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MALDEF president to speak at Wayne State

Detroit: John Trasviņa, interim president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) will speak at the Wayne State University Law School on Thursday, September 21, 2006.

Mr. Trasviņa will speak on “Legal Issues Facing Latinos and America’s Future” in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit, MI.  The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.  The event is free and open to the public.

John Trasviņa

For the past two decades John Trasviņa has been a national voice on both the local and federal level on issues such as immigration and civil rights of immigrants and minority communities.  He has written and spoken on voting rights, immigration policy, workers rights, English-only policies, diversity, and education.

John Trasviņa served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Justice Department, and from 1987 to 1993 was counsel to Senator Paul Simon on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  In 1997 he was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate to be Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.

Prior to joining MALDEF in 2005, Mr. Trasviņa was director of the Discrimination Research Center in Berkeley and Los Angeles.  He also taught Immigration Law at Stanford Law School.

A native of San Francisco, Mr. Trasviņa is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School.

Parking for the Trasviņa event is available across from the Law School in Structure #1 for $3.50.  For more information on this event, please contact Robin Dortenzio (313) 577-3934 or [email protected].






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