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Latino student conference held at Loyola

September 16, 2011

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, along with Tulane University Law School, will co-host the 15th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Conference, Thursday, Sept. 29, through Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration is $70 per student.

The conference theme, “Crossroads: Changing Faces in New Beginnings,” recognizes the many contributions being made by Latinos in the rebuilding efforts taking place in New Orleans, which is itself a reflection of an increasingly diverse nation undergoing its own transformations. With this in mind, the topics presented at the conference will prominently focus on immigration reform, education reform, workers’ rights, and Latinos in the judiciary, among others. The conference will be an opportunity to unite various sectors of the legal profession to understand and tackle these urgent issues.

The keynote speaker will be the first Latino mayor of Providence, R.I., Angel Taveras. Raised by his single mother, Taveras went on to graduate with honors from Harvard University. He obtained his law degree from Georgetown University, after which he established himself as an esteemed litigator and a well-respected civic advocate, focusing on the field of voter disenfranchisement.

María Pabón López, J.D., dean of the College of Law will be a panelist for the presentation “Too Much of a Minority: Latin Women in The Affirmative Action Era.” López will speak about Latinas in academia, while Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola, will speak about gender, immigration and Constitutional law. The panel takes place on Friday, Sept. 30, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in College of Law, room 401. They will be joined by Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, attorney and vice president of the Cuban American Bar Association.

Other panelists at the conference include:

The weekend will feature:

  • Moot court competition at Loyola
  • Topical discussions and workshops addressing legal issues affecting the Latino community
  • Panel discussions offering strategies to succeed both during and after law school
  • Networking events and opportunities to enjoy the city’s cultural sights and vibrant nightlife
  • A community service event giving attendees a chance to make a positive contribution to the lives of Latino students in New Orleans

For more information about the conference, contact conference co-chairs Daniel A. Perez at daperez@loyno.edu or Ana Maria Rivera at arivera2@tulane.edu.

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