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“Obama and Sotomayor: The Age of Minority Leadership” Topic of October 22 Symposium

October 09, 2009 – 
The Rutgers School of Law–Newark Association of Latin American Law Students (ALALS) will present a symposium titled “Obama and Sotomayor: The Age of Minority Leadership” on Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 6 – 9:30 pm. The Association of Black Law Students, Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association, Rutgers LGBT Caucus, Women’s Law Forum, and the Human Rights Forum are event co-sponsors. The symposium will consist of two panels: the first on how the ascension of an African American to the presidency and a Hispanic woman to the highest court has impacted their communities, and the second on why minority communities should not become complacent in the face of these transformational changes.

What “Obama and Sotomayor: The Age of Minority Leadership” 
Who PANEL I
Hon. Esther Salas, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey
Jenny Rivera, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Latino and Latina Rights and Equality, City University of New York
Al Alvarez, Esq., Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Jon Corzine
Yvette Bravo-Weber, Dean of the Minority Student Program, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Brandon Paradise, Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Juan Cartagena, General Counsel and Vice President for Advocacy, Community Service Society, and General Counsel, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, moderator

PANEL II
Hon. Doris Ling-Cohan, New York State Supreme Court
Debra E. Guston, Esq., Partner, Guston & Guston, L.L.P.
Peter Bergé, Esq., Associate, Bendit Weinstock, P.A.
Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq., Co-founder and President, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., and Chief Operations Officer, New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association
Adil Haque, Assistant Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
When 6 – 9:30 pm, Thursday, October 22, 2009 
Where Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark 
RSVP:  alals.rutgers@gmail.com