Post Date: April 20, 2006

Thursday, April 20 marks the beginning of the ninth Harvard Latino Law & Public Policy Conference, with a keynote address by Maria Echaveste, former deputy chief of staff to President Clinton. The three-day event will address the growth of Latino communities in the United States and their relationship to Latinos abroad.

“This past month has been a momentous time for the Latino community in the United States,” said Erin Archerd, a 1L and co-director of the event. “As the entire country has become more cognizant of the political awareness and organization of Latinos, it is especially important that we seize this opportunity to gather together in discussion of the issues facing Latinos today.”

Panels on Friday will focus on:

On Saturday, the conference will join the Black Policy Conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in co-sponsoring “Bridging the Gap: Black-Latino Relations and Coalition Building.”

Additional information and a full schedule of events is available at