McGuireWoods provided a two-part speaker series addressing important issues affecting Latino communities today.
September 18, 2020 Session
For the first webinar in our series,
Professor Luis Fraga discusses “Demographic Shifts and American Latinos.” Dr. Fraga is the
Rev. Donald P. McNeill Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership,
director of the Institute for Latino Studies and a professor in the
Political Science department at Notre Dame. He is also the former provost
at Stanford. Dr. Fraga specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity,
Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights
policy, and urban politics. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard
University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University.
October 9, 2020 Session
Join us for the second webinar in our two-part series addressing important
issues affecting Latino communities today.
Tom Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal
Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), will discuss voting rights and current
related litigation in Latino communities. He leads MALDEF in pursuing
litigation, policy advocacy and community education to promote the civil rights
of all Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education,
employment, immigrants’ rights and voting rights.
Saenz rejoined MALDEF in August 2009, after four years on Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa's executive team. He previously spent 12 years at MALDEF
practicing civil rights law, including four years as litigation director. He has
served as lead counsel for MALDEF in numerous cases, including challenges to
California’s Proposition 187, Proposition 227 and congressional redistricting.
In 2016, Saenz argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas,
representing intervenors defending Obama administration deferred action
initiatives. Saenz graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School; he clerked
for two federal judges before initially joining MALDEF in 1993.