1 MEET THE CHLSA BOARD. 3 CHLSA HOSTS MABA CON- FERENCE...4 CHLSA MEMBER RECEIVES PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP CHLSA Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association Fall 2012 Informe The University of School of Law Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association 727 East Dean Keeton St. Austin, TX chlsa.org ADVANCING DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION THROUGH THE RECRUITMENT AND PROMOTION OF HISPANIC LAW STUDENTS CHLSA Celebrates Annual Banquet Current and former CHLSA members throwing up the Hook em Horns sign at the 2012 CHLSA banquet. CHLSA s 2012 Cultural Celebration and Awards Banquet, Mujeres en Acción, was held March 31, 2012 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of at Austin. The yearly banquet brings together current and former CHLSA members, and serves as the organization s biggest fundraising event. The theme of the this year s banquet, Mujeres en Acción, was meant to recognize Latinas in the law. According to the Hispanic National Bar Association, Latinas represent only 1.3% of the nation s lawyers, the lowest representation of any racial or ethnic group as compared to their overall presence in the nation. With this in mind, the banquet honored Latina lawyers who have had distinguished careers. Instead of having a keynote speaker, this year s banquet featured a distinguished Latina lawyer at each banquet table. This unique approach allowed students and alumni to interact one-on-one with the honorees. A cocktail reception and silent auction were held before the banquet. During the banquet, former CHLSA President Javier Perez gave a farewell speech, and introduced the incoming CHLSA President Natalie Salvaggio. Continued on pg 2
2 Fall Annual Banquet continued from pg 1. Past and present CHLSA Presidents at the banquet. From (L) to (R): Natalie Salvaggio, Christi Caballero, Javier Perez, Jennifer Gillispie. CHLSA recognized the following Latina lawyers at this year s banquet: Judge Micaela Alvarez, USDC Southern Dist. of TX, UT Law 89 Justice Elsa Alcala, TX Court of Criminal Appeals, UT Law 89 Celia Balli, Senior Counsel, KBR Law Department, UT Law 02 Lulu Flores, National Women's Political Caucus past president, Partner at HendlerLaw, UT Law 80 Brie Franco, the Law Office of Brie L. Franco, PLLC, UT Law 01 Hilda C. Galvan, Partner at Jones Day, intellectual property and patent litigation specialist, UT Law 93 State Representative Veronica Gonzales, UT Law 91 Judge Nelva Gonzales-Ramos, USDC Southern Dist. of TX, UT 91 Justice Eva Guzman, TX Supreme Court Justice, first Latina to win statewide election in, named one of the 101 Most Influential Latino Leaders by Latino Leaders magazine, 2009 HNBA Latina Judge of the Year, MABA 2009 Judge of the Year Elsa Manzanares, Senior attorney at Braumiller Schulz, LLP, UT Law 01 Stacey Martinez, Partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP Judge Alia Moses, USDC Western Dist. of TX, UT Law 86 Professor Olga Moya, South College of Law, UT Law 84 Judge Orlinda Naranjo, 419th Judicial Dist. Civil Court, Austin Professor Ana Novoa, St. Mary's School of Law, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Public Interest and Professor of Law, UT Law 82 Evelina Lina Ortega, Solo Practitioner since 1989 specializing in Personal Injury Law, UT Law 78 Veronica Rivera, former Legislative Staff Attorney at MALDEF in Washington, DC, UT Law 98 Sandra Rodriguez, Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, UT Law 94 United States Attorney Sarah Saldaña, first Latina to serve in that position and former Partner at Baker Botts LLP Sarah Santos, Shareholder with The Davis Group and Litigation Exemplar, former Senior VP and Corporate Counsel with BBVA Compass, UT Law 03 Judge Hilda Tagle, USDC Southern Dist. of TX, UT Law 77 Banquet attendees enjoyed cocktails at a reception held prior to the banquet. Former CHLSA President Javier Perez gave a heartfelt farewell speech at the banquet. Ambrosia Ortiz and banquet honoree Sandra Rodriguez.
3 Fall Meet your CHLSA Board! Officers realize CHLSA s mission of advancing diversity in the legal profession through promotion of Hispanic law students Natalie Salvaggio President Hometown: Miami, Florida University: University of Florida Linda Janette Peña Internal Vice President Hometown: Brownsville, University: Southwestern University Alexine Zacarias Fundraising Director Hometown: San Antonio, University: George Washington University Jorge Ramirez Alumni Relations Director Hometown: Cali, Colombia University: Florida State University Jeremiah Walters Scholarship Chair Hometown: Corpus Christi, University: A&M Corpus Christi Carlos Castaneda Fajita Fiesta Chair Hometown: San Antonio, University: University of San Antonio University Rebeca Ojeda External Vice President Hometown: Waverly, Tenn. University: Vanderbilt Cecilia Bernstein Education Chair Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico University: Harvard University Marsha Perez Latina Law Caucus Chair Hometown: Alice, TX University: A&M Corpus Christi Gonzalo Serrano Treasurer Hometown: McKinney, University: McMurry University Raul Garcia Newsletter Editor Hometown: Midkiff, University: UT- Austin \m/ Andres Contreras 1L Representative Hometown: El Paso, University: UT-Austin Cynthia Perez Secretary Hometown: Comfort, University: Baylor University Alejandra Avila National Representative Hometown: Mexico City, D.F. University: A&M International Adrianne Waddell 1L Representative Hometown: Austin, University: Rice University See Officers pg 9
4 Fall Officers Continued from pg 3 CHLSA Hosts MABA- Conference Conference focused on professional development and issues affecting Hispanics Carlos Carrasco Athletic Director Hometown: Canutillo, University: The University of at El Paso Melina Chaparro LL.M. Representative Hometown: Juarez, Mexico University: Tecnologico de Monterrey Pictures from the MABA-Tx Conference: Students networking at a welcome reception held at El Sol y La Luna in Austin prior to the conference. Javier Perez introduces a panel on careerbuilding at the 2012 MABA-TX Conference. CHLSA members Javier Perez, Bianca Garcia, Eric Puente and James Magown with Supreme Court Justice David Medina at the 2012 MABA conference. CHLSA hosted the 2012 Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) of Student Conference on March 2-3, Law students and attorneys from across the state attended the conference which focused on professional development and issues affecting Hispanic communities in. Law students from schools such as Tech Law and South College of Law were in attendance. The conference kicked off on March 2nd with a welcome reception held at El Sol y La Luna in downtown Austin. The welcome reception was a great opportunity for the students from the various schools to network and mingle with attorneys from MABA. The atmosphere at the welcome reception was fantastic as mariachis played crowd favorites and the margaritas were flowing. On March 3rd, the conference moved over to the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of at Austin. The day began with breakfast and opening remarks, followed by a panel on career building which featured panelists such as Fifth Circuit Judge Edward Prado and Supreme Court Justice David Medina. Before lunch a panel on Trial Practice was held. Lunch featured the conference s keynote speaker, US Attorney Sarah Saldaña. The afternoon included an exciting panel on the Fischer v. affirmative action case. The Fischer panelists included MALDEF representative David Hinojosa and former UT Law Dean Larry Sager. The afternoon also featured panels on voting rights and judicial careers and clerkships. The conference ended with a happy hour mixer at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. CHLSA members came away with great opportunities to network and develop professionally from the conference.
5 Fall Students attend MALDEF gala Students attend annual event honoring accomplished and influential Latinos CHLSA members hanging out with TV legend Johnny Canales. From (L) to (R): Gabriella Gonzalez, Rebeca Ojeda, Cynthia Perez, Natalie Salvaggio, and Alejandra Avila CHLSA members attended the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Gala, held September 14, 2012 at The Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio,. Attending from CHLSA were Gabriella Gonzalez (Class of 2013); Rebeca Ojeda ( 14); Cynthia Perez ( 13); Natalie Salvaggio ( 13); and Alejandra Avila ( 14). The Gala gave CHLSA members the opportunity to meet many inspiring Latino leaders such as New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio M. Serna and MAL- DEF President David G. Hinojosa. TV legend Johnny Canales was also in attendance, though CHLSA members who attended would not confirm how many times he said his signature phrase You got it! Take it away! During the Gala, MALDEF gave awards to notable professionals who have made a difference in the Latino community. CHLA member Cynthia Perez said she was inspired by the energy and commitment that she witnessed from the honorees. Cynthia noted that These were people who had shared a sense of community and because of that, were driven to make that community better. CHLSA President Natalie Salvaggio enjoyed the opportunity to meet Latino civil rights activists and lawyers and was inspired by their work, saying: It really shows you the struggle is not over, and it's one that will be continued by the younger generation of lawyers and activists. CHLSA continues popular Study Hall Program Weekly event hopes to improve student success Cynthia Perez and Linda Peña study at Mozart s in Austin as part of CHLSA s study hall program. After a successful launch during the Fall 2011 semester, CHLSA has continued its study hall program into the Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 semesters. The study halls have become a popular event for CHLSA members as they are a great place to study and allow members to hold each other accountable for their school work. During the first months of each semester, CHLSA holds study halls once a week at the law school. CHLSA study hall provides members with coffee, snacks, and a quiet place to study (provided that Raul Garcia isn t around!). A new addition to the study halls is that during the critical last month of each semester, the study halls are held twice a week to help students prepare for finals. Finals period is typically the most stressful for law students, so increasing the study halls during this time seemed natural. The CHSLA Education Chair is responsible for organizing the weekly study halls. A big thank you to Natalie Salvaggio for organizing the study halls last school year, and Cecilia Bernstein for continuing this great program during the school year!
6 Fall CHLSA students attend 2012 NLLSA conference CHLSA members attended the conference and participated in the moot court competition Dolores speech, commenting: Hearing Dolores Huerta speak was inspirational. It was moving to be able to end the conference with a unity clap with her. CHLSA members at the NLLSA reception. From (L) to (R): Veronica Chidester, Raul Garcia, Natalie Salvaggio, Alejandra Avila, Jaime Resendez CHLSA members attended the National Latino Law Student Association (NLLSA) national conference, held October 4-6, The conference was hosted by UCLA Law School in Los Angeles, California. CHLSA members who attended the conference are Veronica Chidester ( 13); Raul Garcia ( 13) Natalie Salvaggio ( 13); Alejandra Avila ( 14), and Jaime Resendez ( 13). CHLSA members Veronica Chidester, Alejandra Avila, and Jamie Resendez also participated in the NLLSA Moot Court competition which was held during the NLLSA conference. The conference is NLLSA s biggest program, and is meant to mobilize and empower Latino law students. During the conference, students attended panels addressing legal issues affecting the Latino community, including immigration reform, workers rights, and the Dream Act. CHLSA alumni Andrew Casillas( 10) spoke on a panel about careers in the private sector during the panel. The keynote speaker at the conference was civil rights leader Dolores Huerta. Dolores speech was the highlight of the conference according to CHSLA President Natalie Salvaggio. CHLSA member Veronica Chidester was also similarly impressed with CHLSA members got to meet civil rights leader Dolores Huerta at the 2012 NLLSA conference. CHLSA members also participated in the NLLSA Moot Court competition that was held in conjunction with the conference. The topic covered in the moot court competition was campaign finance. The CHLSA members participated in three rounds of the competition before being knocked out. We are all very proud of their hard work and effort! CHLSA members who participated in the NLLSA Moot Court competition: Veronica Chidester, Jaime Resendez, and Alejandra Avila
7 Fall Spring 2012 Fajita Fiesta! Fajita Fiesta tradition continues CHLSA fired up the grills again for its traditional Fajita Fiesta. The twice-annual CHLSA fundraising event was held Thursday March 22, Fajita Fiesta has been a long standing tradition for CHLSA, dating back over 25 years. Twice a year CHLSA members serve fresh-grilled fajitas to fellow law students and members of the greater Austin legal community. Patrons had a choice of beef or chicken fajitas. CHLSA also serves tortillas, rice, and beans as part of the event. Proceeds from Fajita Fiesta go CHLSA s Endowed Scholarship Fund which supports scholar- ships for students taking classes or doing public interest work during the summer. CHLSA would like to thank local Austin restaurant Jalapeno Joe s for donating rice and beans for the event. Also, special shout-out to CHLSA member Josh Reyna for helping to grill the fajitas. This past Spring s Fajita Fiesta was a great success and CHLSA received many compliments on the quality of the fajitas. CHLSA Students Participate in Rancho Vista Wills Clinic CHLSA members help prepare wills for resident of Rancho Vista colonia (Left to right) CHLSA members Marsha Perez and Gabriella Gonzalez help prepare wills forrancho Vista residents. CHLSA students, along with the UT Law Pro Bono Program and Austin-area volunteer attorneys, participated in a wills clinic in the Rancho Vista Colonia on February 19, Rancho Vista is a predominantly Hispanic colonia just outside of San Marcos, TX. This was the first time UT Law organized a wills clinic in the Rancho Vista community. The purpose of the clinic was to prepare wills for less-fortunate residents of Rancho Vista who would otherwise not have access to these legal services. CHLSA members who participated had to attend a two-hour training program at the law school in preparation. CHLSA members also handed out flyers in Rancho Vista to raise awareness the week before the wills clinic. On the day of the clinic, CHLSA members arrived at the Redwood Baptist Church in Rancho Vista and met with members of the community. CHLSA members were able to get hands-on experience in preparing a will. Volunteers were able to complete 18 wills for the residents of Rancho Vista. Tina Fernandez, Director of the Pro Bono Program at UT Law, said that the residents of Rancho Vista were very appreciative of the wills clinic. CHLSA members who volunteered: Natalie Salvaggio (Class of 2013), Daniel Collins ( 12), Rebeca Ojeda ( 14), Bianca Garcia ( 12), Raul Garcia ( 13), Javier Perez ( 12), Emma Quintero ( 12), Gabriella Gonzalez ( 13), Brian Quillen ( 14), and Marsha Perez
8 Fall CHLSA 1L Receives Winstead Fellowship Samantha Jarvis receives Winstead Fellowship CHLSA Member Receives Summer Fellowship Alejandra Avila receives Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship. CHLSA member Samantha Jarvis was honored by law firm Winstead PC with their summer scholarship and internship. Samantha, 14, was one of three recipients of the 2012 Winstead Juris Doctor Scholarships, the firm announced this past spring. The program was designed to benefit outstanding first-year minority law students at UT Law, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and The University of Houston Law Center. In addition to a cash award, each winner is offered a summer associate position at Winstead. A unique feature of Winstead's scholarship award is a $1,500 grant presented to each winner s student interest group of choice. Sam graciously selected CHLSA as the grant beneficiary. CHLSA member Alejandra Avila received the 2012 Charles Moyer Summer Human Rights Fellowship. The fellowship was awarded by the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. The fellowship helped finance Alejandra s internship in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Alejandra hopes to pursue a career in public service and found her internship with the court as a valuable experience for her professional development. CHLSA Participates in Dell Diversity Event CHLSA members met with Dell s legal team On February 27, 2012, CHLSA CHLSA members met with attorneys from Dell s legal team for an afternoon of food and conversation. The event was held at Dell s Corporate Headquarters in Round Rock, TX. The Asian Law Students Association and Thurgood Marshall Legal Society also participated. The event featured a large group panel discussion where attendees were able to ask candid questions about the attorneys practice. Lunch was provided by Dell. After the panel discussion, attendees where invited to mingle and network with members of Dell s legal team. The event was a great opportunity for CHLSA members to meet and network with attorneys working as general counsel for a large corporation.
9 Fall CHLSA Awards 2012 Summer Scholarship 2012 CHLSA Coyotes make football playoffs Scholarship awarded to 2L Marsha Perez Intramural football team makes playoffs after finishing CHLSA awarded a Summer 2012 Scholarship for $500 to 2L Marsha Perez. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to CHLSA members who either attend summer school or work summer public interest jobs. The recipient was chosen by the CHLSA board. Marsha is a native of Alice, and attended A&M Corpus Christi as an undergraduate. This summer, Marsha interned with the Travis County District Attorney s office. Marsha is interested in a career in public interest after graduation CHLSA Boat Cruise sets sail CHLSA members enjoyed the yearly boat cruise tradition CHLSA Coyote members from (L) to (R): Jason Sanchez, Jaime Resendez, Ramon Rodriguez, Carlos Carrasco, Alex Rodriguez, Kenny Bier, James Magown, Juan Gonzales, Ryland Ramos, and Jose Rodriguez The 2012 CHLSA Coyote intramural football team made the playoffs in the graduate student league after finishing in the regular season this fall. Making the playoffs was a great accomplishment for the CHLSA Coyotes as they have failed to make the playoffs in past years. Congratulations to all the members who participated. Unfortunately, the Coyotes lost the first game of the playoffs. Despite that, everyone at CHSLA is very proud of their effort and commitment. The annual CHLSA Boat Cruise was held on Friday, September 28, The yearly tradition is the first big social event of the year for CHLSA and is a great opportunity for new CHLSA members to meet each other and to meet older members. This year s Boat Cruise included food from Rudy's BBQ, spirits, and music. Linda Peña, CHLSA Internal Vice President, said that The mission of the cruise is to improve club morale, have members meet each other, and relax before the school year gets more intense. CHLSA members Alejandra Avila, Brian Quillen, Rebeca Ojeda and Natalie Salvaggio enjoying the boat cruise. This year s cruise was a great success, and everyone had fun. Plus, no one quoted that horrible Lonely Island song, which would have ruined everything. Fun!
10 Fall Miscellaneous notes and photos Miscellaneous CHLSA events and pictures from this past spring CHLSA hosted its annual 3L Send-Off on April 14, The event featured grilling and refreshments. CHLSA is sad to see the 3L s leave! From (L) to (R): Nic Pesina, Joey Delgado, Christine Nishimura, Ambrosia Ortiz, Jade Ruiz, Javier Perez, Cecy Partida, and Moni Ochoa. CHLSA members Ambrosia Ortiz, Ramon Ray Rodriguez, and Andrea Shannon at the 1L Social. 1L reps Rebeca Ojeda and Carlos Carrasco planned a fun Rubik's Cube -themed party for the 1L CHLSA alumni, Akin Gump attorney, and worldfamous music blogger Andrew Casillas was a guest at a Practice Area Luncheon, where practicing attorneys give students information about their practice areas. Supreme Court Justice Medina treated CHLSA members to dinner at Iron Cactus after the MABA conference. From (L) to (R): Natalie Salvaggio, Caelie Dunne, Bianca Garcia, Eric Puente. CHLSA members serving food during the Spring Fajita Fiesta. CHLSA members Rebeca Ojeda, Natalie Salvaggio, Raul Garcia, and Linda Pena mingling and networking with practicing attorneys and law students from other schools at the MABA Conference. CHLSA honored its favorite members at the 2012 banquet. From (L) to (R): Eric Puente won Favorite LLM; Rebeca Ojeda won Favorite 1L; Natalie Salvaggio won Favorite 2L; and Javier Perez won Favorite 3L. CHLSA President Natalie Salvaggio addressing the crowd at the annual banquet. The CHLSA board at the 2012 CHLSA Banquet.
11 Fall Donate to CHLSA Donations by mail Alumni donations are instrumental to CHLSA s success as an organization.. If you would like to make a tax-deductible dona- tion, please complete this form and mail your support to: The Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association c/o The University of School of Law 727 E. Dean Keeton St. Austin TX Fund. I would like to donate to the CHLSA Scholarship I would like to make a general donation to CHLSA. Please find my check enclosed for $ made payable to Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association. Please charge $ to my credit card. [ ] Visa [ ] MasterCard [ ] American Express [ ] Discover Account Number Expiration Date Signature Printed Name Please mail my donation acknowledgment letter to Donations online Making one-time donations online is fast and easy! Just follow these steps: Name Mailing Address 1. Go to: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/ nlogon/lopay/ccta.wbx; 2. Select Annual Fund from the drop-down menu, enter your donation, and click continue; 3. In the Notes for staff box, specify that you would like to donate to CHLSA; and 4. Complete donor and credit card information, and submit CHLSA members Photo courtesy of Carlos Castañeda