Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights

Bickel & Brewer

Bickel & Brewer is devoted exclusively to client advocacy in high-stakes situations. Founded in 1984, the firm was formed with a singular goal: to serve clients faced with matters that involve substantial financial or business exposure, cutting-edge legal issues, or significant public policy questions.

The firm is often described as among the most creative and successful litigation firms in the United States. The firm’s practice is not confined to particular areas of the law, but dedicated to the art of advocacy in behalf of its clients. As a result, the firm has gained national recognition for its handling of cutting-edge cases in a variety of substantive fields.

The firm’s professional drive is matched by its commitment to the community. The Bickel & Brewer Foundation creates, funds, and manages a wide range of programs designed to help identify and respond to unmet needs in the community, particularly in the area of education. Among the programs sponsored by the Foundation is the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law.

Advocacy in the Latino Community

Working in concert with the Foundation is the Bickel & Brewer Storefront, the community service legal affiliate of Bickel & Brewer.

Under the direction of Bickel & Brewer partner and Latino Institute Advisory Board member William A. Brewer III, the Storefront was founded in 1995, in response to the widening gap between the need for quality legal services and the availability of such services for people and communities in need. The Storefront tackles local and national issues, providing legal assistance to a wide range of deserving individuals, businesses, and community entities.  

Since 2006, the Storefront has represented plaintiffs challenging the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, over its adoption of illegal “immigration ordinances.” The Storefront has successfully challenged the ordinances in state and federal court − attracting the attention of legislators, legal scholars, and human rights activists across the nation.

In further support of its commitment to the Latino community, the Storefront won trial verdicts proving the at-large voting systems utilized in Farmers Branch and Irving, Texas violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and must be replaced with voting systems that provide greater representation for Hispanics.

The trial victory in Irving garnered the attention of The Wall Street Journal, which wrote, “Latino activists are seeking to gain political clout by forcing electoral changes in communities nationwide, using a recent federal court decision in Irving, Texas as a template.” In May 2013, the City of Farmers Branch elected its first Latina ever to the City Council in a political victory that captured national headlines.

The Storefront is now pursuing similar Voting Rights Act cases against the Irving Independent School District and Grand Prairie, Texas Independent School District.

In recognition of Bickel & Brewer’s efforts to benefit the Latino community, Mr. Brewer received the “President’s Award” from the Puerto Rican Bar Association in New York in 2009. This same year, he also has received the Community Service Award from the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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