The Law Library’s “Cuban Connection”

As a youngster growing up in Hialeah, Florida in the 1960’s and early 70’s, I had many friends who either were born in Cuba and emigrated to South Florida, or who were born shortly after their parents made the trip. Some of them remain my closest friends still. Cuba, its politics, and refugees from the island who lived in what was then Dade County were a big part of everyday life. When I arrived at UC nearly nine years ago to lead the law library staff, I was told a little about Jorge Luis Carro, who served as one of my predecessors from 1976 to 1986, and as acting dean of the College of Law from 1978 to 1979. Chelsea Jordan and Edwin W. Patterson III have authored a fascinating article about Professor Carro in the December issue of CBA Report, the monthly magazine of the Cincinnati Bar Association. The article recounts Carro’s life in Cuba, his role during and after Castro’s revolution, and the life he led in the U.S. after he joined his family here in 1967. The article is a must-read for those who are interested in U.S.-Cuba relations, and for friends of the law school and the law library.

-Ken Hirsh

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