A Force for Change: Advancing the Rights of the Latino Community
The Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law will host its third annual symposium entitled, “A Force for Change: Advancing the Rights of the Latino Community,” on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NYU School of Law. To register for the symposium please click here.
This national symposium brings 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.
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.
A Force for Change: Advancing the Rights of The Latino Community
Panel 1: A Vote, A Voice: The Importance of the Voting Rights Act
1. “Farmers Branch’s First Hispanic Council Member Got Out the Hard-to-Motivate Latino Vote,” The Dallas Morning News. (June 5, 2013)
2. Maria Fabela, et al. v. City of Farmers Branch, Texas Opinion, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division. (August 2, 2012)
3. “Farmers Branch Ordered to Create Single-Member City Council District,” The Dallas Morning News. (August 2, 2012)
4. “Voting Rights Act Leading California Cities to Dump At-Large Elections,” Los Angeles Times. (September 14, 2013)
5. “Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate,” Pew Hispanic Center. (June 3, 2013)
Panel 2: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines: Challenging Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinances in the Midst of a National Call for Reform.
2. Villas at Parkside Partners, et al. v. The City of Farmers Branch, Texas En Banc Opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (July 22, 2013)
3. “Judges Block Immigrant Laws in Texas, South Carolina,” The Wall Street Journal. (July 23, 2013)
4. “U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Affirms Decision Striking Down Farmers Branch’s Unconstitutional Immigration Ordinance,” Bickel & Brewer Storefront News Release. (July 23, 2013)
5. “Federal Court Rules Farmers Branch Rental Ordinance Unconstitutional,” The Dallas Morning News. (July 22, 2013)
6. Keller et. al v. City of Fremont, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Opinion. (June 28, 2013)
7. “Fremont Immigration Law Ruled Legal,” Lincoln Journal Star. (June 28, 2013)
8. “After Court of Appeals Ruling, Ordinance’s Future Still Hazy,” Fremont Tribune. (October 26, 2013)
9. “MALDEF Receives Extension to Petition Supreme Court,” Fremont Tribune. (January 17, 2014)
11. “Federal Appeals Court Issues Forceful Ruling Against Local Pennsylvania Anti-Immigrant Ordinance,” American Civil Liberties Union News Release. (July 26, 2013).
12. Lozano v. City of Hazleton Opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. (July 26, 2013)
13. “NCSL Immigrant Policy Project 2013 Immigration Report,” National Conference of State Legislatures.
Panel 3: Realizing the Dream: Promoting Access to Education and Bar Admissions for Undocumented Students.
1. In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission , The Supreme Court of California. (January 2, 2014)
2. “Allowed to Join the Bar, but Not to Take a Job,” The New York Times. (January 2, 2014)
3. “Bar Exam Passed, Immigrant Still Can’t Practice Law,” The New York Times. (December 3, 2013)
4. “The Dream Bar: Some Children Illegally Living in the United States Grow Up to Want to Be Attorneys,” ABA Journal. (January 1, 2013)