Welcome to Future of Latinos, a nation-wide, interdisciplinary research initiative of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). This project is devoted to producing innovative scholarship on the Latino population in the United States and locating the sites of intervention that promise to be most impactful in promoting opportunity and mobility through law and policy. We are committed to research that will make a difference: Our aim is to generate findings that can be utilized by organizations and individuals who work to advance justice for the Latino community.

Please navigate through our website to learn more about this project. If you would like to contact us, please fill out a contact form.


On March 2, 2018, we collaborated with Stephen Zack and Luis Suarez of Boies, Schiller, and Flexner to hold the Miami Leadership Summit at the Miami-Dade College – Wolfson Campus. The convening brought together leading scholars, legal practitioners, and media representatives in the Miami area to explore key areas of opportunity through educational innovation, broadcasting, and a vibrant economy.

Read the press release for the Miami Leadership Summit here and some local media coverage of the event here

On April 8-9, 2017, we convened 50 key stakeholders at our second regional roundtable, held at Yale Law School.

The co-organizer for the Yale roundtable was Cristina Rodríguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor at Yale Law School.

The Roundtable opened with keynote addresses and accompanying white papers on the history of Latinos in the Northeast (prepared by Professor Carmen Whalen of Williams College), a demographic profile of Latinos in the Northeast and nationally (prepared by Professors Douglas S. Massey and Amelie Constant of Princeton University), and the current landscape of law and policy issues facing Latinos in the Northeast (prepared by Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF).

Read the press release for the Northeast Roundtable here.

In February 2016, the American Bar Foundation presented a Fellows CLE at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego where we convened an impressive group of Latino legal leaders. You can read the full report of the event in the Spring 2016 issue of “Researching Law.”

On June 6-7, 2016, with generous support from the Chicago Community Trust, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and Northwestern University’s Office of the Provost, the ABF convened over 80 thought leaders on Latino issues in the Midwest for our inaugural regional roundtable. Please read the report here.

On November 7, 2016, we held a planning summit at UCLA to launch a pilot Network for Justice in California with generous support from the California Bar Foundation, the California Community Foundation, a number of departments and offices at the UCLA campus, and UC Davis School of Law. The summit brought together over 50 participants from law school clinics, law firms, public interest organizations, foundations, and academic research centers as well as a group of emerging leaders. Among the participants were California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, California Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Jose Medina, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Thomas Saenz, California Rural Legal Assistance’s Executive Director Jose Padilla, President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Community Foundation Antonia Hernandez, California Bar Foundation Executive Director Sonia Gonzales, Dean of the UC Davis School of Law Kevin Johnson, and leading attorney and Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Manny Medrano.


From L-R: Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, Leticia Saucedo, Antonia Hernández, Lorena Gonzalez, Thomas Saenz (photo taken at our Network for Justice Planning Summit on November 7, 2016).


From L-R: Luz Herrera, Mark O’Brien, Sameer Ashar, Deepinder Mayell, Maria Blanco, and Jose Medina (photo taken at our Network for Justice Planning Summit).