Committees

Civil Rights Committee

The Mexican-American/Latino legal community in California has a proud history in the area of civil rights. MABA members are pro-active civil rights leaders. Our members have been leaders in improving immigrant rights, public school desegregation, bilingual education, affirmative action, and women's rights. The foundation members of MABA collectively advocate on behalf of the Latino community in order to give the new generations of Latino lawyers better opportunities in all segments of the legal community, including the judiciary.

MABA encourages involvement of the membership in its civil rights committee. MABA must continue to advocate for the Latino community. In addition, consistent with the goals of the founding of MABA, the civil rights committee seeks to provide continuing legal education seminars that will enhance the lawyer's knowledge in this field.

Committee Chair: Araceli Campos, campos.araceli@gmail.com

Golf Committee

If you are interested in participating in the tournament or becoming a sponsor, please contact:

Committee Chair:  Noreen Barcena, noreen@barcenalaw.com

Immigration Committee

The Immigration and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee maintains an ongoing panel of immigration attorneys to discuss and analyze contemporary, immigration issues with the objective of providing the most competent representation and outreach to the immigrant community. The committee members maintain liaison relations with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Annually the committee organizes an immigration seminar.

The Committee also maintains an active network among private attorneys, law enforcement agencies, community-based organizations, and the media. The committee's objective is to facilitate information to the community about Immigration Fraud and assist the law enforcement against fraud. In addition, the committee will generate and maintain a system where victims of fraud can obtain legal assistance.

Committee Chair:  Noreen Barcena, noreen@barcenalaw.com

Judicial Evaluation Committee

The mission of the Judicial Evaluations Committee is to ensure that the judiciary reflects the diversity of the State of California, and that the Latino community appropriately represented. The Committee works to accomplish this mission by: encouraging qualified Latino/as to seek appointments to the bench, evaluating the qualifications and judicial temperament of appointment candidates seeking the endorsement and support of MABA and promoting MABA's endorsees to the Governor and his representatives.

The committee consists of the Chair, three additional trustees selected by the President, and the President. Those seeking endorsements should send a copy of their appointment application to the Chair. Any questions regarding the process or the committee should be directed to the chair, as well.

Committee Chair: Susana Juarez, susana.juarez@gmail.com

Law School Student Committee 

If you are interested in serving on the Law Student Committee or joining as a Law School Student, please contact the 2016 MABA Law Student Trustee Aníbal Valdez-Ortega at Anibal.Valdez-Ortega@lls.edu.

Lawyer Referral Service Committee

The purpose of LRIS is to provide referrals to qualified attorneys taking into consideration the type and complexity of the legal problem presented, and a person's financial circumstances, spoken language, and geographical convenience. LRIS provides general information about lawyers, consumer and government agencies when such is in the best interests of the individual concerned.

Committee Chair: Alejandro Becerra, alejandro@lawbecerra.com

High School Visitation Committee

This year, MABA’s High School Visitation Committee intends to visit at least one high school per month between February and November, 2015. The purpose of the High School Visitation Program is to expose high school students to law students and attorneys who can share personal stories that resonate with students from diverse backgrounds. We hope that by sharing our stories, we can inspire high school students to attend college and consider a career in law.

Committee Chair: Ana Mendoza, amendoza@akgllp.com