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ABA panel to address immigration reform, Latino underrepresentation and access to legal services

ABA panel to address immigration reform, Latino underrepresentation and access to legal services

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2013 — Latino leaders, activists and legal experts  will discuss the status of immigration reform, Latino underrepresentation and access to legal services at the American Bar Association panel “The Latino Impact: Immigration, Voting Rights and Diversity of Latinos in the Legal Profession” on Nov. 6 in Washington.

What:
“The Latino Impact: Immigration, Voting Rights and Diversity of Latinos in the Legal Profession”

Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

When:    
Nov. 6, 1 – 2:30 p.m.      

Where:   
American Bar Association
John Marshall Conference Room, 5th Floor
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The panel discussion will focus on the influence of the Hispanic vote in elections, the status of immigration reform, Latino underrepresentation in federal and state legislatures and voter suppression. Panelists will also address the need for access to legal services and Latino lawyers — which make up only 3.3 percent of the entire profession — as the legal community moves to strengthen the justice system and reflect the public it serves. 

Panelists include:

  • State Rep. Trey Martínez Fischer, D-Texas
  • Peter M. Reyes Jr., immediate past president, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Gaby Pacheco, immigrant rights leader and director of the Bridge Project
  • James R. Silkenat, president, American Bar Association

The ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities identifies and addresses legal issues affecting the Latino community, including voting rights, civil rights and immigration, among several areas of interest. The goal is to determine how the ABA can continue to pursue and improve upon its commitment to righting the wrongs of discrimination of Latinos, who numbered about 50.5 million in 2010 and represent the fastest-growing group in our nation.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or Maria.Gutierrez@americanbar.org.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.ambar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.

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