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Centennial of the Constitution of Mexico Celebratory Conference

Centennial of the Constitution of Mexico Celebratory Conference

 

The St. Mary’s University School of Law will host the Centennial of the Constitution of Mexico Celebratory Conference on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in the Law Classrooms Building, Courtroom.

Constitution of MexicoPlease join us for a discussion of the Constitution of Mexico, the Mexican Supreme Court and the Mexican Federal Congress. The conference 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.

Speakers will include The Hon. 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 Hon. Erika A. Rodríguez Hernández, of the Chamber of Deputies for the LXIII Legislature of the Mexican Congress; and The Hon. Ernesto Martens Rebolledo, former Secretary of Energy for Mexico, among others.

Conference registration is $50, which includes 8.25 hours of CLE credits, lunch and a fiesta following the conference. Attending the lunch only is $20.

The conference is free to members of the Dean’s Circle or Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Club. Law students may attend sessions for free and the lunch for $20.

To attend the lunch, please RSVP to Ofilia Rodarte at orodarte@stmarytx.edu or 210-436-3530 by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Those traveling to campus by car are asked to park in Lot D near the NW 36th Street entrance. A map to the Law Classrooms Building is available here.

Schedule:

  • 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. – Welcome and Greetings (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • Thomas Mengler, J.D., President of St. Mary’s University
    • Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean, St. Mary’s Law
  • 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
  • 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. – Lunch (Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Alumni Room)
    • Grace and Invocation: Sister Grace Walle, F.M.I., Chaplain, St. Mary’s Law
    • Keynote Address: Frank Herrera Jr. (J.D. ’67)
  • 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
  • 3:15 to 4 p.m. – Mexican Constitutional Law and Change (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • The Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Simultaneous Programs

  • 4 to 5 p.m. – Academic Panel (Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Alumni Room)
    • Moderator: Dr. Jorge Sánchez Cordero
    • Participants:
      • Angel Guillermo Ruíz Moreno, Dean, Universidad de Guadalajara
      • Luis A. Perez Benitez, Professor, Universidad Valle de Mexico,
        Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
      • Gerardo Puertas, Professor, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey
  • 4 to 5 p.m. – Inter-American Judicial Dialogue (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • Moderator: The Hon. Edward Prado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Participants:
      • The Hon. Pedro Francisco Pérez Vásquez, Regional Appeals Magistrate of the Judicial Branch of Tamaulipas, Mexico
      • The Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Court
      • The Hon. Patricia Alvarez, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals
      • The Hon. Luis Manuel Navarro Cruz, Family Judge, Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico
      • The Hon. Irene Rios (J.D. ’90), Texas Fourth Court of Appeals
      • The Hon. Oscar Hale, Texas 406th District Court
      • The Hon. José Alberto Ciprés Sánchez, Control Judge of the Criminal Oral Trials, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
      • The Hon. Ron Rangel (J.D. ’96), Bexar County 379th Criminal District Court
  • 5 to 6 p.m. – Lawyers’ Panel (Law Classrooms Building, Room 102)
    • Introduction: John Barr (J.D. ’80)
    • Moderator: Martin Beirne (J.D. ’69), Chair, St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees
    • Participants:
      • Lic. José María González Elizondo, Monterrey, Mexico
      • Lic. Jesús Ramírez, Mexico City
      • Zachary O. Luce (J.D. ’06), San Antonio, Texas
      • José Luis Carbonell (J.D. ’02), El Paso, Texas
      • Lic. Andrés González, Monterrey, Mexico
      • Lic. Agustin Acosta Azcón, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 5 to 6 p.m. – Judges’ Reception (Invitation only, Law Administration Building, Law Atrium)
  • 6 p.m. – Adjournment
    • Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., Dean, St. Mary’s Law
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Fiesta Reception (School of Law Courtyard)
    • Invocation: The Rev. Rudy Vela, S.M., D.Min., St. Mary’s University

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