LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference

Education, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice

Lawyers for Civil Rights at the 2023 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) convention. 

LCR’s legal warriors and our community partners will be presenting on a wide range of cutting-edge civil rights and intersectional issues at the upcoming HNBA Conference in Minneapolis on September 6-8, 2023. This is where you can find us during the conference:

Plenary: The Path Forward for Affirmative Action

The recent Supreme Court decision in Students for Fair Admission, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College substantially limited the use of race as a consideration in the admissions process for higher education institutions. The decision will trigger colleges and universities across the U.S. to reassess their admissions processes to ensure compliance with this new guidance. This plenary focuses on understanding the Supreme Court’s ruling, navigating continued diversity challenges, and discussing ongoing barriers to diversity in education and beyond.


Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, MA

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF, Los Angeles, CA

David Hinojosa, Director of the Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC

Elizabeth Iglesias, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL 

Madeleine Plasencia, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL


Protected & Served? Issues in the Criminal and Immigration System Affecting Diverse Communities

Our communities interact with the criminal legal system at various points including law enforcement, the courts, prisons and jails. In 2022, Lambda Legal conducted the Protected and Served? community survey on the experiences of LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV in the criminal legal system — we will share the findings. The panel will also discuss bias, discrimination, and abuse in the system — and litigation and legislative advocacy to address this misconduct.


Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, MA

Pedro Pavon, Global Policy Director: Monetization Privacy and Fairness, Meta, Atlanta, GA 

Richard Saenz, Senior Attorney, Lambda Legal, New York, NY

Miriam Albert, Staff Attorney, Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, MA