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St. Mary’s Law expands relationship with Mexico

February 22, 2016


School to host Binational Conversation on Mexican Women’s Perspectives

The St. Mary’s University School of Law, in partnership with the Centro de los Mexicanos en la Globalización, will host a Binational Conversation on Mexican Women’s Perspectives on Friday, Feb. 26.

The event is part of an ongoing expansion of ties between the St. Mary’s University School of Law and educational institutions in Mexico. The efforts include forming agreements with the Universidad de Guadalajara and Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey to exchange students, faculty and legal publications.

“St. Mary’s Law is committed to expanding access to international legal education and to broadening understanding of U.S. and Mexican legal issues among St. Mary’s Law students and those enrolled in Mexico,” said St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D. “Pursuing academic collaboration and cooperation with respected Mexican institutions and hosting the Binational Conversation on Mexican Women’s Perspectives enrich the educational experience of future legal leaders from both nations.”

During the Binational Conversation on Mexican Women’s Perspectives, a panel of human rights and equality experts will discuss women’s empowerment in Mexico and their contributions in the United States, including immigration issues and representation through the electoral process.

“This unprecedented event will allow experts from two countries with a shared border and shared migration issues to discuss the fundamental issue of human rights,” said Roberto Rosas, J.S.D., the St. Mary’s Law faculty member who organized the event. “It is an opportunity for those from both countries to move from anger to action and to overcome the deep human rights crisis that migration represents in our time.”

The event will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in Conference Room B of the University Center on the St. Mary’s campus.

Speakers include:

  • Erika A. Rodríguez, Federal Congresswoman in Mexico’s House of Representatives
  • Martha Sánchez Néstor, an indigenous leader who was selected for the U.N. Women Civil Society Advisory Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, will discuss her report, “Indigenous Women: identities that unite across the border.”
  • The Hon. Patricia O. Alvarez, J.D., Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals.
  • Ivonne Velasco, Ph.D., former director of the Instituto de la Mujer para el Estado
    de Morelos, will discuss her report, “Exodus.”
  • Gloria Romo, human rights activist with the Centro de los Mexicanos en la
    Globalización, will discuss her report, “Migrant women deprived of their liberty.”
  • Marta Eugenia Dávila, a journalist specializing in mass media and gender
    equality, will discuss her report, “The invisibility of migrant women in the
  • Irene Keegan, National Chair of Asociacion de Mujeres Empresarias y
    Profesionales Latinas, will discuss her report, “Entrepreneur women.
  • Margarita Olivas, J.D., women’s agrarian rights advocate with the Facultad Libre
    de Derecho de Monterrey, will discuss her report, “The land that is waiting …”
  • Marta Caballero, Ph.D., professor with the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de
    Morelos, will discuss her report, “Migrant women and health: bilateral research
  • Edith Roque Huerta, J.S.D., Professor of Law with the Universidad de
    Guadalajara, will discuss her report, “New challenges of female migration.”
  • Moderator: Dayla S. Pepi, J.D., St. Mary’s University Clinical Professor of Law

The conversation, which is open to the public, will be conducted in Spanish and translated into English.

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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