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St. Mary’s Law honors centennial of Mexico’s Constitution with discussion by Julian Castro, Mexican dignitaries

Mexico's Constitution of 1917The St. Mary’s University School of Law will host the Centennial of the Constitution of Mexico Celebratory Conference on Friday, Feb. 3, in the courtroom of the Law Classrooms Building.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, the conference will create a space for dialogue about critical issues related to the future of Mexico-U.S. relations.

“In these times of great discussion regarding Mexico, we believe there is room for thoughtful study of its laws,” said Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean of the School of Law.

Speakers will include the Honorable Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Ministro Alberto Pérez Dayán of the Supreme Court of Mexico; the Honorable Erika A. Rodríguez Hernández of the Chamber of Deputies for the LXIII Legislature of the Mexican Congress; and the Honorable Ernesto Martens Rebolledo, former Secretary of Energy for Mexico.

“This is St. Mary’s Law’s 90th year, and it is very fitting that we celebrate our ties to the Mexican bench and bar,” Sheppard said. “The Constitution of Mexico is a great and lasting achievement, and it is appropriate for American lawyers and judges to become comfortable with this important legal system.”

Topics of discussion will include the Constitution of Mexico, Mexico’s Supreme Court and the Mexican Federal Congress. It will also include a discussion of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Hernandez v. Mesa, which stemmed from the incident of a U.S. border patrol agent on U.S. soil fatally shooting a Mexican teenager standing across the border in Mexico.

“Feb. 5 marks the birth of the Mexican Constitution of 1917 as Mexico celebrates its 100 years of protecting the rights of the people of Mexico,” said conference organizer Roberto Rosas, St. Mary’s University Research Professor of Law and a native of Guadalajara, Mexico. “With this motive to celebrate within and outside the borders of Mexico, we want all of the United States, but particularly San Antonio, to be part of this important historical celebration.”

St. Mary’s Law provides “the ideal forum to promote argumentation, reasoning, reflection and a route to find solutions to the realities experienced by both countries today,” Rosas added.

The conference will last from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Conference registration is $50, which includes 8.25 hours of CLE credits, lunch and a fiesta following the conference. View the complete schedule.

Schedule highlights include:

  • 8:50 to 10 a.m. – Ambassadors’ Table Talk (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • James Creagan, Ambassador, St. Mary’s University Eugene Scassa Visiting Professor of International Diplomacy
    • Oliver P. Garza, Ambassador
    • Cecilia Elizondo Herrera, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State
  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. – The U.S. Supreme Court Argument for Hernandez v. Mesa (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • Robert C. Hilliard (J.D. ’83)
  • 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. – Mexico, the United States, and the Future (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • The Hon. Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio (2009–2014), U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014–2017)
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Energy and the Constitutional Reform
    • The Hon. Ernesto Martens Rebolledo, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy (2000–2003)
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. – Europe, Mexico, and the United States
    • The Right Hon. Henry McLeish, First Minister of Scotland (2000–2001), St. Mary’s Law Visiting Professor of European Studies
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. – The Constitution of Mexico Today
    • The Hon. Erika A. Rodríguez Hernández, Chamber of Deputies, LXIII Legislature of the Mexican Congress
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – The Constitution and the Mexico Supreme Court
    • Alberto Pérez Dayán, Supreme Court of the Nation of Mexico
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – The Constitution and the Mexico Supreme Court (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • Ministro Alberto Pérez Dayán, Supreme Court of the Nation of Mexico

Those traveling to campus by car are asked to park in Lot D near the NW 36th Street entrance.

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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