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The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility

The presenters, panelists, & moderator from the 2016 Fellows CLE, "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility." (From left to right: Sonia Gonzales, R. Alexander Acosta, Luz Herrera, Manny Medrano, Rachel F. Moran, Robert L. Nelson, & Thomas A. Saenz)

Bauman Photographers

The Latino population is currently projected to account for nearly 30% of our nation’s population by 2050. As a result, the future of Latinos in the United States will significantly shape the prospects and wellbeing of the country as a whole. At present, there are significant disparities between Latinos and Blacks on the one hand and Whites and Asian Americans on the other as measured by indicators like rates of educational attainment, median income, median wealth, and political participation. The purpose of this program, like that of the project overall, is to imagine the different futures of Latinos that are possible by 2050. Our goal is to identify mistakes we cannot afford to make as well as opportunities we cannot afford to miss. This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, ABA Commission on Hispanic Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on ImmigrationABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession,  ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Young Lawyers Division, National Association of Women Judges, National Association of Women Lawyers, and National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.


Manny Medrano, Trial Lawyer and Broadcast Journalist


Rachel F. Moran, William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity, American Bar Foundation; Dean Emerita and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA Law

Robert L. Nelson, MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession, American Bar Foundation; Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University

Luz Herrera, Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, Experiential Learning, and Public Service, UCLA Law


R. Alexander Acosta, Chair, ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities;Dean, College of Law at Florida International University

Sonia Gonzales, Executive Director, California Bar Foundation

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel at MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Listen to our Fellows CLE research seminar, "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility," on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in San Diego, CA (full program is in 2 files below, listen consecutively):



For the photo gallery of the CLE Program, please click here

For the slideshow of our @ABFFellows live tweets from the CLE program, please click here

Listen to a special report by Legal Talk Network. Pilar Escontrias, Project Manager, and Robert Nelson, ABF Director Emeritus and MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession, discuss the panel on The Future of Latinos in the United States with host Laurence Colletti. Listen to the special report here.

For more details on the Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity and Mobility, visit our Projects page

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