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Legal System and Puerto Ricans

2. Legal System and Puerto Ricans

Moderator: Carmen Pacheco, President, Puerto Rican Bar Association (NY)
Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF (NY, NY and Orlando, FL)
Roseni Plaza, National Employment Lawyers Association/New York
Anthony Suárez, Esq., President, Puerto Rican Bar Association of Orlando (FL)

Carmen Pacheco

Juan Cartagena

Roseni Plaza

Anthony Suárez


Carmen Pacheco is a founding partner of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC. Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC is the first Hispanic women-owned law firm of New York established at One World Trade Center in January 1992.

Ms. Pacheco has a comprehensive practice advising clients from initial entity formation to possible exit strategies, strategic joint ventures, licensing, and commercial and residential real property transactions. She has considerable experience with all types of retail, office and ground leases, construction loans, acquisitions and acquisition loans, dispositions, listing and engagement contracts, construction and architect contracts, real estate brokerage, and real estate partnerships and joint ventures. More...

Juan Cartagena is one of the nation's leading voices on equality and nondiscrimination who has successfully used the law to effectuate systems change for the benefit of marginalized communities. A dynamic public speaker, seasoned litigator and educator Mr. Cartagena is currently the President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF a national civil rights public interest law office that represents Latinas and Latinos throughout the country and works to increase their entry into the legal profession.

He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who has vast experience litigating cases on behalf of Latino and African American communities. He formerly served as General Counsel and Vice President for Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York. At CSS he also directed the Mass Imprisonment & Reentry Initiative which focuses on the effects these policies have on poor and minority communities. More...

Roseni Plaza is the Executive Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association, NY (NELA/NY), a plaintiff side, civil rights bar association, which advocates for employee rights. She is also a consultant for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, where she has worked as a Research Assistant, National Affinity Coordinator and Project Manager. Roseni currently sits on the Centro Roundtable on Puerto Rico.

Roseni is also a member on the Executive Board of the National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA), a nonpartisan coalition of major stateside Puerto Rican national and local organizations and distinguished community leaders from all over the nation, where she strategizes on National Coalition building. More...

Anthony Suárez, Esq admitted to the Bar in 1977 in New York and in 1992 in Florida, Mr. Sanchez has had a varied career, as a trial attorney, counsel to New York State Legislature, community activist, Member of the Florida state Legislature, United States Delegate to the Guatamala Peace Accords in 1996, currently adjunct Professor of Law and Radio talk show host. He has tried hundreds of jury trials and argued dozens of cases before appellate courts thus he has had a wide experience in the law over the 31 years of practice. Born in New York City of parents from Puerto Rico. Bar Admissions: New York, 1978 Florida, 1991 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1979 U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1979 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991 U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1998 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1998 U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, 1992. More...