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Redistricting, Latino Veterans, Legal Aid and Border Vigilantism in Austin’s Latino Community on Tap at _ Hearing

ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities Comes to Texas June 29

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2011 — Local and national Latino leaders, activists and advocates will convene in Austin, Texas, for the _ Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities hearing, June 29, at the Austin City Hall. Testimonies from this hearing — the fifth of its kind — will be used to engage in discussion and develop policy recommendations affecting the legal landscape for Latinos across the country.

Redistricting, equity in education, Latino veterans, border vigilantism and legal aid along the Mexico/U.S. border are among topics to be explored at this current regional program.  A future hearing is planned for Los Angeles.

Commission members from across the country will join commission Chair Cesar L. Alvarez to hear testimony from witnesses from ACLU Texas; American G I Forum, National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.; MALDEF; Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

WHO
ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities

WHAT
Regional hearing on the state of Latinos in the United States

Topics include:

  • Latinos in the Southwest
  • Equity in education
  • Latino federal prison population
  • Redistricting
  • Non-citizen immigrants and due process
  • Legal aid along the border

WHEN
June 29
9 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Austin City Hall
301 W. Second Street
Austin, Texas

This event is free and open to members of the press. For further schedule details, a list of confirmed panelists or to request an interview, please contact Alexandra Buller at or 202/662-1508.

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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