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School of Law to Explore Hurricane Maria and the Politics of Disaster in Puerto Rico

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 - 12:00 AM All News , Law

The School of Law will host a talk by Annette M. Martinez-Orabona on “(Un)natural Disasters and Human Rights: Hurricane Maria and the Politics of Disaster in Puerto Rico,” Wednesday, October 24 at noon in the Blake Law Center Common. Martinez-Orabona’s appearance is sponsored by the School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series as part of the law school’s celebration of Public Interest Week. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Annette Martinez-Orabona is an international human rights lawyer and activist with extensive experience in national and international human rights protection systems. Currently, her work focuses on community-based legal advocacy to improve access to economic, social, and environmental rights in Puerto Rico. She serves as Director of the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, as well as Clinical Professor of Law at Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

For more than 30 years, the Clason Speaker Series has provided a venue for thought-provoking discussion on current legal topics. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent local attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served as Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. All Clason Speaker Series events are open to students, alumni, the University community, and the general public.