The Roger Williams University School of Law and the Office of Diversity & Outreach presents a celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
A keynote address will be delivered by Jorge Elorza, a professor of law at Roger Williams University and judge presiding in the Providence Housing Court.
Raised by Guatemalan immigrant parents in inner-city Providence, Professor Jorge Elorza returned to his old neighborhood after his graduation from Harvard Law School to give back to his community as an attorney for Rhode Island Legal Services. Professor Elorza has litigated race discrimination cases and represented both private and public housing tenants in Rhode Island Courts. Professor Elorza continues his work here at RWU as one of the moving forces and co-chair of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. This organization pulls together resources from Rhode Island universities, business firms and community-based organizations to provide a data-driven analysis of issues relating to Latinos in Rhode Island. He has defended the constitutionality of the Rhode Island Lead Hazard Mitigation Act before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Because of his expertise in housing matters, he was recently appointed to preside in the Providence Housing Court.
Professor Elorza teaches Property, Advanced Constitutional Law, and Housing & Policy. His research interests are in the Economics of Housing Policy and the intersection of Law, Science and Religion.
A reception will follow the keynote address.