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National speaker says Hispanic litigants and lawyers will have on immense impact on nation's future

November 1, 2016 - Mixcoatl Miera-Rosete ('17)

Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) gave an inspirational talk to UNM Law School students in September.

The Mexican American Law Student Association at the University of New Mexico School of Law had the pleasure of hosting Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) at the law school for a presentation in September. MALDEF is the national organization that has lead the fight for the advancement of Latino legal civil rights for over forty years.

As President and General Counsel of MALDEF, Mr. Sanez leads the organization in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights. Prior to becoming President and General Counsel of MALDEF, Mr. Sanez spent twelve years at MALDEF practicing civil rights law, including four years as litigation director.

Mr. Saenz joined students for lunch at the University of New Mexico School of Law on September 22, 2016 to speak about the work that MALDEF is doing in New Mexico and across the nation. His presentation touched on the changing demographic of the United States and he delivered an inspiring message about the immense impact that Hispanic litigants and lawyers will have on the nation’s future.