Michael Olivas describes Judge DeAnda as "our Thurgood Marshall." The comparison is perfect. James DeAnda was the youngest and last surviving member of the team that tried and won Hernández v. Texas, 347 U.S. 475 (1954). Though overshadowed by the contemporaneous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), Hernández remains a leading case on racially biased jury selection. Chief Justice Warren observed that the courthouse in Hernández had "two men's toilets, one unmarked, and the other marked 'Colored Men' and 'Hombres Aquí' ('Men Here')." As previously noted in this forum, Michael Olivas is the editor of Colored Men and Hombres Aquí: Hernández v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexican American Lawyering, the first book-length treatment of Hernández.
Y ahora se busca el Juez DeAnda entre las estrellas y los santos del cielo.