Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights

Founded in 2005, the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights aims to positively affect change in our nation’s Latino communities.

The institute brings together law students, practitioners, academics, scholars and activists to promote discussion of legal issues important to Latinos. Through a rigorous academic curriculum, challenging clinical work, community service, and innovative scholarship, the institute educates and supports NYU law students as they enter into public service careers on behalf of Latino communities.

Lifting the Bar: Undocumented Law Graduates & Access to Law Licenses

The Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Right's latest report can be accessed here.

Annual Symposium

The Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law hosted its third annual symposium entitled, “A Force for Change: Advancing the Rights of the Latino Community,” on Friday, February 21, 2014 at NYU School of Law. 

This national symposium brought together experienced practitioners, renowned academics, organizers, advocates, and law students from across the country to discuss the various areas in which the rights of the Latino community are being advanced or defended, from voting rights to local anti-immigrant ordinances to higher education.

Symposium Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.. Registration: Register for conference, pick up set of written materials, and enjoy complimentary coffee and continental breakfast

9:05 - 9:15 a.m.. Introductory Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.. A Vote, A Voice: The Importance of the Voting Rights Act

Moderator: Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Senior Attorney and Director of Voter Protection, Advancement Project.
Panelists: William Brewer, Partner, Bickel & Brewer Storefront; Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and Ana Reyes, City Council member for the City of Farmers Branch, Texas.

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.. - 12:30 p.m.. Lessons Learned from the Front Lines: Challenging Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances in the Midst of a National Call for Reform

Moderator: Julia Preston, National Immigration Correspondent, The New York Times.
Panelists: Jose Perez, Deputy General Counsel, LatinoJustice/PRLDEF; C. Dunham Biles, Partner, Bickel & Brewer Storefront; and Andre Segura, Attorney at the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

12:30 p.m.. - 1:30 p.m.. Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.. - 3:00 p.m.. Realizing the Dream: Promoting Access to Education and Bar Admissions for Undocumented Students

Moderator: Alina Das, Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Director of the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law.
Panelists: Sergio Garcia, Undocumented Attorney; Cesar Vargas, Executive Political Director of the DREAM Action Coalition.

3:00 p.m.. Closing Remarks

The symposium is scheduled for Friday, February 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.. to 3:30 p.m.. at NYU School of Law, Lipton Hall, 108 West Third Street. There is no cost to attend the symposium. Lunch will be provided. CLE Credit may also be available. To register for the symposium please click here.

Center Events

"50 Million and Counting: The Latino Voice in a New Political Era" 

Friday, October 19, 2012. 108 West 3rd Street, NY, NY.

Latinos and the Law Lecture

On February 27, 2012, MALDEF's Southwest Regional Counsel David Hinojosa presented this year's Latinos and the Law lecture entitled "Litigating Civil Rights Impact Cases in the 21st Century." For more information and a full video of the lecture, please click here.

“Legislating the Lives of Immigrants: The Entanglement of State and Local Governments in Immigration Policy” 

Held on November 10, 2011, our inaugural national conference brought together experienced practitioners, academics, journalists, and activists to lead a provocative conserviation on immigration policy and the recent involvement of state and local governments in the formation of that policy. Download conference materials.

Latino Institute Luncheon Series

On April 2, 2013, Cesar Vargas, an undocumented graduate of CUNY School of Law and applicant for admission to the New York Bar and a member of the recently formed DREAM Bar Association, discussed legal and other barriers facing undocumented students seeking to complete law school and enter into the practice of law.