Dialogue on Diversity

Aug 26, 2014 by

SDLRLA is proud to co-present the San Diego County Bar Association’s Dialogue on Diversity “Hot Topics and Trends in Diversity and Inclusion: What All Attorneys Need to Know” The event will be Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., followed by a mixer. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. The program offers 1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE. 401 West A Street, Suite 120. Featuring: Sandra S. Yamate, CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and Judge David Danielsen, Presiding Judge, San Diego Superior...

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Keynote Announced!

Aug 12, 2014 by

BREAKING NEWS! EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE 2014 SDLRLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND GALA DINNER!  Known for such roles as Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver,  Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica and Prof. James Gellar in Dexter, just to name a few, Mr. Olmos is also a spokesman and advocate devoted to helping his community. He has served as a U.S. goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and a national spokesman for the Southwest Voter Registration Project. Olmos was arrested and spent twenty days in prison in 1991 for taking part in protests against the U.S. Navy’s bombings of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. For his instrumental role in peacekeeping after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he received the John Anson Ford Award and was honored...

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Children at our Border

Aug 12, 2014 by

Children at our Border:  Questions and Answers about Children Fleeing Violence in Central America, is a new ADL website dedicated to the humanitarian situation at the border In response to anti-immigrant rhetoric that demonizes and dehumanizes children fleeing violence, ADL issued this call for civility in the debate. ADL joined in a Jewish community statement that emphasizes the need to ensure that the U.S. approach is consistent with our country’s commitment to provide safe haven and due process to children fleeing violence who may qualify for asylum. Thank you to the Anti-Defamation League for sharing these resources: Children at our Border:  Questions and Answers about Children Fleeing Violence in Central America, is a new ADL website dedicated to the humanitarian situation at the border. In response to anti-immigrant rhetoric that demonizes and dehumanizes children fleeing violence, ADL issued this call for civility in the debate. ADL...

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Scholarships Open Now!

Aug 1, 2014 by

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Scholarship Fund  is a nonprofit charitable corporation that provides scholarships to law students who have contributed to the Latino community. Our awards go to students who have met our criteria of community service, financial need, hardship and academic achievement. The awards are not limited to persons of a Latino/Latina background, but also include those who have contributed to the betterment of the Latino community. The Fund was formed in 2007 to enhance the charitable activities of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. To date, the Fund has awarded over $110,000 in scholarships to help law students pursue their legal career. The SDLRLA Scholarship Fund law student scholarships are awarded to full time law students in their first and second year of law school and part time students...

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Nominations Open!

Aug 1, 2014 by

2014 Attorney of the Year Nominations – Now Open! Every year at the Annual Gala & Dinner, SDLRLA presents an “Attorney of the Year” award to an outstanding lawyer in the community. Past recipients include Kevin Keenan, Jose Garza Badillo, Victor Torres, Carmen Chavez, Yuri Calderon, Michael Perez, and John Gomez. We are looking for nominations for this year’s “Attorney of the Year.” If you are a member and would like to nominate an attorney for this award, please e-mail your nominations to LaRazaLawyers@gmail.com. Nominations shall include: Completed application (below) A narrative supporting your nomination in 300 words or less. You may submit up to two articles or two letters of support from individuals or organizations. (Please note that articles or letters of support are not required and will be considered as supplemental information.)...

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Youth & Pepper spray?!

Jul 28, 2014 by

SDLRLA was one of eleven organizations to sign on to a formal complaint against the County of San Diego Department of Probation about the excessive use of pepper spray in San Diego Juvenile Detention Facilities. The 34-page complaint, including 170 exhibits, asks the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to investigate the probation department and order it to end the use of pepper spray. The issue of the use of pepper spray has been on the has been raised multiple times over the years. Recently it was investigated in 2006 and in 2012. Nothing changed as a result of these investigations in San Diego.  The issue was re-opened in 2012 by the Youth Law Center and SDLRLA and El Grupo member Victor Torres. The results of their hard work is shocking and it appears as if staff is...

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