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					                              La Raza Lawyers News
SAN DIEGO LA RAZA
LAWYERS ASSOCIATION




 Board of Directors                                                                                     D E C E M B E R       2 0 0 9


    President
Nadia P. Bermudez      Holiday Party Draws New Members,
  Vice-President
Eran M. Bermudez       Benefits Children of Casa Cornelia
    Secretary         On Sunday, December 13, 2009,           grateful to La Raza Lawyers of San
   Maria Nuñez        members of San Diego La Raza            Diego for helping us bring joy into
                      Lawyers Association gathered in         the lives of abused and abandoned
     Treasurer        the holiday spirit.                     children through our annual toy
                                                              drive. Many of these children           Clarice, Sebastien & Blaise Barrelet;
    Sergio Feria      A number of Superior Court
                                                              would have not otherwise re-               Victor Nunez and Lilia Garcia
                      Judges joined the festivities includ-
                      ing, Superior Court Judges Fred         ceived a gift this year, and you
 At-Large Directors
                      Castro, Ana Espana, Patricia Gar-       helped make it possible!”
 Francisco Aldana
 Ruben Arizmendi      cia, and Amalia Meza. Chief of          Members were treated to a live
 Rafael Castellanos   Police of Chula Vista, David Be-        mariachi performance and taco
   Alara Chilton      jarano was also in attendance.          dinner.
  Marissa Dragoo      The event also featured a toy drive     San Diego La Raza Lawyers thanks
  Silvia L. Garcia    to benefit Casa Cornelia. Execu-        Marco Torres and Marissa Be-
     Josh Hale        tive Director of Casa Cornelia and      jarano for hosting the event in
  Lizzette Herrera    La Raza member, Carmen Chavez           their home.
                                                                                                     Above: Mrs. and Mr. Jesse Navarro;
  Raquel Prieguez     said: “Casa Cornelia Law Center is      Happy Holidays to All!                     Daniel and Karen Guevara;
Robert C. Rodriguez                                                                                 Below: Board Members Marissa Dragoo,
 Marco A. Torres                         La Raza Congratulates Alexander for                        Rafael Castellanos and Eran Bermudez
                                         Winning A County Bar Seat.
   Judicial Chair                      A Note from Christopher Alexander:
                                       “Due to the hard work of La Raza and many other
    Lilia Garcia
                                       organizations, I have been elected to the SDCBA
                                       Board of Directors. Thank you for your sup-
    Immediate                          port. As a member of La Raza, I am humbled and
   Past-President     honored to represent our organization on the Board. I look forward
 Lorena Slomanson     to working with you to further our goals of diversity, equality, and
                      access to justice. ¡Felices Fiestas!”


                      La Raza’s New Mentorship Program Unveiled.
                      By Guillermo Escobedo, Senior Counsel at Gordon & Rees, LLP
                                                   La Raza Lawyers is pleased to announce that it is starting a Mentoring
                                         Program for 2010. The Program will place law students with practicing attorneys
                                         throughout San Diego County. Law students will be matched with attorneys
                                         based on the student's areas of interest and the attorney's practice areas. The
                                         purpose of the program is to provide law students with guidance in their legal
                                         career, and to help develop professional relationships with colleagues.
                                                   We encourage all La Raza members to participate in the program. If
                                         you're interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee, please contact
                                         Guillermo Escobedo at gescobedo@gordonrees.com.
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                                                                                                      A riotous blend com-
Culture Clash                                                                                        edy and social activism
                                                                                                     by and starring Richard
 Event for Members         AND SAN DIEGO LA RAZA LAWYERS ASSOCIATION                                  Montoya, Ric Salinas
February 25, 2010          ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A SPECIAL GROUP                                    and Herbert Siguenza
    at 8:00 p.m.           SHOWING OF CULTURE CLASH ON THURSDAY,
                                                                                                                 ▪
  Tickets are only         FEBRUARY 25, 2010 WITH A SPECIAL GROUP RATE                                 Culture Clash in the
  $29 for the San                                                                                      Lyceum Theatre at
  Diego La Raza                                                                                           Horton Plaza
 Lawyers Associa-                                                                                                ▪
                                                                                                       Free parking at the
tion and include 1                                                                                    Horton Plaza parking
free drink coupon!                                                                                      garage for up to 6
                                                                                                              hours!
  Be sure to mention                                                                                             ▪
 your group name “La                                                                                  San Diego Repertory
 Raza Lawyers” when                                                                                          Theatre
you call the Box Office                                                                               79 Horton Plaza, San
                                                                                                        Diego, CA 92101
                                                                                                                 ▪
    Past-                                                                                               Ticket box office:
                                                                                                          619-544-1000
  Presidents                                                                                              www.sdrep.org
                                                                                                                 ▪
  Hon. Rafael Arreola
  Hon. Roy B. Cazares
                                                                                                      Join La Raza Lawyers
    Nicholas Aguilar                                                                                  on February 25, 2010
Elizabeth Franco Bradley                                                                                   at 8:00 p.m.
   Raymond Mercado                                                                                     Tickets are only $29
   Rosemary Esparza                                                                                   for the San Diego La
    Robert A. Garcia                                                                                 Raza Lawyers Associa-
   Richard R. Castillo                                                                               tion and include 1 free
      John Jimenez
   Manuel L. Ramirez                                                                                      drink coupon!
  Manuel Corrales, Jr.
     George Aguilar
    Ruben Arizmendi
       Ray Aragon          In Memoriam.
       Sergio Feria        District Court Judge Napolean A. Jones, Jr. died December 12, 2009 at his home. Born in 1940 in
      Michael Perez        Hodge, Louisiana, Hon. Jones served most recently as a Judge of the United States District Court,
     Esther Sanchez        Southern District of California. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 8, 1994, to a
      Alvin Gomez          seat vacated by Earl B. Gilliam, and was confirmed by the Senate on September 14, 1994. Hon.
     Arturo Herrera        Jones assumed senior status on September 19, 2007.
       Luis Aragon
     Alex Balvaneda        Hon. Jones was a graduate of San Diego State University, where he received his B.A. and a
       Lilia Garcia        M.S.W. He earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1971. His
                           professional career included service in the U.S. Army, and as a Staff Attorney for California Rural
      Carlos Varela
                           Legal Assistance, in Modesto, California. Hon. Jones then became a staff attorney for the Defend-
    Victor M. Nunez
                           ers, Inc. in San Diego, California. After serving in private practice, he was appointed as a judge to
  Virginia Y. Calderon     the San Diego Municipal Court in 1977, and then as a Judge of the San Diego Superior Court in
     Clarice Estrada       1982. He received his commission to the United States District Court, Southern District of Califor-
   Lorena Slomanson        nia on September 15, 1994.


                           LA   RAZA      LAWYERS          NEWS
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                                 2010 Membership Rates
               Basic Membership/Attorneys [5+Years]/ Judges…………………..$80
               Second to Fourth Year Attorney Membership……………………...$45
               First Year Attorney Membership………………………………………….$25
               Law Student Membership…………………………………………………..$10
       APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE: WWW.LARAZALAWYERSSD.COM

LA   RAZA   LAWYERS   NEWS
                                                                                    About La Raza Lawyers
                                                        Formed in 1979, with a handful of Latino attorneys, San Diego La Raza Lawyers As-
         San Diego La Raza La wyers
                  Assoc iation               sociation (SDLRLA) has grown to represent over three hundred Latino and Latina lawyers prac-
       P.O. BOX 125010 SAN DIEGO, CA 92112   ticing in San Diego County. SDLRLA is one of 18 affiliate bar associations of the California La
                                             Raza Lawyers Association, which serves several thousand Latino lawyers practicing in the State
 Remember to renew your                      of California.
                                                        Our purpose is to advance the cause of equality, empowerment and justice for Latino
 membership for 2010!
                                             attorneys and the Latino community in San Diego County through service and advocacy. We are
 If you would like to be added               dedicated to promoting diversity on both the bench and bar. We support law students with men-
 to our mailing list, please                 torship programs and scholarships.
 send an email to:                                      Our members include current and former state and federal court judges, magistrates,
                                             referees, law professors, State Bar committee members, county bar board directors, govern-
 larazalawyers@gmail.com                     ment officials, elected officials, lawyers practicing in all specialty areas and law students.



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                                             If you have submissions for La Raza Lawyers News, please contact
LA   RAZA     LAWYERS                NEWS    Nadia Bermudez at: nbermudez@gcrlegal.com. Thank you.

				
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