Community Activism and Lawyering

This panel seeks to shed light to community activism lawyering which pushes attorneys to go beyond the traditional law to empower disadvantaged communities. The panel will explain how community activism lawyering unites lawyers and activists to help provide legal services to those who otherwise would not have access to justice. Additionally, it will illustrate how lawyers have been using their legal expertise to join and support social cause movements and become agents of change. Lastly, the panel will discuss any ethical concerns lawyers face when involved in activism work.

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Re-zoning and Gentrification

This panel shall explain basic zoning law, and how rezoning is impacting our communities. This panel will inform attendees on the procedural steps on how to rezone an area. Additionally, it will inform housing advocates and citizens on what they can do in the rezoning process. Furthermore, this panel will discuss how rezoning is leading to gentrification, and thus adversely impacting the diversity of different neighborhood communities. Finally, this panel will discuss what attorneys can do to protect the rights of current tenants when facing eviction due to the rising rent prices caused by rezoning.

Immigration/DACA

 

The status of many undocumented people receiving forms of prosecutorial discretion is uncertain because of the current presidential administration. Prosecutorial discretion is the authority of an agency charged with enforcing a law to decide to enforce the law against a particular individual taking into account many different factors. The U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement prioritized the deportation of those with criminal records under the Obama administration. Within the first 100 days in office, the new administration expressed interest in enacting policies repealing many of the different forms of prosecutorial discretion, most prominently featuring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”).

Corporate Transactions in Latin America

The panel will discuss the american law firm's role in the Latin American corporate landscape. Leading lawyers at the panel will discuss their practice within the fields of M&A, Intellectual Property, Antitrust, Project Finance, and Capital Markets, particularly as they pertain to transactions involving Latin America. This panel will provide professional insights, strategies, and war stories about moving the Latin American economy forward. The panel will also discuss how the American political shift can affect economies and corporate transactions involving Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

Sanctuary Cities

Due to the recent Executive Orders and immigration enforcement policies, cities and states have pushed to pass legislation and policies that limit their compliance with federal government engaged in enforcing federal immigration directives. Under the U.S. constitutional system of federalism, power is balanced between the federal, state and local governments. While the federal government has sole jurisdiction over immigration laws and enforcement, state and local government retain jurisdiction over the treatment of undocumented immigrants residing in their state’s lines. This panel will address the questions raised among lawyers and legal scholars of the best ways to protect undocumented immigrants and how can states and cities resist the federal government under the threat of defunding from the federal government.

School to Prison Pipeline

This panel will consist of a discussion regarding juveniles being arrested in school and sent to prison. The panel will discuss prospective laws and policies that can be used to curtail the flow of the pipeline from school to prison. This pipeline has been studied and criticized for its effect on young minority men causing them to stay or return in the prison system. If it were not for their exposure to the prison system, these juveniles may have had a better outlook with alternative rehabilitative programs.

 

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