January 08, 2008

Univ. of Miami Law Professor Elizabeth Iglesias to Keynote Juris Fiesta

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Professor Elizabeth Iglesias will discuss "Ethical Advocacy, Civic Courage and Administrative Evil: A LatCrit Perspective on the Challenges of Preparing Lawyers for a 21st Century Beyond the Shadows of Abu Ghraib" at March 8, 2008, Juris Fiesta.


This year's Juris Fiesta keynote speaker will be Professor Elizabeth Iglesias from the University of Miami School of Law. She will discuss "Ethical Advocacy, Civic Courage and Administrative Evil: A LatCrit Perspective on the Challenges of Preparing Lawyers for a 21st Century Beyond the Shadows of Abu Ghraib."

"Professor Iglesias has devoted her career to developing both the economic and intellectual capacity of Latinos in legal settings," said Hamline Law Professor and Latino Law Student Association Advisor Tom Romero. "Her foundational scholarship in the Latino Critical Theory (LatCrit) movement and her leadership in supporting Latinos in micro-business development makes Professor Iglesias ideally situated to speak to the challenges facing Latino law students and legal professionals in this age of globalization."

Professor Iglesias holds a bachelor of arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor (with honors) from Yale Law School. She is the co-founder of Latina and Latino Critical Theory, Inc. (LatCrit, Inc.), which she incorporated in 1998 and co-directed until 2003. In 1997, she designed the Project for Legal Economic, Development, Justice and Equality (PLEDJE), an innovative clinical program to promote micro-business development, immigrant rights and the use of NAFTA labor and environmental side accords through workshops, community-based study circles and outreach to underprivileged high school students.

The 2008 Juris Fiesta will take place on March 8 at Klas Center on Hamline's campus.  For additional information, please contact Deb Lange at 651-523-2122.