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"Muting Race in the Immigrant's Rights Litigation": Juan Cartagena '81, President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Start/End Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name JG 107

SJI is pleased to welcome alumnus Juan Cartagena as our Spring '14 Visitor from Social Justice Practice. On April 1st, Mr. Cartagena will present a lunchtime talk (see details below) and meet with students 1-on-1 and in small groups. If you wish to meet with Mr. Cartagena, please email Brian Juergens at SJI.

"Muting Race in the Immigrant's Rights Litigation"

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, virulent state and local legislation is targeting Latinos in the United States. Juan Cartagena, the President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, will assert that framing legal challenges to these laws in “immigrant’s rights” terms has muted their racial aspects and may have disconnected them from important social movements. He also will discuss his views that lawyering in a social movement requires understanding the limited role of litigation and that the rewards for public interest lawyers can be enormous.

Lunch will be served. Presented by SJI.


Juan Cartagena is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who is the President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the nation’s leading civil rights public interest law offices that represents Latinas and Latinos throughout the Eastern seaboard and works to increase their entry into the legal profession.  A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Cartagena is a former Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken, New Jersey and currently lectures on constitutional and civil rights law at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  Juan has written articles on constitutional and civil rights issues and the political representation of poor and marginalized communities – especially Puerto Rican and Latino communities – and has recently begun litigating and publishing articles on the effects of mass imprisonment on Latino communities.  Juan is frequently invited to speak about law in our diverse society and the joy of public interest lawyering.