Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Leaders in the Latino Community to Gather for Roundtable

Yale Law School will host the American Bar Foundation (ABF)’s Northeast Roundtable on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility,” on April 8-9, 2017.

The roundtable will bring together leading members of the Latino community from the Northeast, including law and non-law scholars, legal advocates, community activists, politicians, media representatives, foundation representatives, and emerging leaders, to imagine the different futures for Latinos that are possible by 2050. The discussion will be dedicated to exploring vitally important issues that will shape the prospects for Latinos in the region in coming years. Questions of immigration, education, economic opportunity, and civic and political engagement will all be central to the conversations taking place over the two days.

Keynote presentations by Professor Carmen Whalen of Williams College, Professors Douglas Massey and Amelie Constant of Princeton University, and Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, will take place Saturday morning at 9:15 AM in Room 127 of Sterling Law Building.

The “Future of Latinos” research project is led by a group of nationally recognized scholars under the direction of Rachel F. Moran and Robert L. Nelson. Moran is the inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law at the ABF and dean emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA Law School. Nelson is the director emeritus and the MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession at the ABF, and professor of sociology and law at Northwestern University. Cristina Rodríguez ’00, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School, is the co-organizer for the Yale roundtable.

This nationwide effort is devoted to understanding the current condition of Latinos in the United States, the structural barriers that impede full equality and integration for this emerging population, and the sites of intervention that promise to be most effective in promoting opportunity and mobility through law and policy. The Northeast roundtable is the second in a series hosted by the American Bar Foundation. The first took place in Chicago in June 2016. ABF will also host roundtables in the west (Stanford University), south (Texas), and southeast (Miami).

The roundtable is supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School and the ABF. For more details about the roundtable, as well as online registration, please visit https://law.yale.edu/futureoflatinos. The keynote presentations, along with the plenary sessions, are open to the Yale community. For more information on the “Future of Latinos” research project, please visit the project’s website and Facebook and Twitter pages, or contact the project manager, Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, at pescontrias@abfn.org. Media interested in attending should contact debra.kroszner@yale.edu

Read the press release in Spanish