Southern Roundtable

On November 1-2, 2019, Duke Law School hosted the American Bar Foundation (ABF)’s Southern Roundtable on “The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility.”

The co-organizer for the Duke roundtable was Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Professor at Duke Law School.

The roundtable opened with keynote addresses and accompanying white papers on the history of Latinos in the South (prepared by Dr. Perla Guerrero of The University of Maryland), a demographic profile of Latinos in the South 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 Professor Luz Herrera of Texas A & M and Dr. Pilar Hernández Escontrías of UC Irvine).

The convening brought together leading members of the Latino community from the South, 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 was 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 were central to the conversations that took place over the two days.

Read the press release in English, here and in Spanish, here.

Please navigate through this page to access our white papers, view participant biographies, and access participant paragraphs.