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The Latino Legal Experience in Minnesota: An Event with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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On October 18, 2016, over 100 Latino students from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area participated in an interactive program at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The event was organized by the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

The program for the students featured a meet-and-greet and Q&A session with Justice Sotomayor, who shared her experiences growing up and how her ethnicity has shaped her life. Other highlights included the presentation of the colors and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish by the El Sol Boy Scouts. Singers from Anwatin Middle School also sang America the Beautiful and the Star Spangled Banner.

Middle school and high school students in attendance were selected based on their writing, artwork, and oral history projects submitted to the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) on the theme My Past, My Future: Latino in Minnesota. Each student attending received a copy of Justice Sotomayor's book, My Beloved World.

Over 200 Federal and State judges, members of the legal community, and parents were in attendance to observe the program.

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2017 Latino Legal Experience Part Two

The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, together with the MN Hispanic Bar Association and the MN Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, visited Anwatin International Baccalaureate World School Spanish Dual Immersion and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the fall of 2017 to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. Visits included panel discussions with Judge Ann Montgomery, Judge Nelson Peralta, Jerry Alcazar, Aleida Conners, Amy Conners, and other attorneys from the MN Hispanic Bar Association. As part of the program, students at both schools watched the Someone Like Me Can Do This video as well as the highlight video from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's visit to Minnesota in October of 2016. During the program, students were able to ask questions of the panelists about their experiences growing up, attending law school, and working in the legal field as a Latino. Students were also able to sign up for the continuing mentor program with a member of the MN Hispanic Bar Association.

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For additional information on the District of Minnesota's outreach programs, please contact Rebeccah Parks at or (612) 664-5124.