Annual LEO Banquet

The Law School is committed to enrolling the strongest and most diverse class possible -- diverse in every way, with respect to life and work experiences, interests, skills, and backgrounds. And as you may know, we are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse law schools in the country. Each year our current students, faculty and alums from across the country gather for the Legal Educational Opportunities (LEO) Banquet as we celebrate our successes and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining one of the most interesting and dynamic learning environments in the country. This year's LEO Banquet will be hosted by the Middle Eastern Law Students Association.

The LEO Program was established in 1967 to address issues of diversity within the student body. The support of the LEO Community as a whole has been instrumental in our continued ability to enroll diverse incoming classes. A testament to the efforts of current students, alums, faculty and staff is the fact that we maintain an average of over 20% students of color in the student body year after year. 

2018 Annual Legal Education Opportunities Banquet

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.

Hosted by the Latino/a Law Student Association

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Cesar Adrian Vargas
CO-Founder of the Dream Action Coalition

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53715

Questions? Please contact Kimberly Raether at

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Cesar VargasCesar Adrian Vargas
Cesar Vargas is a nationally recognized leader at the forefront of the fight for immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Vargas served as the National Latino Outreach Strategist for Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. He has been recognized as one of HuffingtonPost’s “Prominent Latinos in American Politics.” Vargas was brought to New York from Mexico at age 5 after his father passed away. He excelled academically and was an honors student in both college and law school. As an undocumented law graduate from the City University of New York School of Law, he led the fight for equal opportunity and access to the practice of law.

Vargas works at the heart of the DREAMer movement, the most-vigorous pro-immigrant push by the advocacy communities to date. Vargas co-founded the Dream Action Coalition and advocates for better immigration policy on the national level. His advocacy and personal story helped in the national efforts to convince President Obama to take executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a much-needed program in light of congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Vargas has also educated immigrants across the country on their rights, spoken on behalf of his community at congressional hearings, volunteered at clinics to help immigrants know their rights, counseled military families dealing with immigration issues, and provided pro-bono representation to children facing deportation in immigration court. Vargas is a frequent guest as a political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews,  and Univision, Telemundo.

Vargas applied to join the New York bar in 2012, but the Second Department's Committee on Character and Fitness recommended against his application because of his immigration status. In June, 2015, and after nearly three-years legal battle, a five-judge panel in New York ruled that Vargas can be admitted to practice law in the state he has called home for most of his life. In February of 2016, he was finally sworn-in as a licensed attorney making history as the first undocumented lawyer to openly apply to the state of New York.

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