August 22, 2019

ABA President James Silkenat to Speak at Hispanic National Bar Association Convention in Denver

James Silkenat, current president of the ABA, will be in Denver this weekend to speak at the Hispanic National Bar Association‘s 2013 Annual Convention. Mr. Silkenat became president of the ABA this August at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, where the ABA report, Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life, was also unveiled.

The report was prepared by the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities was formed in 2010 to explore and report on urgent legal issues facing the Latino population, including the effect of overcoming legal hurdles on the civic lives of Latinos and Latinas, the country’s largest ethnic group.

The commission and its work represent the ABA’s commitment to advancing the needs of the Latino community and its organizations in America. Lawyers and policymakers can use this report as a resource to help them understand the important issues impacting Latinos.

“Through this report, the ABA recognizes that Hispanic legal rights and responsibilities are at the forefront of legal issues affecting our nation, such as immigration, voting rights, language and citizenship,” said Stephen N. Zack, the ABA’s first Hispanic president. “This is a first step toward putting a spotlight on and resolving these important issues.”

Mr. Silkenat is expected to present on the recommendations of the report at the HNBA Annual Convention this weekend. Mr. Silkenat has been active in the ABA for many years. He has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1990, and has been active in many ABA committees, especially in areas related to international law. He received the Diversity Champion Award from the Bar Association of the City of New York. He is a frequent lecturer, and will present with the perspective of an experienced international law practitioner at the HBNA convention.

Click here for more information regarding the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Click this link for the full report, Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life.

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