Thursday, September 24, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moot Court Competition

5:30 p.m.
Early Arrival Cocktail Party

Friday, September 25, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moot Court Competition Finals

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Welcome Luncheon - This opening event features a welcome from prominent Latina/o lawyers, judges and community leaders.

Career Expo and LL.M. Fair
Throughout the afternoon, students who have submitted a resume in advance will be able to meet with law firm representatives and other employers. LL.M. program representatives also will be available to discuss their programs.

Panels & Workshops (CLE Credit Available)

DePaul Center, 8th Floor Conference Center
Workshop Cycle I: 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Workshop Cycle II: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  1. Census 2010: Be Counted, Be Heard
    This panel addresses the 2010 Census and how it will affect Latino political representation. What steps can be taken to prevent the Latino vote from being unfairly diluted during the complex process of redistricting?
  2. Making Connections, Making a Career
    Networking is an essential skill that is not taught in the classroom. This panel focuses on ways to turn a chance encounter at a cocktail party into a potential job lead and how to increase your chances of landing the job you want after graduation.
  3. Actual Innocence: From Wrongful Conviction to Exoneration
    Few Americans realize the challenges that await someone who has been falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned only to be later exonerated. This panel will discuss the existing problems in the criminal justice system that lead to wrongful convictions and the implications for minorities.
  4. Doing Business in Latin America
    If you are planning on jet-setting across Brazil one day and drafting a contract in Chile the next, there are certain things you should know. This panel will discuss the ways you can prepare yourself to practice in 21st Century Latin America.
  5. Getting a Seat at the Table: Strategies for Making Partner
    Joining a large law firm can sometimes lead to unexpected moments of culture shock. This panel addresses the challenges and advantages of being Latino in a big firm, and what its like to get on the partnership track.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch - DePaul Center, 11th Floor

Panels & Workshops (CLE Credit Available)

DePaul Center, 8th Floor Conference Center
Workshop Cycle I: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Workshop Cycle II: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

  1. Immigration: "No Se Olvida Los Ni๑os"
    Often apprehended while traveling alone or without their parents, children who have been detained by ICE pose a unique set of challenges. This panel will address the special issues attorneys face when representing them.
  2. "Los Estudiantes de Hoy, Los Profesores de Ma๑ana"
    When it comes to the number of Latino law professors in academia, there is room for improvement. This panel will discuss what it takes to teach at the law school level.
  3. Modern Latin America: The Current Divide Between Left and Right
    Change is in the air throughout Latin America with some countries swinging leftward and others moving toward the middle. And then there's Cuba. This panel will discuss these changes and how they might influence future U.S. foreign policy.
  4. Lat. Crit. Panel
    'LatCrit theory' is a relatively recent genre of critical 'outsider jurisprudence' – a category of contemporary scholarship including critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, critical race feminism, Asian American legal scholarship and queer theory.
  5. Solito: The Practical Reality of Practicing Solo
    This panel will discuss what it is like to hang a shingle out in the neighborhood and how you can tailor your practice to meet the changing needs of the community.

Gala Dinner

This event will feature several high-profile speakers. Honorees will be recognized for their achievements and the winners of the Moot Court competition will be announced.

The Empire Ballroom
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois

Community Service Project
One of NLLSA's main goals is to give back to the communities that have given us so much. Therefore, our programming will include an opportunity for attendees to participate in a community service project in Chicago.