February 16, 2016 – Marissa Soto Panelist in Upcoming CUNY Law School Event Discussing Puerto Rico Debt Crisis

Marissa Soto will join the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality for an important discussion about the economic and humanitarian crisis occurring in Puerto Rico and its relationship to two pending Supreme Court cases. The event will begin with a short documentary film showing the impact of the crisis on the people of the island followed by a panel discussion about two pending Supreme Court cases The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle, and The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Franklin California Tax Free Trust, and their implications for Puerto Rico’s present and future.

Participating on the panel are Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, who is current President of the National Lawyers Guild and a former CLORE fellow; Juan C. Dávila Santiago, a Puerto Rican Documentarian who is working with Democracy Now!; Betty Lugo, Partner at Pacheco & Lugo, and current PRBA President; and Marissa Soto, Esq., bankruptcy attorney. All of the attorney panelists participated in submitting amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the pending cases implicating Puerto Rico’s status and the economic crisis. CLORE Director Natalie Gomez-Velez will serve as Moderator.

Please join us for this important presentation and conversation. Puerto Rico needs all of our support. This begins with understanding the reasons for and broader implications of Puerto Rico’s crisis.