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LATINOS LOOM LARGE IN LAW AND U.S. CULTURE

It was a night of music, dance, and art as the Latin American Students’ Association held its annual banquet and celebration of Latino culture in March. At La Gran Fiesta, students and officials noted the community’s growing presence in the legal profession and other facets of American life.

Former Philadelphia City Solicitor Kenneth I. Trujillo, recently appointed to Pennsylvania Governor Rendell’s transition team, was the keynote speaker. In one of the evening’s highlights, Trujillo delivered an impassioned defense of affirmative action. He did so on the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the University of Michigan’s admissions policy.

Trujillo, a partner at Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards, said schools with diverse student populations best reflect society. “How can college graduates understand the world and have intelligent views on racial matters if they’ve never mixed with people of other races?”

The evening’s theme was “Concerns of a Diverse Community.”

DANGERS OF IMPOSING DEMOCRACY BROUGHT TO LIGHT

Yale Law Professor Amy Chua came to Penn Law in March to give a timely presentation that foreshadowed the difficulties America now faces in Iraq. In a talk sponsored by the Penn International Law Organization, she spoke about the dangers of democracy and the turmoil it can cause in countries not disposed to it.

Chua, author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, is a frequent lecturer on the effects of globalization. Prior to Yale, Chua worked at the World Bank and at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she helped privatize the state-owned Telefonos de Mexico.

PENN STUDENT TAKES BEST ORALIST AT JESSUP COMPETITION

Robert Mobassaly 1L took a third place award for best oralist at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington. Penn’s team was left to right: Shannon Shah, Jacob Gurwitz, Bill Burgess, Mobassaly and Angela Migally.

 
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