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Contact: Cassandra Cascos, Editor-In-Chief, (512) 232-1395, casandra_c@mail.utexas.edu.

Symposium on Latino Voting Participation: The 2004 Election and Beyond

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will co-sponsor a symposium on voting rights policies and their impact on the Latino community on Mon., Nov. 22 at UT Law. The keynote speaker is Ray Martinez, commissioner of the Election Assistance Commission.

The symposium is free and open to the public and will take place in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. There will be three panel discussions during the day and a break for lunch. Panelists include UT Law adjunct professors James C. Harrington and Steven Bickerstaff. For the complete schedule, click here.

Paid parking is located at the San Jacinto Garage (PG 1) between 24th and Dean Keeton streets.

The goal of this symposium is to raise awareness of the laws that protect historically underrepresented populations right to vote, reflect on the 2004 election, and evaluate the policies that protect our voting rights.

“Now that the election is fresh in our mind, it is a good time to evaluate the laws and policies that protect, influence, and encourage the right to vote,” said Cassandra Cascos, third-year UT Law student and editor-in-chief of the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy.

“We recognize the power of the Latino vote in the last election and future elections and encourage members of the Latino community to learn more about the laws that protect and encourage our right to vote. We have the potential to make a tremendous impact and ensure that our civil rights, and those of future generations, are protected,” said Luis Figueroa, legislative staff attorney for MALDEF.

The “Symposium on Latino Voting Participation” will feature three panels; on the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the relationship between Latino political participation and policies to re-enfranchise former felons. The symposium will include areas of success and progress relating to Latino voting, ways to reduce barriers that prevent minorities from voting, and the future of voting right laws and polices.

A national nonprofit organization founded in San Antonio in 1968, MALDEF promotes and protects the rights of Latinos through advocacy, community education and outreach, leadership development, higher education scholarships and when necessary, through the legal system.

The Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy seeks to serve as an academic forum for legal issues that affect Latinos. Through academic discussion, the journal seeks to inform scholars, judges, practitioners, and organizations of these issues and as a result, improve Latinos’ legal representation.

Related Links:
UT Law #1 for Hispanics: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2004/090704_hispanicbusiness.html
The Texas Hispanic Journal of Law & Policy: http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/thjlp/
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission: http://www.eac.gov/
MALDEF: http://www.maldef.org/