Diversity Symposium & Awards
The Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion presented a demonstration argument of U.S. v. Vaello-Madero, an equal protection challenge to the denial of SSI benefits to residents of Puerto Rico because of territorial status as interpreted by the infamous Insular Cases. The Insular Cases represent de jure discrimination against the residents of Puerto Rico and various U.S. territories based on racist assumptions about their inhabitants. The Insular Cases remain on the books despite several opportunities for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn them. The Vaello-Madero case offers the Court another chance to overturn the Insular Cases and to affirm that full equal protection applies to citizens of the U.S. territories.
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, NYS Appellate Division, 1st Department
Hon. Lizbeth González, NYS Supreme Court Appellate Term, 1st Department
T. Andrew Brown, Esq., Brown Hutchinson LLP
Anthony Ciolli, Esq., Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands
Hon. Jenny Rivera, NYS Court of Appeals
Erica G. Glenn, CUNY School of Law
Roselby M. Sosa, CUNY School of Law
Ayana M. Tan, CUNY School of Law
Nesha R. Christian-Hendrickson, Esq., U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor
Natalie M. Gomez-Velez, Esq., CUNY School of Law
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