LJPUpdate: Meet a Trailblazer, SCOTUS hears DAPA case and more

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Damaris Hernandez, Partner at Cravath Swaine & Moore, to be honored at the Seventh Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast

LatinoJustice is proud to honor Damaris Hernández at our upcoming Latina Trailblazers Breakfast taking place June 8, 2016 at the Yale Club of NY. Ms. Hernández is the first Latina partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She became a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department in 2016, having joined the firm in 2007. Ms. Hernández’s practice in the Litigation department focuses on complex civil litigation related to securities and ERISA, as well as shareholder demands, internal corporate investigations and government investigations related to antitrust and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She has represented a wide range of clients, including Credit Suisse, IBM, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis and Vivendi.

Ms. Hernández was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her A.B. degree magna cum laude in Literature from Harvard College in 2003, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2007, where she was an associate editor of the Review of Law and Social Change and an AnBryce Scholar.

You can find out more about our Trailblazers Breakfast here. Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships start at $1,500. Limited nonprofit/public interest rate tickets available for $100. Contact dmedina@latinojustice.org to purchase nonprofit rate tickets and for additional information, and look out for additional honoree profiles in the coming weeks.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8th WHERE: Yale Club of NY, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017


SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in U.S. v. Texas.

On April 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, a case brought by 26 states challenging President Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Plus (expanded DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The Obama administration’s expansion of DACA and implementation of DAPA initiatives were stopped by a federal district court in Texas from going into effect in February 2015, and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last Fall. Late last year, the federal government appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

The oral arguments largely focused on the question of standing - whether the states like Texas have a legal stake or suffered an “injury” to even bring the case in the first place. The federal government contended that Texas cannot claim that their subsidy for issuance of driver’s licenses to DAPA recipients constitutes an “injury,” since the State chose to allow those with deferred action to qualify for a license. Justice Breyer highlighted the deeply political nature of the dispute over the deferred action initiatives, by asking whether Texas’ standing theory might expand standing doctrine to “every case of political disagreement where States disagree”.

On March 8, 2016, LatinoJustice, as part of a diverse coalition of 326 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups, had  filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief urging the court to lift the injunction that blocked the executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November 2014. The full legal brief is available here. You can read a detailed analysis here.


Landmark Settlement Reached in Census Bureau Employment Discrimination Hiring Case

Papers reflecting a landmark class action settlement were filed in federal court on April 19, 2016, resolving the claims of African American and Latino plaintiffs whose employment applications for over one million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census had been rejected by the Department’s Census Bureau after using an unlawful criminal background check policy to screen applicants. Approximately 4 million applicants had sought temporary jobs involving data collection for the 2010 decennial census cycle. Plaintiffs who had asserted that the Census Bureau’s flawed hiring procedures violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act because of their substantial adverse impact on African Americans and Latinos who were arrested at much higher rates than whites, often for the same crimes, such as minor drug possession and use were represented by Outten & Golden LLP and co-counsel including LatinoJustice.

The case is “Gonzalez, et al., v. Penny Pritzker, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce,” No. 1:10-cv-03105-FM, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Additional information about the lawsuit, and the settlement, is available here.


Law Student Survey – Pre-Law Experiences

Current law students! LatinoJustice PRLDEF needs your help. We have assembled a team of law school admissions and prelaw professionals, and we are conducting a survey of minority law students. We would like to know how you navigated the admissions process to law school. Please take our short survey (should take less than 10 minutes). Click here for the Law Student Survey – Pre-Law Experiences

We know you are about to gear up for your exams, so please click on the link above for the survey and complete it while you can still spare a few minutes. Respondents may enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Thank you in advance for your assistance in gathering this important data, so that we may better serve prospective law applicants of diverse backgrounds in the future. Also, we wish you great success on your exams!


#CAPLeadership and LJP Events

  • Organizing 2.0 Digital Organizing Conference
    The Organizing 2.0 Conference brings organizers together for workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking, visionary speakers, and thoughtful debates about our digital strategies and practices. You can attend this two day digital conference for free
    RSVP: here.
    WHEN: April 29th - 30th WHERE: Murphy Institute
  • Baseball For a Cause
    Baseball season is back and this year you can watch a game while supporting our work. Fill out the form below and let us know what game you want to attend so we can connect you with Tina Sacchetti. She will take your requests and handle all the logistics For a list of games and more information click here.
  • Save the Date: Law Day 2016
    Law Day introduces law schools to a diverse pre-law constituency. This day-long event attracts hundreds of students and over 100 law schools from across the country.
    WHEN: October 8th, 2016 WHERE: New York Law School
  • Gala Save the Date – Forging a Powerful Future
    Join 400+ of our supporters, sponsors and partners as we honor 2016 Lucero David Arroyo, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, at Scripps Networks Interactive. Additional honorees to be announced. This year’s Gala theme, Forging a Powerful Future, speaks to the growing influence of Latinos nationwide. As we shape civic, political and social movements, Latinos must come together to exercise their voices and votes to ensure equality, access and justice for decades to come.
    Click here for information about sponsoring the Gala. For more information, contact dmedina@latinojustice.org.
    WHEN: Wednesday, November 16th WHERE: Tribeca 360, 10 Debrosses St., New York, NY 10013

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Juan Opina

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