Andrés W. López, a prominent lawyer from Puerto Rico, will speak Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University of Central Florida about “Latino Leadership and the I-4 Corridor.” 

López will give his presentation at 3 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The event, organized by the College of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the UCF Global Perspectives Office, occurs during Hispanic Heritage Month, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the United States. It is free and open to the public.  

In 2011, PODER Magazine recognized López as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.” In 2009, he headed a commission to study the potential creation of a National Museum of the American Latino, a presidential initiative. López also spearheaded the effort to secure President Obama’s historic June 2011 visit to Puerto Rico, the first time in 50 years that a sitting U.S. president made an official trip to San Juan.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, López serves as chairman of the school’s Latino Alumni Committee. He is a founding member of the Harvard Latino Law Review and currently serves on its advisory board. 

In addition to the College of Arts and Humanities, the program is sponsored by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, the UCF Latin American Studies Program, the Global Connections Foundation and other partners.