ABA President Addresses Issues of Broward County Latino Community

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 23, 2010 — _ president Stephen N. Zack is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today and is available for interview.

Zack will speak at the Broward County Bar Association meeting about the problems faced by Broward County Hispanics, such as fair and equal access to justice in our nation’s courts, problems with inadequate translation services in the courts, and the changing demographics that boost Hispanic influence. He’ll feature one of his ABA initiatives, a Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities to examine civil and human rights issues through the lens of the Latino experience.

This commission includes lawyers, scholars and business leaders (from groups such as MALDEF, MANA, LULAC, ACLU, etc.).  The end goal is to determine how the ABA can retain and improve upon its commitment to righting the wrongs of discrimination.

Steve is the association’s first Latino president.  He arrived in the U.S. from Cuba with his family in 1961.  His grandparent’s settled in Cuba after fleeing Russia.  The family lived in Cuba until the government took over the family business and then they left for the U.S., settling in the Miami area.

The day that Steve’s family tried to leave Cuba, guards at the airport separated the family, questioned them and held them in separate rooms over night.  That moment was pivotal for Steve, who says, from that moment on, he knew he never wanted to feel helpless again:  “There was no one to intervene on our behalf.  There was no one to right the wrong.”

As a result of his experiences, he decided to become a lawyer so that he could promote liberty and justice and advocate for the rule of law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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