STEFAN LATORRE is an early riser. He travels o en, but every weekday at 7:30 a.m., you can nd him on his Spanish language radio show, “La Verdad de la Ley.” The name of the show translates literally as “The Truth of the Law,” and that’s what he intends to convey. When he started the program more than 10 years ago, the lawyer set out to address common concerns and misconceptions, and inform Charlotte’s Hispanic community about their legal rights. Listeners call in with their legal questions and Latorre provides the best answers he can. The show is broadcast on stations up and down the east coast, including Charlotte’s Latina 102.3 and La Raza 106.1.
When he’s not taking caller questions, Latorre and his staÂ represent clients in personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, and immigration cases. Latorre also served as chair of Charlotte’s Immigrant Integration Task Force, where he studied the city’s immigrant population and made recommendations to improve quality of life for all Charlotte residents. Latorre sat down with Charlotte magazine recently and talked about his show as well as the changes he’s seen over two decades of living and working here. Here he is, in his own words, edited for clarity and space:
BACK WHEN I STARTED, there was a little station—there was only one station—that was transmitting in Spanis