Law school hosts Hispanic Heritage Month panel

On October 13, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School hosted a virtual Hispanic Heritage Month Panel in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month this October. Panelists included Arturo Alfaro of Plunkett Cooney (Bloomfield Hils); and Hillsborough County, Florida, Judge Michael C. Bagge-Hernandez. The event was moderated by WMU-Cooley’s Daniela Mendez.

During the event, panelists shared the importance of understanding and celebrating the many differences between the Hispanic culture and others, and educating the nation’s population.

Bagge-Hernandez feels courts need to have attorneys who understand the culture of clients to best serve clients.

Attorney Alfaro talked about how becoming an agent of change can promote diversity and impact social issues.

“I believe that each one of us in our individual lives and our areas of influence, and our sphere of influence, we have the opportunity to bring change and make a difference,” he said.

The discussion highlighted what of the future could hold for the Hispanic culture if adults instilled impactful educational skills in today’s youth.

“We have to have representation at every level,” said Alfaro. “The Hispanic population keeps growing, but that percentage is very small at every education level, and continues to grow smaller the higher you go in education. We need to create a pipeline, then create opportunities.”

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