perspectives (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2022)

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Copies available in the Jerome Hall Law Library KF 8840.A2 G85 2022