Law Journal to host symposium Friday on Latin America St. Thomas Newsroom March 4, 2008 Law Journal to host symposium Friday on Latin America Experts on Latin America from the United States, Mexico and Venezuela will gather for a daylong symposium on "Latin America: Economic Development and Social Justice" Friday, March 7, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in downtown Minneapolis. The symposium, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be held in the School of Law’s Schulze Grand Atrium. The symposium is sponsored by the Law Journal at the School of Law and is open to the public. For more information call the Law Journal at (651) 962-4855. Jorge Dominguez The keynote speaker is Jorge Dominguez, vice provost for international affairs and the Antonio Madero Professor of Mexican and Latin American Politics and Economics at Harvard University. He is co-editor of the recently published The Construction of Democracy: Lessons From Practice and Research. Panel discussions will be held on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civic Participation, Economic Growth and Trade, and Law and Social Justice. Mariana Hernandez Crespo, a member of St. Thomas’ law faculty, and founder and executive director of the School of Law’s International Alternative Dispute Resolution Research Network, will discuss the network’s pilot project in Brazil. Brazilian professional mediators trained through the St. Thomas project will participate in the discussions. Mariana Hernandez Crespo Speaking at the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Civic Participation panel will be Maria De Lourdes Dieck Assad, a professor at Mexico’s ITESM university system and the former Mexican ambassador to the European Union; Mariana Hernandez Crespo of St. Thomas; and Frank Sander (by video), professor of law emeritus at Harvard. Speaking at the Economic Growth and Trade panel will be Irma Gomez Cavazos, director of international development for Cemex, an international corporation headquartered in Mexico and Mexico’s former assistant minister for economic relations; Egle Iturbe de Blanco, an economist who served as Venezuela’s minister of finance; and Antonio Perez, a professor at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. Speaking at the Law and Social Justice panel will be Rogelio Perez-Perdomo, dean of the law school at the Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela; Douglass Cassel, the Lilly Endowment Professor of Law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School; and John Reitz, the Edward Carmody Professor of Law and associate dean at the University of Iowa College of Law.