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April 27, 2007

Press Contact: Magda Herrera, Hispanic National Bar Foundation, (202) 496-7206

Future Latino Leaders Law Day, April 28-29, 2007

Hispanic National Bar Foundation Hosts Law Day for Hispanic Students and Families in Austin, Texas

WHAT: Future Latino Leaders Law Day
WHEN: The event begins Saturday, April 28, 2007; at 9:30 a.m
WHERE: Susman Godfrey Atrium, University of Texas School of Law
WHO: The public is invited to attend all presentations, registration required

April 27, 2007–The Hispanic National Bar Foundation, Inc. (HNBF) has teamed up with The University of Texas School of Law to host the first-ever Future Latino Leaders Law Day at the law school campus. This free two-day event will take place April 28-29, 2007 and will provide opportunities for Hispanic high school, college students, and their families to learn about higher education options from Hispanic law students and attorneys in a culturally sensitive and supportive environment.

The HNBF's Law Day program will begin with a welcome for the Law School Dean, Larry Sager. Students and parents can then attend panels to learn about different legal careers, what law school is really like, and learn about the admissions and financial aid process. Panels will feature attorneys like Judge Orlinda Narranjo of the 419th Judicial Civil District Court, who will speak about what it's like to be a Latina member of the judiciary. In addition, speakers like David Hinojosa will talk about bringing civil rights cases before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Students can also participate in a specially designed mock law school class taught by distinguished University of Texas Law Professors. Participants will also get an overview and an introduction to the SAT and LSAT by Princeton Review instructors. Students will also receive free books on the SAT, Best Colleges, and Best Law Schools. Every portion of this event is free. There will also be activities for parents who attend the Law Day program.

After getting feedback from their program participants, the HNBF decided to add a special break-out session where parents and Hispanic attorneys can discuss the cultural barriers that stop many students from achieving their higher education dreams. "It's one of the things that makes this program unique," says HNBF's Executive Director, Magda Herrera. "We have a separate parent track which enables parents to learn about higher education along with their children, while also allowing them to participate in a separate break-out session to deal with the questions they might have about things like taking out loans and citizenship issues."

Students from all over Texas are invited to attend and need only fill out a registration form and submit it online in advance of the event or come to the Law Day registration table on the morning of April 28. Limited space is available, so registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registration materials and more information about the Future Latino Leaders Law Day can be found online at http://www.hnbf.org/.

The Hispanic National Bar Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting full and equal opportunity in the legal profession and legal education, fostering understanding of the American legal system, educating the public about matters of justice and equal opportunity in the study and practice of law, supporting the integration of Hispanics in all aspects of the study, practice, adjudication, and instruction of law and the administration of justice, and increasing opportunities for Hispanics in the legal profession.

For more information, visit the Hispanic National Bar Foundation's website: http://www.hnbf.org/