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Tulane Law Student to Deliver Keynote Address in Ecuador

November 07, 2006

Michael DePetrillo, a third-year student at Tulane Law School and current Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division, will travel to Ecuador in early November to deliver the keynote address at a student conference on human trafficking. In addition he will visit various anti-human trafficking facilities and meet with local high school and law students. The trip is part of larger initiative of the ABA’s Latin America and Caribbean Law Initiative Council (ABA/LACLIA).

DePetrillo will begin the trip in Quito and accompany a delegation led by ABA President Karen Mathis to visit anti-human trafficking facilities and meet with government officials.  For the second part of the trip DePetrillo will travel to Guayaquil for the student conference on human trafficking. There he will have the opportunity to meet with local students and participate in discussions on the issue of human trafficking. On November 10 he will deliver the keynote address to Ecuadorian law students to talk about the positive impact of student leaders. 

“I plan to focus on the power of student leaders to bring about change and help unify students for common purposes,” DePetrillo said. “The response of law students following Hurricane Katrina, in particular, is a perfect example of what can be accomplished. I hope that through examples like this, along with highlighting how student organizations are set up in the United States, I will demonstrate some ways in which Ecuadorian law students can join together and have a positive impact on issues such as human trafficking.”

The student conference on human trafficking is part of the ABA/LACLIA’s Project to Combat Trafficking in Persons - Ecuador. The project was started to combat the trafficking in persons in Ecuador. Overall, the project seeks to establish a partnership between key government and non-government organizations that creates a strong and focused national movement for the eradication of trafficking in persons.

The American Bar Association (ABA) is the leading voice of the legal profession in the nation. With more than 410,000 members (including 51,000+ law student members) the ABA’s activities include providing law school accreditation, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, guidelines on rules and ethics of professional conduct, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA also designs programs and publications specifically targeted to help law students succeed in their studies and in building their legal careers. For more information visit, www.abanet.org


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