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Panels

An Ode to Public Service
Friday, October 1st from 1:00pm-2:15pm (Lunch Served)

Drew Days
Vice Admiral James W. Houck
Fred Rivera
Toni Smith-Rosario

The conference theme, AHORA, is meant to challenge this generation of Latino lawyers to rise and meet the challenges of our communities and country. In that spirit, we celebrate careers in public service. This panel will share the perspectives of some of the country’s most accomplished public servants as well as provide advice on how to make the move from private practice to public service and vice versa.

Detained: From Guantánamo to El Paso
Friday, October 1st from 2:30pm-4:00pm

Hon. Cecilia Altonaga
Walter B. Ruiz Jr.
Michael Wishnie
Moderator: Hon. José Cabranes

This panel aims to integrate ongoing discussions about national security detainees and border issues. We hope that our panelists will share their experiences in helping us answer the following questions: What rights should we afford citizen and noncitizen detainees on American soil?  What rights are available to those detained on foreign soil controlled by the United States military? But most importantly, we would like to tackle the following: What should the law be and what is the role of law students and young lawyers in facilitating that change?

Pursuing a Career in Legal Academia
Friday, October 1st from 4:15pm-5:45pm

Sara C. Bronin
Cristina Rodríguez
Gerardo Vildostegui

Yale LLSA has made faculty diversity its signature issue. As an organization, it is tirelessly engaged in coordinating with the Law School to ensure that a Latino voice is present on the faculty. This panel will explore the perspectives of Latinos in academia and how students and law school administrations can collaborate to find ways to hire and retain them. The panel will also consider LatCrit's role in the legal academy.

ID Please: The Current State of Immigration Law
Friday, October 1st from 2:30pm-4:00pm

George Gascón
Cristina Rodríguez
Leon Rodríguez

Immigration has once again taken center stage because of the ongoing events in Arizona. We would like to use SB1070 as a starting point to discuss the current state of immigration law. What are the issues that require immediate attention? How can law students and young lawyers get involved in tackling urgent issues and crafting a long-term strategy?

The Electoral Marketplace for the Latino Vote
Friday, October 1st from 4:15pm-5:45pm

Joaquin Avila
Nina Perales
Arturo Vargas
Moderator: Heather Gerken

The Latino vote is quickly becoming the most sought-after electoral prize in the country. Much to the chagrin of national politicians, the diversity of viewpoints within Latino communities makes courting their votes an inexact science. This panel will discuss the growing influence of the Latino electorate and its short- and long-term implications for American politics.  What issues will come to the fore as a result?  What will change? How can law students and young lawyers get involved in the issues surrounding the Latino vote?

A Guide to Success in Private Practice
Saturday, October 2nd 11:45am-1:00pm (Lunch Served)

Manuel G. Berrelez
Hector Gallegos
Natalia Martin

Latinos continue to be underrepresented in the leadership of major law firms. There are a host of reasons for this, which young lawyers must be prepared to understand and address. This panel will provide guidance on tackling a successful partnership run.

Ahora: The Urgency of Now
Saturday, October 2nd 1:15pm-2:45pm

Hon. Eva Guzman
Rachel Moran
Thomas A. Saenz
Gerald Torres

The Conference theme, AHORA, acknowledges that we must confront the challenges our communities face if we wish to preserve and build on our achievements.  These panelists are members of a very unique generation, one that broke countless barriers, while experiencing tremendous hardship.  How far have we come since then?  What must our generation do to build on their work?  How can we unite various sectors of the legal profession to understand and tackle these urgent issues?

Educating Minorities and Other Economically Disadvantaged Populations
Saturday, October 2nd 1:15pm-2:45pm

Carlos Barrazueta
Brenda Montes

Minorities are projected to become a majority of the United States population by 2050. Yet almost 40 percent of Hispanic students fail to graduate from high school on time and only 12 percent will earn a B.A; only 17 percent of African American students will earn a B.A. This panel will touch on issues such as access to education, the role of colleges in community development, and disparities in resource allocation. What are the consequences of an undereducated minority population? What are the costs for the U.S. economy? Why are traditional colleges failing to provide access to educational opportunities for minority students? If minority students follow non-traditional study patterns, why do our traditional models fail to accommodate them? What is the role of community and public colleges in closing the achievement gap? What should be the role of highly selective institutions?