July 23, 2018

Hispanic legal conference June 28 in New York to cover immigration, lessons from Nuremberg

CHICAGO, June 22, 2018 — A unique half-day conference in New York will pair legal issues of interest to the Hispanic community with those of the Jewish population to highlight similar experiences fighting bigotry, hate, discrimination and oppression. It is sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities.

The event will be held Thursday, June 28, 1:30 to 4:45 p.m., at the American Jewish Committee Global Headquarters, 165 E. 56th Street, New York. The program is free and qualifies for CLE credit for lawyers.

The conference will feature two panels:

·        “Nuremberg Lessons in Today’s Political Climate” — The panel will discuss legal complicity in the Holocaust and a lawyer’s responsibility to stop discrimination and hate. It will cover issues of legal process (ex post facto and duty of representation) at Nuremberg, knowing anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry when you see it, current institutional attacks on specific groups (such as Muslims and Hispanics) and the unleashing of bigotry. Panelists are John Q. Barrett, professor at St. John’s University School of Law and author of an upcoming biography of Nuremberg prosecutor Robert H Jackson; Ruti Teitel, professor at New York Law School and authority on international human rights; and former judge Ernst Rosenberger, now of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, who defended Freedom Riders in Mississippi in 1961 and worked on voting rights cases in the South in the 1960s.

·        “Restrictive Immigration Policies and the Current Political Climate” — Panelists will discuss anti-immigrant sentiment and its potential to contribute to more restrictive immigration laws; compare previous waves of immigration with the current immigration flow by examining the issues of unaccompanied minors, escape from poverty, violence and discrimination; and ask what lawyers can do to ensure due process rights for documented and undocumented immigrants. Panelists are Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF in New York; Eleanor Acer, director of refugee protection at Human Rights First; Jojo Annobil, executive director of Immigrant Justice Corps; and Leon Rodriguez, partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Washington, D.C.

The program is free and open to members of the press. You can register here.

The commission, created in 2012, addresses challenges and responsibilities facing Hispanics in the United States legal system.

For more information on the commission, visit ambar.org/chlrr.  For more information on the program, contact Nancy Andrade at nancy.andrade@americanbar.org.

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