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Appellate Division, Second Department to host roundtable discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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The Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department of the New York State Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will host a special roundtable discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the Hispanic community in the legal and civic sectors. 

Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., the event is titled “Latinas Leading in the 21st Century: A Discussion.”

The discussion will be moderated by Darlene Rodriguez, journalist and co-anchor of NBC-TV’s “Today in New York.” Participants include a diverse panel of high-profile Latina professionals such as Hon. Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Carmen Velasquez, justice of the Queens County Supreme Court; Catherine Torres, partner at MirRam Group, LLC; Debralee Santos, editor of Manhattan Times and the Bronx Free Press; and Taina Borrero, senior vice president at the Hayes Initiative.

“I am both proud and delighted to present this important program in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Hon. Hector LaSalle, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department. “I look forward to what I know will be a thought-provoking evening, an insightful exchange of ideas and experiences by some of New York’s most influential Latina voices.”

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The event is set to be held at the courthouse located at 45 Monroe Place in Brooklyn, New York. For those unable to attend in person, the discussion will also be livestreamed at

The Appellate Division, Second Department is an intermediate appellate court responsible for hearing appeals from trial courts in 10 counties, including Kings, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester, encompassing more than half of the state’s population.


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