Debra Evenson papers
Scope and Contents
The Debra Evenson papers reflect the research interests of Debra Evenson. During the course of her work, Eveson gathered notes, publications, and other documentation about aspects of law, society, culture, and government in Cuba.
- Majority of material found within 1985-1992
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
Debra Evenson was a legal expert on Cuba. She received a B.A. from Barnard College in 1964, and Juris Doctor in 1976 from Rutgers Law School. After receiving her J.D., she worked for a short time at a Wall Street firm before becoming an Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University in 1980. In 1982, Evenson traveled to Cuba for the first time, although her work gave her many opportunities to return. She represented the Cuban government in United States lawsuits through a New York law firm with a license to practice in Cuba. In 1993 she was awarded a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to research the role of the Cuban legal profession in the country's period of constitutional transition. Evenson's professional life included service as President of the National Lawyers Guild from 1988 to 1991 and President of the Board of Directors for the Latin American Institute for Alternative Legal Services (ILSA) from 1996 to 2003. In 2007, Evenson co-founded the Center for Inter-American Legal Education (CIALE). Evenson taught classes on the U.S. judicial system and constitutional law at the University of Havana, participated in international conferences concerning legal, economic and social issues in Cuba, and published two books as well as numerous articles. Debra Evenson passed away on August 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
8 Linear Feet (26 boxes)
Language of Materials
The arrangement of the Debra Evenson papers was imposed during processing. The files are organized into five series which are arranged alphabetically by title: Biographical Files, Cuban Government and Legal System, Cuban Social Issues, Cuban Culture and History, and Publications.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession 2003.28; 2012.47
M. Black 2006; M. McCoy 2012
- Cuba--Civilization--Archival resources Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Cuba--Social conditions--Archival resources--1959-1990 Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Culture and law--Archival resources--Cuba Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Law and socialism--Archival resources Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Law--Archival resources--Cuba Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Women lawyers--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to Debra Evenson papers
- M. Black 2006; M. McCoy 2012
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English