AU Holds Conference on Latino/a Agenda in the New Administration

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WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 23, 2009 – American Washington College of Law will hold its 12th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, “The Latino/a Agenda in the New Administration and the 111th Congress,” Thursday, March 5, 2009, 4:40 - 9:15 p.m. (4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC) Register now.

The conference provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of issues that affect Latinos/as, both domestically and internationally, while bringing together institutions and prominent experts devoted to the progress of Latinos/as in the U.S. and the region. This year's conference focuses on how the Obama Administration and the new Congress plan to – and should – address critical aspects of domestic and foreign policy affecting the economy, education, immigration, employment, governance, and other areas of critical importance to the Latino/a communities and the nation as a whole.

The conference concludes with an awards dinner honoring distinguished Washington College of Law J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni, as well as community scholarship recipients.

Prior to the conference, WCL is hosting a mentoring program for Latino/a high school students interested in a post-secondary education and a career forum for law students. (see schedule below)

The Hispanic Law Conference is presented by the Hispanic Bar Associations of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and Washington College of Law Latina/o Law Students Association (LaLSA).


Event Schedule

(Pre-Conference)The College Experience

**These events, taking place earlier in the day, are geared toward high-school students interested in enrolling in post-secondary education. They will provide a look at both law school and the undergraduate experience at American University.

12:15-1:45 p.m.
Lunch with Law Students –
High school Latino/a students will have a one-on-one interaction with Latino/a law students in a friendly atmosphere to learn about life as a college student.

2:10-4:10 p.m.
American University Tour: Exploring Campus Life @ AU --
An opportunity for local area high school students to receive a full college tour of American University.

Hispanic Law Conference

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Career Forum. The career forum will offer JD and LL.M. students the opportunity to interact and exchange information with representatives of organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

4:40-5:00 p.m.
Welcome from the Hispanic Bar Associations (DC, Maryland, Virginia, and National).

5:10-6:20 p.m.
“First 100 Days of the New Administration.” This panel, which includes Dr. Emiliano García Coso, University Pontificia, School of Law and Sandra Grossman, Grossman Law, LLC, will discuss the impact of the New Administration on pertinent issues to the Latino Community.

6:30-7:20 p.m.
“Reflections of Latino Lawyers.” Welcome remarks from Washington College of Law Dean Claudio Grossman. Panelists will discuss their career experiences as Latino lawyers. Panelists include: Brigida Benitez, WilmerHale, Judge Laura A. Cordero, District of Columbia Superior Court, and A. Manuel Garcia, Arnold & Porter LLP.

7:30-9:15 p.m.
Annual Awards Dinner. Awards will be presented to individuals who have significantly contributed to the progress of the Latino community. Opening Remarks: Dean Claudio Grossman. Master of Ceremonies: Professor Tony Varona.