Meyerland Area Democrats and Friends:
We have four special guests for our March 20th meeting on the topic of Trump and immigration. They are: Attorney Bruce Coane, one of the nation’s lead legal minds on immigration law and contributor to CNN, MSNBC and other outlets; Ivan Sanchez, Senior Congressional Liaison and Field Representative for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; Juliet Katherine Stipeche, Director of Education for City of Houston; and Antonio Arellano, local multimedia journalist.
Bruce A. Coane received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from Penn State University in 1979. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the University of Houston in 1981. He is the founder and past president of the National Employment Lawyers Association-Houston Chapter and he is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is the Past-President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association-Texas, New Mexico & Oklahoma Chapter. His memberships have included being a member of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law section and the State Bar of Texas School Law section.
Mr. Coane is licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United State Court of Appeals in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Francisco, and by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He has been specially admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in Miami Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Baton Rouge and Chicago. His professional activities and memberships have included the Miami Beach Bar Association American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
His trial experience includes jury trials in both state and federal court. He has handled all types of appeals and has also represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Texas. Many of Employment law Immigration cases have been published in legal reference books and discussed in legal and professional journals.
Mr. Coane is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars for attorneys, as well as seminars and meetings for business groups, schools and community organizations. He has also appeared on various TV and radio talk shows, and he is the author of many published papers on various legal topics. Mr. Coane has six children and he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and attending concerts, theater and sporting events.
Mr. Coane is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Ivan Sanchez is a Senior Congressional Liaison and Field Representative for the Honorable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in the 18th Congressional District of Texas. Sanchez was also recently appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve in the Mayors Hispanic Advisory Board, and is the Founder and President of Houston Millennials--a (soon to be) 501(C)(3) high powered youth networking organization that’s mission is to empower and grow millennial influence in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Sanchez graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) as the Student Body President with a bachelor’s of political Science. Sanchez is a recipient of many honors including, but not limited to; a Diploma of Honors by the International Parliament of Education, congratulatory remarks from President Barrack H. Obama, and a United States Congressional Proclamation. In addition he was recognized by the Texas Legislature and the City of Houston for civic initiatives. He is a National Hispanic Professional Organization Leadership Institute Alumni, a graduate of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Institute and he was featured on the National Latino Leaders Magazine.
Throughout his young career, Sanchez has dedicated himself to service and leadership with his unwavering passion for advocacy and building stronger communities.
Sanchez was born in a very hostile environment. Following death threats in Colombia, his mother, an accomplished attorney, immigrated with her children to the United States. Although she was successful in her quest, her life was lost to cancer the year Sanchez graduated from High School. The tragedy left Sanchez nearly homeless and disoriented; however, in a daring attempt to dream for a different future he propelled himself into what he saw was the clearest means for success: schoolwork.
Nine (9) years ago, Sanchez was a young immigrant pushing shopping carts at Kroger’s as a disadvantaged minority. Today, he is an empowered professional, pushing legislation in Congress – for the disadvantaged. Sanchez believes that “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved”*
Juliet Stipeche was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Argentina and Mexico. She grew up in the diverse East End of Houston where she continues to reside today. In 1992, Ms. Stipeche graduated valedictorian of the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and earned an academic scholarship to Rice University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science, Policy Studies and Religious Studies from Rice University in 1996 and was awarded the Joseph Cooper Prize as the most outstanding Policy Studies student in her graduating class. Ms. Stipeche then attended The University of Texas School of Law and received her law degree in 1999.
Ms. Stipeche is conversant in Spanish, is a certified mediator, and has considerable courtroom, trial and appellate experience in numerous counties throughout the State of Texas. She started practicing law in the Rio Grande Valley prior to tort reform and essentially lived at the Courthouse as a young attorney where she gained invaluable hands-on experience.
She served several terms on the HISD school board and is currently Director of Education for the City of Houston.
Antonio Arellano is the only family member to receive a college education, attending the University of Houston -Clear Lake and was recognized as one of the most influential young Latino voices in the United States by Hispanicize. Originally from Michoacán, Mexico He is currently a content contributor and social media correspondent in Houston, Texas.
Arellano uses his social media platforms to educate, inform, and engage his audience on variety of topics covering immigration, civic engagement, and civil rights issues.
Arellano's social media platforms combined reach an estimated audience of over 50,000 followers, with a high concentration of millennials. His consistent innovation has garnered national attention, and he has been featured in national publications.
The Meyerland Democrats meeting is held at Fadi's Mediterranean Grill at 4738 Beechnut across from Meyerland Plaza. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. Club members include residents of Meyerland, Westbury, Maplewood, Marilyn Estates and other southwest Houston neighborhoods.
Hope to see all of you there!
Pres,Meyerland Area Democrats