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Al Kauffman

Al Kauffman

Professor of Law
St. Mary's University School of Law

One Camino Santa Maria

Al Kauffman is a Professor of Law at St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, teaching courses on education, state and federal procedure and constitutional law. After leaving MALDEF in 2002 after 20 years of work there, Al worked at Harvard and Berkeley as a researcher on education civil rights. He was also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Al was a civil rights litigator for 28 years, specializing in the education, voting, and employment rights of Latinos.

As a MALDEF attorney, Mr. Kauffman was the lead attorney for plaintiffs in the Texas school finance cases, for Latino plaintiffs in the Texas Higher Education System finance and desegregation case and in litigation challenging Texas's use of the TAAS test for graduation from Texas high schools. He has also litigated affirmative action cases, local and state voting rights, employment discrimination cases, immigration and hospital admission policy cases.

Mr. Kauffman has been an advocate on civil rights issues, and was one of a small team of experts involved with passing Texas's 10% plan for admission to universities and Texas’s recent changes to its admissions and scholarship criteria for public graduate and professional schools. He was selected in 2010 as one of the "The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter-Century" by Texas Lawyer. In 2015, MALDEF gave Al its "Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Legal Service" award.

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