Scope and Content
Title: Mendez v. Westminster : research materials,
Date (inclusive): 1879-1995
Collection number: Special Collections M0938
Arriola, Christopher J.
2 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Gift of Christopher J. Arriola, 1997
[Identification of item] Mendez v. Westminster : research materials, M0938, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University
Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Christopher Arriola is currently working for the Los Angeles District Attorney (1997). He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall
School of Law, Univ. of California at Berkeley, 1995, and his A.B. from Stanford University, in 1992. He was originally a
graduate of El Modena High School.
Scope and Content
The study of a legal case involving public school discrimination in the Orange County town of El Modena. The case, Mendez
v. Westminster, traveled from then rural Orange County, all the way to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, where the court
held that Mexican Americans could not be discriminated against on the basis of national origin. Arriola did a case study of
Mexican school segregation in Orange County, in particular in El Modena, and legal analysis of the issues surrounding the
Mendez case. Included are interviews, historical material, clippings, case abstracts, finished papers, etc.
Gonzalez, Gilbert G.
Haas, Mary Lisbeth.
Mendez, Gonzalo--Trials, litigation, etc.
Treff, Simon Ludwig.
Westminster School District (Orange County, Calif.)
Discrimination in education--Orange County--History.
Educational law and legislation--Orange County.
Segregation in education--Law and legislation--United States.