Contact: Elizabeth Coplan
University of Washington School of Law
206.369.9412
ecoplan@uw.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2011-06-27

UW Law and UNAM collaborate to promote pro bono legal services in Mexico

SEATTLE – June 27, 2011 On May 12 and 13, members of the University of Washington School of Law faculty and leading Pacific Northwest attorneys committed to pro bono legal services met with colleagues from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) at a two day conference in Seattle to promote pro bono legal services in Mexico. The conference was the inaugural event under a Memorandum of Understanding between UW Law and UNAM that will be the foundation for student and faculty exchanges and for collaborative projects between the two universities.

The conference resulted in an action agenda that includes ongoing cooperation between UNAM and UW Law and their students on specific legal service projects and also the creation by UNAM of law clinics as a form of public service and as a way of building student commitment to the public good. UNAM and UW Law share a deep commitment to public service and the common good as the heart of their missions, and the results of the conference reflect those commitments. The conference was notable for its promise for the road ahead, and also for the dedication of its participants.

UNAM-UW Law SYMPOSIUM ON PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES CONFERENCE PARTICIANTS

  • Dean Kellye Testy (UW Law)
  • Dr. Héctor Fix-Fierro (UNAM)
  • Sr. Jesús Orozco (UNAM and Inter American Commission of Human Rights)
  • Sr. Luis Carlos Chávez (Universidad Michoacán del Oriente)
  • Professor John McKay (Seattle University; former United States Attorney for Western Washington)
  • Professor Everado Moreno (UNAM)
  • Professor Gregory A. Hicks (UW Law)
  • Ms. Karen Falkingham (Legal Foundation of Washington)
  • Mr. Dan Ford (Columbia Legal Services)
  • Mr. César Torres (Northwest Justice)
  • Sr. Jorge Madrazo (former Attorney General of Mexico and Consul of the Republic of Mexico in Seattle)
  • Ms. Michele Storms (Assistant Dean for Public Service Programs, UW Law)
  • Professor Jacqueline McMurtrie (UW Law)
  • Mr. Félix Gavi Luna (Peterson, Young, Putra law firm)
  • Professor Sean O’Connor (UW Law)
  • Professor Julio Cesar Ponce (Escuela Acatlán UNAM)
  • Professor Eduardo Torres Espinoza (Escuela Aragón UNAM)
  • Mr. Harry Schneider (Perkins Coie law firm)
  • Mr. Omar Riojas (DLA-Piper law firm)
  • Ms. Ariana Flores (UW Law student)
  • Ms. Hilary Hammell (UW Law student)
  • Srta. Alexandra Olmos Pérez (UNAM student)
  • Mr. Nicholas Marritz (UW Law student)