Education

  • J.D., University of New Mexico, 1975
  • B.A., Eastern New Mexico University, 1972

License to Practice

  • Texas
  • New Mexico
  • Kansas

Specialties and Courses

  • Constitutional law
  • Professional responsibility
  • Catholic legal perspectives
  • Human trafficking

Biography

Piatt specializes in Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility Catholic Perspectives and Human Trafficking. Prior to moving to San Antonio, Piatt served as an assistant attorney general in New Mexico and later assistant public defender. He has taught and practiced law in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Texas and has taught and lectured internationally in Spain, Mexico, Austria, China, Chile and Argentina.

He also served as Dean of St. Mary’s University from 1998 to 2007. As Dean, he obtained full accreditation of the School of Law evening program in 2007. Other accomplishments include the creation of the first-in-the-nation Center for Terrorism Law, the expansion of the campus ministry programs, and the implementation of fundraising effort to build a high-tech courtroom.

He has published and been cited on a broad range of subjects including gender, immigration, minority rights, human trafficking, legal education, Catholicism, constitutional law and equal protection. He has engaged in many international colloquia and projects in South America and Mexico.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Eastern New Mexico University, 1997
  • Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America, 1998, for my book, Black and Brown in America.
  • Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America, 1994, for my book, “Language on the Job,”
  • Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, 1994, Choice Magazine, for my book, “Language on the Job”
  • Outstanding article in the Houston Law Review in 1996, Houston Law Review Alumni Award, for my article, “Toward Domestic Recognition of a Human Right to Language.”

Publications

Books

  • Slavery in the Southwest: Genizaro Identity, Dignity and the Law (with Moises Gonzales, Carolina Academic Press, 2019)
  • Human Trafficking (with Cheryl Taylor Page, Carolina Academic Press, 2016).
  • Catholic Legal Perspectives, 3rd Edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2018).
  • Black and Brown in America: The Case for Cooperation (New York University Press, 1997). The book was named, “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America” in 1998 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
  • Immigration Law: Cases and Materials (Michie, 1994).
  • Language on the Job: Balancing Business Needs and Employee Rights (University of New Mexico Press, 1993). The book was named, “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in North America” in 1994 by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and was also selected as an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year by Choice Magazine in 1994.
  • ¿Only English? Law and Language Policy in the United States. (University of New Mexico Press, Spring, 1990)
  • A Layperson’s Guide to New Mexico Law, Center for Business Services, New Mexico State University, 1977.
    Articles in Periodicals
    • “Catholic Perspectives on Family Law”, in Through a Clear Lens: American Law From a Catholic Perspective (Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Group, Inc., 2015).
    • “Attorney As Interpreter”, in The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, eds. N.Y.U. Press 1998, and in the second ed., 2011).
    • “The Confusing State of Minority Language Rights”, in Language Loyalties: A Source Book on the Official English Controversy (James Crawford, ed., U. of Chicago Press 1992).
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