The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund today announced Thomas A. Saenz, Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as its new President and General Counsel. Saenz will join MALDEF in mid-August.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund announced today that it has confirmed plans to live stream the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing of Judge Sonia Sotomayor on its website, www.SotomayorforJustice.com, every day next week starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, July 13. Judge Sotomayor will make her opening statements directly after the opening announcements on Monday.
In a narrow ruling limited to analyzing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Supreme Court declared that employers are permitted to take intentional race-based action when there is a strong basis in evidence that an existing employment practice has a racially discriminatory impact.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (MALDEF) Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program and Sodexo, a world leader in foodservice and facilities management, forged a new joint venture to deliver an innovative health and wellness initiative for Latino families residing in Chicago, IL.
In the first decision by the Supreme Court interpreting the rights of English Language Learner (ELL) students under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), the Court today rejected a challenge by Arizona’s Superintendent and others seeking to diminish the State’s role in affording ELL students the opportunity to learn English.
In a resounding decision that preserves the federal Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court today rejected a constitutional attack launched by a small Texas municipal utility district, directing instead that the district can apply to be released from the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act on the same basis as larger political subdivisions.
Today, the Schuylkill County Court sentenced Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak to six and seven months in county jail on simple assault and alcohol-related convictions, respectively. Piekarsky was convicted of simple assault and underage drinking and was sentenced to six months and seven days in custody. Donchak was sentenced to serve six months in custody for the crime of simple assault and one additional month for the alcohol-related charges.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund today unveiled a new website, SotomayorForJustice.com. The new site will provide relevant and up-to-date information about the historic nomination of the first Latina to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell echoed the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (MALDEF) call for justice in the beating death of Luis Ramirez in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (MALDEF) Interim President and General Counsel Henry Solano issued the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Latina to the United States Supreme Court.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court in Flores-Figueroa v. United States, in a unanimous decision, held that the government must prove that a person charged with aggravated identity theft knew that the identity he was using belonged to another person.
MALDEF Interim President and General Counsel Henry Solano issued the following statement in response to news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter will retire from the nation’s highest court.
A jury in Schuylkill County found the two defendants, Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, accused of beating 25-year-old Luis Ramirez to death, not guilty.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund applauds Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) for his leadership on the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Today, Senator Schumer, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees, will hold a hearing titled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?”
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading legal civil rights organization, welcomed news that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1913, “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009” by a vote of 249 to 175.
Today, the 419th District Court in Travis County issued a temporary injunction blocking the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing rules that deny driver’s licenses to legal immigrants living and working in Texas. The lawsuit was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) on behalf of five individuals who are authorized to reside and work in the United States and a landscaping business that legally employs foreign workers under the federal H-2B program.
Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Board of Directors named longtime Board member Henry Solano to serve as interim president and general counsel.
Effective April 30, 2009, MALDEF’s Southeast Regional Office located in Atlanta, Georgia will close. MALDEF’s Southeast Regional Counsel, Elise Shore, will relocate and continue to serve the southeast region from our National Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) President and General Counsel John Trasviña to be the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate two Associate Judges to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Marisa J. Demeo and Florence Y. Pan.
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