Welcome to the Latino Law Student Association (LLSA)!
National Hispanic Heritage Month started just a week ago – marking the anniversary of independence of five Latin American Countries and celebrating the culture, heritage, and contributions of Latinos. As the number of Latinos in the United States continues to grow, so, too, does their impact.
LLSA has established itself as an organization that is heavily invested in Latino issues and public service and strengthening solidarity within the student body as well as the broader community.
LLSA was fundamental in establishing the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) which serves as a resource to the greater Madison-area. Community members can consult with CILC attorneys on their immigration issues free of charge. LLSA also recently established the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), which is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. IJC helps immigrants handle their claims against deportation. These individuals have no access to a court-appointed attorney and many do not have the means to hire a private attorney. Additionally, LLSA conducts Know Your Rights presentations to help educate immigrants and non-English speakers on their rights. All of these activities demonstrate LLSA’s longstanding commitment to social justice, as well as the UW and the greater Madison community.
This year, we look forward to not only keeping this tradition, but expanding it. With this in mind, LLSA is committed to public service, fostering a sense of community, and strengthening bridges with the student body and greater community. I have no doubt that our Executive Board and members will accomplish this and more.
I, therefore, invite you all to join LLSA and to be a part of what is bound to be an exciting year!
2013-2014 LLSA President