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Recap of NLLSA’s Inaugural Central Region Encuentro, June 25, 2011 in Chicago, IL

In Academic,Conference,Law firms,Law schools,NLLSA,Universities on July 11, 2011 by NLLSA Chair

Central Region Encuentro at Northwestern University School of Law on Saturday June 25, 2011

On Saturday, June 25, 2011, The National Latina/o Law Student Association and the Northwestern Latino Law Student’s Association co-hosted the Central Region Encuentro at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  We had students, attorneys, and judges present about opportunities both during and after law school and were able to network and learn about each other’s organizations and continued commitment to our communities.

The Central Region Encuentro attracted students from schools in Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.  Represented schools included Notre Dame, Indiana University, Cooley, John Marshall, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola and Northern Illinois.  We had a wide range of student attendees including students of the classes of 2009 to 2014.

Judge Ruben Castillo with NLLSA Central Regional Director Cristal Cabrera (left) and NLLSA Chair Barbara Barreno (right)

The Encuentro began with a welcome address by the Honorable Ruben Castillo from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  He spoke about his experience as a Northwestern law student and his career path to becoming a District Court Judge.  Our next presentation was by Northern Illinois Law Student Karla Altmayer who presented about the Excelencia School of Chicago which is a charter school in the Humbolt Park community intended for bicultural and bilingual students who often need extra assistance in certain subjects due to language barriers.  Ms. Altmayer shared resources and information about how law students and attorneys can help with the school.  After the presentations, the Encuentro continued with our panel discussions, “Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service” and “Latino Business Leaders in the Legal Profession.”

"Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service"

Maintaining a Connection with Our Communities through Public Service

The first panel discussion, led by NLLSA Chair Barbara Barreno, focused on public service.  We had Ms. Claudia Castro from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office speak about careers in criminal prosecution, Ms. Rosa Maria Silva from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office present about careers in criminal defense, and Ms. Litza Mavrothalasitis from Jenner & Block LLP share information about the importance of pro bono work while working at a large law firm.  After this panel, the Encuentro focused more on the private sector.

"Latino Business Leaders in the Legal Profession"

The second panel discussion, led by NLLSA Central Regional Director Cristal Cabrera, focused on starting a law firm.  We had Mr. Homer Tristan, founding partner of Tristan & Cervantes, Rene Cruz, co-founder of the Law Offices of Gil & Cruz, and Salvador Cicero, founder of the Cicero Law Firm, share their decision to and experience in starting their own law firms.  The business leaders also stressed the importance of their involvement in their communities through organizations like the Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.

Homero Tristan, Rene Cruz, Raphael Sznajder, Salvador Cicero, Judge Jesse G. Reyes, and Caitlin Kovacs

Judge David Delgado from the Cook County Circuit Court

The final portion of the Central Region Encuentro included a luncheon with Cook County Circuit Court Judges Jesse G. Reyes and David Delgado. They shared their experiences in becoming judges and their selection process for law clerks.  Each judge had unique experiences and preferences, but one common denominator in their presentations was that they were involved in their communities and in organizations like NLLSA.  They encouraged us to stay involved in our communities and in organizations that bring diverse students together whether it is the Latino Law Student Association or the Student Bar Association.  Judge Delgado’s words were, “The fact that you are here today, sets you apart from the others,” because it shows a commitment not only to your professional development, but also to the legal profession.

Judge Jesse G. Reyes from the Cook County Circuit Court, Chancery Division with the Central Region Encuentro Planning Committee

We would like to thank our sponsors Winston & Strawn LLP and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois for donating their time and resources and Northwestern Law School for allowing us to have a successful Central Region Encuentro!

The next NLLSA Encuentro will be hosted by the Pacific Region on Tuesday July 12, in San Francisco, California.  Please contact the Pacific Regional Director Frankie Guzman at for more information.



Call for Papers: 2011 LatCrit Student Scholar Program (SSP)–Application Deadline is Monday, June 6, 2011

In Academic,NLLSA,Race,Universities on May 10, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , ,

Since 2003, the Student Scholar Program (SSP) has helped numerous law students (and several graduate students from the global South) pursue their goals of becoming activist scholars.  At last count eight SSP alumni had become tenure-track US law professors.

The call for papers, application form, and guidelines are attached and available online at

Submissions should be sent to Professor Sumi Cho, c/o Lawrence Arendt at, using “SSP Submission” in the subject line, by 4pm Central time on Monday June 6th

Questions may be directed to the SSP co-chairs, Professor Sumi Cho, DePaul University College of Law,, and Professor Marc-Tizoc González,


American University Washington College of Law’s 22nd Summer Law Program in Chile

In Law schools,NLLSA,Summer opportunities,Universities on April 6, 2011 by Barbara

American University Washington College of Law’s 22nd Summer Law Program in Chile still has a few spots available for law students around the country.  The program runs from May 29 to June 26 in Santiago, Chile, with a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In addition to classes on Trade and Investment in Latin America, Human Rights and Comparative Law, the program includes site visits to the Chilean Congress, Constitutional Court, a former clandestine detention center, a prison and criminal courts, among others. Extracurricular activities include a ski trip to the Andes Mountains, and receptions with Chilean attorneys and professors.    The program also helps students interested in finding internships in Chile for the reminder of the summer.

For more information, visit To view the application, please visit


Prof. Macarena Sáez
Director, Summer Program in Chile


Columbia’s M.A. Program in Regional Studies-Latin America and the Caribbean

In Academic,Latin America,NLLSA,Universities on February 13, 2011 by Barbara Tagged: , , , ,

The 1-year interdisciplinary M.A. program in Regional Studies—Latin America and the Caribbean (MARSLAC) at Columbia University provides a broad social science-based approach to modern and contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. The curriculum combines core seminars on region-specific scholarship and research with the opportunity to take courses in different disciplines throughout Columbia University.

During the first semester, students obtain solid foundations in the most relevant scholarship on key issues of contemporary Latin America (democratization, rule of law, urban development, environmental change, trade and immigration, gender relations, cultural expression of diversity, among others). In the second semester they hone research methodologies and the critical use of scholarship in order to develop their own projects and complete an M.A. thesis.

The program is ideal for both professionals seeking regional knowledge and students intending to pursue a Ph.D. and prepares graduates for careers in government, public policy, non-profit organizations, journalism, education, the private sector, and academia.

For more information about MARSLAC, please visit or contact The deadline to apply for the fall semester is Friday, April 1, 2011.