Upcoming Symposiums: Mexico-U.S. Exchange

December 14, 2004

For further info contact: Professor Henry McGee, (206) 398.4026

Symposiums on legal issues concerning Mexico’s relationships with the United States have been scheduled for January, March, and April of 2005 at the Seattle University School of Law. Experts on Mexico will be featured speakers in events sponsored by the Seattle University School of Law’s México U.S. Program on Academic and Judicial Exchanges (México-U.S Programma de Intercambios de Académicos y Magistrados).

The Program was established last year by Seattle University School of Law Dean Rudolph Hasl with the cooperation and encouragement of Jorge Madrazo, Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Seattle.

The series of presentations will commence January 27 with a program entitled, “American Purchases of Real Estate in Mexico: New Perspectives for a New Era.” Tacoma lawyer Chuck Granoski is the featured speaker. Commentators include Irma Jimenez, a Mexican lawyer who is presently an LL.M (Masters degree) student at Seattle University School of Law, and local attorney David Spencer, a bilingual business lawyer, and a founder the U.S. Northwest Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

The program for March 9 will feature Jorge Madrazo, Consul General of the Mexican Consulate in Seattle. The presentation is entitled, “The Influence of Anglo-American Models of Criminal Justice in Latin America.” Dr. Madrazo, former Attorney General of Mexico, and a professor at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) will discuss legislation pending in the Mexican Congress to enact further human rights-based protections in the prosecution of criminal cases.

The Criminal Justice symposium will also feature King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez who will discuss legal reforms in Argentina, while Seattle University Professor Raven Lidman will discuss proposals in Nicaragua modeled in part on the U.S. system of criminal justice. Seattle University Professor Henry W. McGee, Jr., Director of the Mexico-U.S. Program will explore the history of debates in the Spanish Cortes (Congress) concerning rights of persons accused of crime in post-Franco Spain.

The series culminates April 22 with a Continuing Legal Education Program, co-sponsored by the Seattle University CLE program and focused on the controversial U.S. Supreme Court’s Hoffman Plastic decision. The half-day long program will examine the high court’s decision holding that undocumented aliens were not entitled to back-pay remedies under the National Labor Relations Act. The InterAmerican Court of Human Rights ruled (with widespread agreement among U.S. experts) that the outcome of the litigation violated fundamental human rights norms, whether or not the workers were undocumented under U.S. immigration laws.

Shawn Lipton, Seattle University CLE director, has said he anticipates the session should be of interest to lawyers from a number of areas of practice, among them civil rights, labor law, and torts (wrongs addressed in civil rather than criminal courts). Featured speakers include Rich Ahearn, Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board, Jorge Madrazo of the Mexican Consulate, and Rebecca Smith, chief staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project.

The first two symposia are scheduled for the second floor, Sullivan Hall, Seattle University School of Law, 901 12th Ave., from 4-6 p.m. The April 22 CLE times and room will be announced. Check the Continuing Legal Education Upcoming Events page for details.