ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities in San Francisco for Hearing to Address the State of Latinos in the United States

Voting rights, youth and the educational pipeline, Latino farmers, Latinos and access to legal services, employment rights and responsibilities, on agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 10, 2011 — Student leaders from the San Francisco Unified School District will provide testimony of their experiences, along with testimony from others, at the second of six hearings held by the _ Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilitieson Jan. 13 at the San Francisco Unified School District. These regional testimonies will be used to foster a discussion about the state of the legal landscape and its impact on Latinos across the country.

Commission members from California and across the country will join commission Chair Cesar L. Alvarez at this hearing.

Specific topics will include:

  • Voting rights and responsibilities
  • Latino youth and the educational pipeline
  • Latino farmers
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Regional hearing on the state of Latinos in the United States
Topics, expert witnesses and San Francisco participants/attendees include:

  • The State of the Legal Landscape and its Impact on Latinos in the United States – Panel 1 (starts approx. 9:05 a.m.)
    Witness: Thomas Saenz, President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Voting Rights & Responsibilities – Panel 2 (starts approx. 9:40 a.m.)
    Witness: Robert Robin, California Voting Rights Institute, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Latino Youth and the Educational Pipeline – Panel 3 (starts approx. 10:05 a.m.)
    Witnesses: Ruthe Catolico Ashley, State Bar of California & ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
    Armando Castro, Hispanic National Bar Foundation
  • Latino Farmers– Panel 4 (starts approx. 10:55 a.m.)
    Witnesses: Fred Pfaeffle, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Juan Sanchez, Chair, New Mexico Land Grants Council
  • Latinas in the workplace –Panel 5 (starts approx. 11:35 a.m.)
    Witness: Arcelia Hurtado, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates
  • Latinos and Access to Legal Services –Panel 6 (starts approx. 12:05 p.m.)
    Jose Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance
  • Student leaders from SF Unified School District(two U.S. born and two immigrants) will present prepared
    statements about their experiences beginning at approximately 12:35 p.m.
  • Californialeaders on Commission who will attend:
    Maribel Medina, General Counsel, San Francisco Unified School District
    Angela Oh, Executive Director, Western Justice Center
    Thomas Saenz, General Counsel & President, MALDEF
    Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Jan. 13
9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Irving B. Meyer Board Room
San FranciscoUnified School District
555 Franklin St., First Floors
San Francisco, CA
(across the street from City Hall)

This event is free and open to members of the press.

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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