Project News

OCTOBER 2018

On October 12, 2018, Robert Nelson and Meghan Dawe presented a white paper Latinxs in the Legal Profession: A Statistical Portrait at The State of Latinos in the Law Symposium: Identifying Challenges, Defining Strategies and Impacting the Pipeline. The event was hosted by Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

MARCH 2018

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.

Press release for the Miami Leadership Summit

Catherine Wilson, “Future of Latinos Comes with Baggage from the Past.” Daily Business Review. 

JANUARY 2018

On January 6, 2018, the Network for Justice held its first Advisory Council meeting at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

SEPTEMBER 2017 

The Future of Latinos Project Advisory Council Member, Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University was awarded a Russell Sage Foundation Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Research Grant to encourage multi-disciplinary perspectives on questions stemming from the significant changes in the racial, ethnic, and immigrant-origin composition of the U.S. population.

More information on Professor’s Massey’s project on “The Social Demography of Latinos”

MAY 2017

Ed Morales, “Opinion: How Do We Build The Future of Latinos in the Age of Trump?”

APRIL  2017

Escontrías, Moran, and Nelson, “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Mobility, and Opportunity (A Project of the American Bar Foundation).” The Professional Lawyer 24(2).

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).

Press release for the Northeast Roundtable

NOVEMBER 2016

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.

JUNE 2016

On June 6-7, 2016, with generous support from the Chicago Community TrustNorthwestern 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.

Full report of the Midwestern Roundtable

Press release for Future of Latinos Inaugural Midwest Roundtable

FEBRUARY 2016

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.

Full report of the event in the Spring 2016 issue of “Researching Law”

Press release for Future of Latinos CLE at the ABA Midyear Meeting