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Debra Evenson papers

Identifier: MSS0081

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.


  • 1959-2009
  • 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.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2003.28; 2012.47

Related Materials

Evenson, Debra. Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba. The Hague; London: Kluwer Law International, 2003. SpC. 349.7291 E93L2003; Evenson, Debra. Revolution in the Balance: Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba. Latin American Perspectives Series no. 14. Boulder: Westview Press, 1994

Processing Information

M. Black 2006; M. McCoy 2012

Guide to Debra Evenson papers
M. Black 2006; M. McCoy 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614