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Hispanic student law association makes strides

Submitted by Patrick Lindsey on August 24, 2011 – 6:34 pmNo Comment

The Hispanic Student Law Association (HSLA) from the UALR Bowen School of Law will be recognized as the law student organization of the year by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) at their annual convention in Dallas from Aug. 31 until Sept. 3.

According to the HBNA website, the annual convention is “the nation’s largest Hispanic Career Fair for law students and legal professionals.”

Caleb Garcia, president of the HSLA, and other members of the chapter have worked with the Hispanic community in Little Rock and networked as a means of maximizing their effectiveness as a student organization.  “We had letters of support from Catholic Charities of Arkansas and our dean, John DiPippa,” Garcia said.

The HLSA formed a rapic response unit.  “Basically we train unit members to respond on behalf of citizens after immigration raids by law enforcement,” he continued.  “We’re there to ensure that those who find themselves being questioned or apprehended have an understanding of what’s taking place and why.”

The HLSA seeks to expand its latest effort of assisting the Hispanic community.  “We’ve just started a program called ‘Street Law en Espanol’ which aims to translate information concerning foreclosures.  One can imagine how hard it is for native speakers of English to comprehend, thus, we felt that there was a real demand for this service.

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