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Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)

Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)

LLSA Members with Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor '79, during her visit to Yale Law School on October 25, 2014.

The Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA) of Yale Law School recently elected a new board for 2015-2016. Congratulations to new board members:

Helen Diagama - President
Alex Schultz - Vice President
Dennise Moreno - Co-Treasurer
Sarahi Uribe - Co-Treasurer
Misha Guttentag - Community Outreach Co-Chair
Nicolas Molina – Community Outreach Co-Chair
Andie Levien - Recruitment Chair
Sol Hilfinger-Pardo - Alumni Relations Co-Chair
Sarah Burack - Alumni Relations Co-Chair
Adan Martinez - Faculty Chair
Jeanine Alvarez - Social Committee Co-Chair
Joel Ramirez - Social Committee Co-Chair
Conchita Cruz – 3L Representative
Julia Solórzano - 3L Representative

LLSA of Yale Law School hosted its ninth annual Alumni Achievement Award Dinner on October 23, 2014. LLSA celebrates a Latino alumnus or Latina alumna each year for his or her distinguished record of public service and leadership. The event brings together LLSA alumni, current students, and YLS faculty and administrators to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the honoree. Last fall, we had the privilege of presenting Dean of Cornell Law School, Eduardo Peñalver ’99 with the LLSA Public Service Award.

This October, we are excited to be celebrating the accomplishments and leadership of Lourdes Rivera, a Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation who works on issues of sexuality and reproductive health.

LLSA Board Members with the 2014 honoree, Eduardo Peñalver, Dean of Cornell Law School.

Dean Peñalver joined the following alumni, who have accepted the LLSA Public Service Award in past years:

2006: Justice Sonia Sotomayor '79, Supreme Court of the United States.
2007: Thomas A. Saenz '91, MALDEF President and General Counsel.
Class of 2007 Special Award: Natalia Martín '85, Yale Law School Associate Dean of Students, 1991-2005.
2008: Honorable José A. Cabranes '65, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
2009: Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga '86, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
2010: Professor Gerald Torres '77, Bryant Smith Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law.
2011: Justice Monica M. Márquez '97, Colorado Supreme Court.
2012: Rachel Moran, ’81, Dean of UCLA Law School and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law.
2013: Cristina Rodriguez, ’00, Professor of Law (Yale Law School).

LLSA is also grateful to our generous law firm sponsors that will make the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award Dinner possible. Current sponsors include:

Gold: Vinson & Elkins, Davis Polk, Paul Weiss, Morrison Foerster

Silver: Debevoise & Plimpton, Ropes & Gray, Skadden, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Kirkland & Ellis

If you are interested in learning more about attending or sponsoring the upcoming Public Service Award Dinner in New Haven, or for any other inquiries about LLSA, please contact LLSA President, Helen Diagama, helen.diagama@yale.edu, and LLSA Vice President, Alex Schultz, alexander.l.schultz@yale.edu.