Thursday Newsmaker Breakfast to Unveil Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights

Growing Voter Group is Focus of _ President Stephen Zack

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 13, 2010 — As Hispanic Heritage Month winds down and midterm elections fast approach, what are the biggest legal challenges faced by Latinos today? These questions are being debated not only in homes across the country and in Latino communities but also in U.S. House and Senate races, as issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, Arizona state law 1070 and the Dream Act are attracting attention and stirring emotions.

_ President Stephen N. Zack — the ABA’s first Hispanic president — will announce details of the ABA’s newly formed Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities at the National Press Club at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 14.

The commission will:

  • Investigate legal access for the fastest growing minority population in the United  States
  • Convene principal legal and Hispanic advocacy organizations to review the state of legal  disparities in the U.S. justice system
  • Explore impediments to access to justice through the lens of the Latino experience ultimately for the benefit of all U.S. residents and
  • Make policy recommendations based upon findings of regional hearings

Stephen N. Zack, the first Hispanic-American to serve as president of the ABA and Commission Chair Cesar Alvarez, CEO of the seventh largest U.S. law firm, Greenberg Traurig

Introduction of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, including:

• Schedule of national hearings
• Details of commission’s first hearing
• Introduction of commission members and advisors
• Announcement of two prominent Latino honorary chairs

Oct. 14, 8:30 — 9:30 a.m.
(breakfast at 8:30 a.m.; program at 9 a.m.)

National Press Club
13th Floor – Lisagor Room
529 14th St N.W.
Washington, D.C. (Metro Center)

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