Gabriel Sandoval to Moderate Expert Panel on Affirmative Action as Part of Civil Rights Series of the American Bar Foundation’s Network for Justice
AALRR Partner Gabriel Sandoval will moderate an expert panel on affirmative action on October 27, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) as part of a free civil rights webinar series organized by the American Bar Foundation’s Network for Justice. Entitled, “Latinx & Higher Education: Affirmative Action & the Commitment of Hispanic Serving Institutions,” the webinar will examine the current state of federal law governing affirmative action/diversity admission programs at institutions of higher education with particular emphasis placed on the recent federal court challenge to Harvard University’s use of race in its admissions program. The webinar will also explore the critically important role that Hispanic Serving Institutions play throughout our nation in providing access and opportunity to all students seeking to secure a postsecondary education. Expert speakers will include:
- David Hinojosa, Director of Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Loretta Martinez, Chief Legal Counsel, University of New Mexico
- Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, the Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund
Mr. Sandoval is a partner in AALRR’s Education Law and Public Entity Labor and Employment Practice Groups. As part of his statewide practice, Mr. Sandoval provides counsel to educational institutions and other public and private entities in a wide range of matters, such as all aspects of education and employment law and compliance with our federal and state civil rights laws. He further represents clients in achieving fair and equitable results in connection with investigations conducted by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Finally, Mr. Sandoval conducts sensitive and complex investigations of employee and student complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; provides antidiscrimination trainings; and reviews and revises policies to ensure compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws. Prior to joining AALRR, Mr. Sandoval served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education—the largest office of the federal government focused exclusively on the enforcement of civil rights compliance in our nation’s schools and universities.