About Us / Committees

AMISTAD Committee

Committee Chair: Victor Huerta [email protected]

The AMISTAD Committee puts on the monthly membership mixers for SDLRLA, which take place on the second Tuesday of every month. SDLRLA teams up with someone fun and interesting each month to provide valuable networking opportunities for our members.


Membership Committee

Committee Chairs: Catherine M Arambula [email protected] & George Rios III [email protected]

The Membership Committee does what the name suggests- it is the Committee’s goal to attract new members to the organization and restore previous members who have lapsed in membership. The Membership Committee hosts the Membership Drive Mixer each January, as well as at least two other events during the year. This Committee is open to membership to join!

Community Outreach & Service Committee

Committee Chair: Arcy Magana [email protected]

The Community Outreach and Service Committee’s mission is to educate the San Diego Latino community about important legal and social issues and provide them with relevant and practical legal information.  We regularly partner with other community organizations to develop and carry out programs that seek to add to the success of the San Diego Latino community.  We welcome and encourage your input and partnerships to continue reaching out to Latinos of all ages and from every neighborhood in San Diego County.


Communications Contacts:

Media: Alra Chilton [email protected] & George Rios III [email protected]

Website: Maria Nunez & Catherine M Arambula  (Administrator) [email protected]

Newsletter: Maria Nunez & Julie Schwartz [email protected]

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: Catherine M Arambula  [email protected]


Philanthropy / Sponsorship Chairs: Cat Arambula [email protected] & Guillermo Escobedo  & [email protected]

This committee has vast experience in working with individual donors, small businesses & corporations finding a “fit” for them in supporting the local community and SDLRLA’s mission.  If you would like to give, sponsor,  or have ideas or any questions about supporting SDLRLA, please contact Catherine or Guillermo!


Endorsements Committee Chair:  Michael Perez [email protected] (619) 784-3001 

The Endorsements Committee’s purpose is to ensure that the Latino community is appropriately represented throughout the San Diego community, at varying levels of political positions. The Committee will consider requests for endorsements for those running for judicial office, requests for letters of support and/or endorsements for non-partisan, local and county elected positions, such as district attorney and city attorney, as well as candidates for directors of the San Diego County Bar Board.

The Committee 1.) encourages qualified Latino and Latina attorneys to seek appointments to the bench, 2.) evaluates the qualifications and temperament of candidates seeking the endorsement and support of SDLRLA, 3.) advocates on behalf of the those candidates La Raza Lawyers has endorsed.

The Endorsement Committee consists of the Chair, four additional board members and/or general members selected by the President, and the President. Those seeking endorsements should contact the Chair, send a resume, and any other materials that the candidate would like considered by the committee. Any questions regarding the process or the committee should be directed to the Chair.

The Committee gives great weight to past and present participation and involvement in community activities, including, but not limited to Latino community organizations, that demonstrates a commitment to the values of diversity.

The Committee interviews the candidates, conducts due diligence, and makes a recommendation to the board. The board considers the recommendation of the committee, and may accept or reject the recommendation. The final decision of whether to endorse or support a candidate is made by the board.

Law Student Committee

Chairs:  Nicole Cohen [email protected]

The San Diego La Raza Lawyer’s Association Law Student Committee provides networking opportunities for law students and works with the local law school La Raza student organizations in promoting San Diego La Raza events at the schools.  This committee will give opportunities for law students to meet lawyers and judges and forge relationships with them in order to help students through law school, job search, and the transition into a legal career.


Mentorship Committee/ Professional Advancement

Mentorship & Professional Advancement ChairAlara Chilton [email protected]

SDLRLA Mentorship Committee strives to create meaningful mentorship relationships between law students and attorneys at all levels of practice, as well as between newer attorneys and more experienced ones.  The program is designed to give both mentors and mentees new insights on the practice of law, the balance of family and professional lives, career development, office politics, and ethical dilemmas.

The Professional Advancement Committee inspires and provides our members with tools to succeed at the highest levels of the legal profession through innovative training that focuses on understanding issues that maybe unique to our membership  and assists in crafting networking, business development, and professional growth strategies that work.


Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Fernando Tefoya [email protected]

The Strategic Planning Committee was created to vet, hire and monitor the SDLRLA Stategic Plan in 2018.  The Strategis Plan is an effective tool that provides clarity, direction and focus for the organization. The primary purpose of strategic planning is to connect three key areas: our mission – defining our organizations’ purpose. our vision – describing what we want to achieve.