LJPUpdate: Join us at our 2016 Gala, Law Day, Fight for Day laborer rights and more

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Join us for our 2016 Gala

Join 400+ of our supporters, sponsors and partners as we honor:

Lucero, David Arroyo, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
Corporate Leader - Mercer
Community Champion - Cesar D. Vargas, Co-Founder, Dream Action Coalition
Vanguard - Debo Adegbile, Partner, Wilmer Hale

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. For more information, click here.

LatinoJustice Argues Against Law Targeting Latino Day Laborers

On September 12, 2016, a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard argument on the constitutionality of an ordinance passed by the Town of Oyster Bay that prohibits day laborers from soliciting employment. The appeal was taken by the Town from a federal district court decision last September that had declared the law to be a violation of the First Amendment and permanently enjoined its enforcement.

The plaintiffs in the suit were Centro de la Comunidad Hispana de Locust Valley and the Workplace Project, both membership organizations whose purposes include advocacy for the rights of day laborers.

You can read the full press release here.

Cada Voto Cuenta Volunteers Monitor Precincts in Florida Primary

On August 30, 2016, LJP Cada Voto Cuenta volunteers in Central and South Florida monitored precincts during Florida’s primary elections. The CVC volunteers included pro bono attorneys and law students that were ready to assist Latino voters with any challenges that took place. Jennifer Marques, a solo practitioner from Coral Gables, led the South Florida team as they covered approximately 40 precincts in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. South Florida CVC volunteers included several law students from St. Thomas University School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, as well as, local attorneys from White & Case and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

In Central Florida, CVC volunteers from FAMU’s College of Law and the local legal community covered precincts in Orange and Osceola Counties to ensure that voters were able to cast their ballots. This was just the beginning of LatinoJustice’s new Cada Voto Cuenta election protection initiative to protect Latino voters. Currently, 150 volunteers have already registered to monitor polls on Election Day in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. This is the first presidential election without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and Latino voters are at a greater risk to be disenfranchised. With its bilingual volunteer force, LatinoJustice stands ready to address any discriminatory practices taking place on Election Day.

To volunteer on Election Day, click here. You can support our ongoing voter protection work and help us expand our presence to more states by donating here.

LatinoJustice Joins Groups Calling for Release of Complaint Summary of Police Officer involved in Eric Garner’s Death

On September 6, 2016 LJP joined Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) and 32 other civil rights groups in filing an amicus “friend of the court” brief in a case before the NYS Appellate Division that could define the scope of New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) in relation to police misconduct complaints. In a press conference held the same morning, LJP Deputy General Counsel Jose Perez joined various elected officials and advocacy groups who highlighted the importance of police accountability and transparency for the citizens of New York. The case is Luongo v. Public Records Access Officer.

The case centers on a request made by the Legal Aid Society of New York to the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) for a summary of the substantiated misconduct claims made against Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo prior to the death of Eric Garner in 2014. In July 2015, the State Supreme Court ruled that the records request was narrowly tailored and would not cause substantial harm to Officer Pantaleo. Similarly, the records were not personnel records and thus not subject to an exception of FOIL. The City of New York on behalf of the CCRB, an independent city agency instead of complying chose to appeal the decision, as part of a greater campaign to cease voluntarily revealing any police department disciplinary actions. “New York is one of the most protective states in regard to police records, and if the lower court decision were to be overturned would be a major setback in police transparency and accountability in New York” stated LJP DGC Jose Perez.

You can read the CPR release here.

Events and Notices

  • 34th Annual Law Day takes place on Saturday, October 8th, at New York Law School. Interested in meeting law school representatives from across the country (including the NY tristate area) that are interested in YOU? Mark your calendars for this free event and visit our website to preregister today.
    When: October 8th 9:30AM-4PM; Where: New York Law School
  • Cada Voto Cuenta: LatinoJustice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers. Please find our Cada Voto Cuenta Pro Bono Voter Protection Volunteer Recruitment Flyer for circulation to interested law students, graduates, lawyers, legal professionals and community advocates, here, and sign up to volunteer today, here. You can also donate to help expand our presence at the polls by donating here.
  • NLLSA’s 20th Annual Conference and Moot Court Competition will be co-hosted by Boston College Law School, Suffolk Law School, and Harvard Law School from September 29th – October 1st, 2016 in Boston! The 2016 Conference theme, “Identidad y Colaboración,” focuses on the role of Latina/o students emerging in the legal field. In an increasingly globalized world, the need for diverse attorneys in the legal field is greater than ever. The Conference will feature interactive panels, including Latino Justice's Deputy General Counsel Jose Perez, a job fair, a moot court competition, networking events, engaging lectures, and an opportunity to give back to our community through pro bono work. Registration for the conference, moot court information, speakers’ information, and traveler and hotel information is available here.
  • LAWbound Winter Academy, January 9—13, 2017
    We are accepting applications for our LAWbound 2017 Winter Academy, which takes place January 9th—13th. If you are a Latin@ undergraduate student interested in pursuing a legal career, this program is for you. The application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016. Please click here for more information about our LAWbound program and the application packet.
    Deadline: November 18th Where: LatinoJustice

Juan Opina

  • Encarcelación privatizada
    El anuncio reciente del Departamento de Justicia sobre la eliminación de todo contrato con empresas privadas que manejan cárceles porque que la taza de abuso y violencia contra prisioneros en esos centros es más alta que en cárceles manejadas por el gobierno ha tenido un efecto inmediato.
    Este artículo fue publicado en El Diario y puedes verlo aquí
  • We Cannot Continue To Live Like This
    Alton Sterling. Philando Castille. We live in a place that relies on foreign newspapers to tell us how many black and brown persons are killed at the hands of police. Vivimos en un lugar donde tenemos que depender en periódicos del extranjero para saber cuántos negros y latinos son matados por la policía.
    This article was originally published in Huffington Post and you can read more here.

Twitter Highlight

  • Immigrants commit less crime than native born, yet myth persists. Article debunks arguments for the myth #Not1More link here
  • From Wall Street to the border, @BBDocFilm is story of undocumented people in USA and fight for #Immigration reform link here
  • #LJPFamilia monitoring #NYSPrimary. Let us know if you see #VotingRights violations and say hey if you see us #NYC photo here.

Meet the LJP Familia - Melissa Ramos

Getting to know Melissa Ramos

Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in New Jersey right outside of Newark.

What law school do you attend?

I’m a second year at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston!

Why do you want to become a lawyer?

I want to become a lawyer because I want to change the way the criminal system works in the United States and I want to advocate on behalf of marginalized individuals to fight for respect and justice.

Read more about our Fall 2016 interns and the rest of Melissa's answers in next week's newsletter.

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