March 08, 2018

Saenz to headline Hispanic Legal Conference March 27 in Dallas

CHICAGO, March 8, 2018 – Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund, will be the featured panelist at a half-day conference in Dallas on the future of America’s Hispanic community. It is the first of five nationwide conferences on the subject sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 27, 1:30 to 5 p.m., at AT&T headquarters, 209 S. Akard St. The program qualifies for CLE credit for lawyers.

Sanez is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney who has led the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund since 2009. As former counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he helped lead efforts to change the governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The conference will feature two panels:

  • An In-Depth Look at the Future of Hispanics: Sanctuary Cities, SB4 and the Current Status of Immigration Reform. Panelists will include Saenz, Texas State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Cedillo-Pereia of the Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and Austin lawyer Gloria Leal.

  • The Disappearing Mexican American Law Student, the Future of Latinos in the U.S. and Legal Issues Associated with Community Development and its Impact on the Hispanic Community. Panelists will include Luz Elena Herrera of Texas A&M University School of Law, William Weaver of the University of Texas at El Paso and Hilda Galvan of Jones Day.

Tickets are available for $100. An early-bird discount of $10 is available for people who register by March 12.  Discounted rates of $50 are available for nonprofit and government attorneys.  Attendees may be eligible for a free six-month ABA trial membership. The event is co-sponsored by Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, Polsinelli and other friends of the commission.

Other conferences on the same subject, also sponsored the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, will be held this spring in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Miami. The commission, created in 2012, addresses challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in the United States legal system.

To register for the conference and for more information on the commission, visit  For more information on the conference, contact Nancy Andrade at

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