Committed to the Advancement of Latinos in the Legal Profession and the Empowerment of the Latino Community Through Service and Advocacy

Board Members

Oscar Rene Gutierrez

PRESIDENT
Oscar Rene Gutierrez is the son of Mexican immigrants from Guadalajara and La Barca, Jalisco. After graduating from Loyola High School of Los Angeles in 2002, he attended the University of Southern California (USC) where he graduated in 2006 with degrees in Communication as well as Chicano/Latino Studies, cum laude. Oscar Rene then enrolled at Pepperdine University School of Law as a Diversity Scholar in the fall of 2007. While at Pepperdine Law, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew, United States District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Oscar Rene was part of a two-person team that received the award for Best Respondent’s Brief at Pepperdine Law School’s 2010 Dalsimer Moot Court Competition. Oscar Rene also served as the Legal Summaries Editor for Pepperdine Law’s administrative law journal, the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, where he was twice published for his Legal Summaries. In 2010, he graduated from Pepperdine Law. Oscar Rene’s involvement in the Latino legal community began in law school. While at Pepperdine Law, he served as the MABA Student Vice-Chair for Pepperdine Law in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, he was elected President of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) during the 2009-2010 academic year. Soon after passing the California Bar Exam in 2011, Oscar Rene was selected to participate in the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Jack Daniels’ Trial School. In 2012, he enrolled in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office “Academy of Justice” six-week trial advocacy program. After completion of the program, he served as a Reserve Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles for approximately six months, where he “first-chaired” numerous misdemeanor jury trials. Oscar Rene currently practices law as a trial attorney with his father, Oscar H. Gutierrez. Their practice focuses exclusively on litigating and trying plaintiff’s personal injury matters across the state of California. The vast majority of Oscar Rene’s legal work aids the monolingual Spanish-speaking community here in southern California. He strives to ensure that the rights of Latinos are protected in our judicial system, regardless of their immigration status, finances, or socioeconomic background. His career demonstrates a deep passion for trial work and representing his clients that has won him accolades from numerous local and national organizations. In recognition of his litigation and trial skills, Oscar Rene has been named to The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40 – Civil Plaintiff” in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He was also a nominee for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) “Rising Star” award in 2016 and was recognized as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2017 and 2018. He has been selected for membership in “Lawyers of Distinction” and in the “Top Attorneys of North America.” Oscar Rene is also a “Lifetime Member” of the “Best Attorneys in America.” Oscar Rene currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Latino Alumni Society of Loyola High School as well as the Co-Chair of the Court Alerts Committee for the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). He is a proud member of both the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) where he serves as the Consumer Attorneys’ Lead Liaison for Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon of the California State Assembly and Senator Bob Archuleta of the California State Senate. In 2016, he graduated from the CAALA Plaintiff Trial Academy in the following year, also graduated from the CAOC Leadership Academy. This will be Oscar Rene’s sixth year serving on the MABA Board. He was a MABA Trustee in 2014, MABA’s Secretary in 2015, MABA’s Treasurer in 2016, MABA’s Vice-President in 2017, MABA’s President-Elect in 2018. He is greatly looking forward to serving as your MABA President in 2019.

Marisa Hernández-Stern

President Elect
Marisa Hernández-Stern is a Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice’s Worker Rights & Fair Labor Bureau, Civil Rights Enforcement Section. She graduated from Brown University and the UCLA School of Law with concentrations in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law and Policy. Ms. Hernández-Stern currently serves as the chair of MABA’s Federal Judicial Externship & Scholarship Program. After working at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, Ms. Hernández-Stern clerked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson, United States Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She also previously worked at the Traber & Voorhees, Hadsell Stormer & Renick, and Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Ms. Hernández-Stern is a board member of the Brown University Alumni Association Board of Governors; co-chair of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council-Los Angeles chapter; and a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and the Pacific Council on International Policy. In 2014 and 2015, she acted as an NGO legal observer representative for the Pacific Council to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to view pre-trial proceedings of detainee Abd al Rahim al Nashiri.

Monica Guizar

VICE PRESIDENT
Monica Guizar is an Attorney and Shareholder with the union-side law firm of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld.  Ms. Guizar is also a mother, wife, and daughter.  She grew up in Pico Rivera - the eldest daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. Since obtaining her law degree from Loyola Law School in 1998, she has dedicated the entirety of her legal career to representing workers, unions and immigrants.  Her practice areas with the firm include traditional labor, employment and immigration law in both the private and public sector.  She regularly litigates labor and employment cases before the state and federal courts, handles labor arbitrations and regularly appears before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employee Relations Board. She has extensive experience dealing with issues that impact immigrant workers and organizing immigrant workers. She often provides training to local unions and members. Ms. Guizar also provides legal advice, assists with policy analysis, and administrative advocacy to local unions, labor federations and international unions on immigration reform at the state and federal level as well as on immigration issues in the workplace. Ms. Guizar was previously the Employment Policy Attorney with the National Immigration Law Center and ran a private law practice.  She regularly speaks on panels involving immigration issues and the workplace. She also staffed and contributed to the UFCW’s report: Raids on Workers, Destroying Our Rights: A comprehensive Analysis and Investigation of ICE Raids and Their Ramifications, A report by the National Commission On ICE Misconduct and Violations of 4th Amendment Rights (2009). She is a Co-Author with NELP on a Toolkit: California’s New Immigrant Worker Protections Against Employer Retaliation, By Eunice Hyunhye Cho and Monica Guizar (May 2014). She has served on the board of directors of: Working Hands Legal Clinic in Chicago, IL; the Latina Lawyers Bar Association (LLBA) – is a Past President of LLBA; the National Lawyers Guild –LA chapter; the Mexican American Bar Association; and the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.  She has also served on the California State Bar’s Labor and Employment Section’s Executive Committee.  She has volunteered with the L.A. Raids Response Network and continues to serve on the reconvened Network.  Presently she serves on the Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and as an Advisor on the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Law Section.  Ms. Guizar received her undergraduate degrees in Spanish Literature and Criminology, Law and Society from U.C. Irvine in 1995.

Heriberto Veliz

SECRETARY
Heriberto Veliz is an attorney at Perez & Caballero, representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, and wrongful death cases. He has extensive training in litigation and is dedicated to vigorously advocating for his clients. Heriberto was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco and raised in Sylmar, California. He graduated with Honors from CSUN with a B.S. in Finance. He then earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, he served as President of the La Raza. Heriberto also worked as a clinical student for the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic, where he represented victims of crimes seeking lawful status to the United States. Heriberto highly values building relationships and serving the community. He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA), and will be proudly serving on the MABA Board for a third time.

Juan Redín

TREASURER
Juan Redín is a Senior Counsel with Locke Lord. Juan was born in Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico.  At the age of 10 he immigrated to the U.S. with his Mom and younger sister. Juan was raised in a single parent household and is the first in his family to graduate from college. As an undocumented student, Juan endured many challenges on his journey to achieve his Dream of higher education.  Juan attended Mt. San Jacinto Community College and Mt. San Antonio College before being able to take advantage of California’s AB 540 and transfer to UCLA.  Juan received his bachelors in political science, magna cum lade, from UCLA in 2003. Juan obtained his Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law.  During law school, Juan served as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Chicano Latino Law Review and the External Co-Chair of the La Raza Law Student Association.  Juan also completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Fernando Olguin at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Since graduating from law school in 2007, Juan has dedicated his entire legal career representing school districts, cities, various public agencies, and underwriters in multi-million dollar public finance transactions. Juan is passionate and deeply committed to expanding educational access to those who are less fortunate, especially for Dreamers. Through his work with Dreamers, Juan was honored with an invitation to join First Lady Michelle Obama during the 2012 State of the Union address in Washington DC.

Paul Aguilar

Membership Director
Paul Aguilar is an Assistant General Counsel at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior, Mr. Aguilar was an associate at a boutique law firm in the Los Angeles area where he focused on employment law for public entities. He also served as an interim project management administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of Educational Services. In this capacity, he coordinated special projects district wide and authored board reports and policy bulletins. While in law school, Mr. Aguilar was a legal assistant and extern at LAUSD, as well as serving as a law clerk in a civil litigation firm, a policy analyst for a legislative advocacy group and as a field deputy for a Councilman in the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Aguilar earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies & International Relations from Brown University. He speaks and writes fluently in both Spanish and Portuguese

Teresa Gutierrez

NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Attorney Teresa Gutierrez founded Teresa Gutierrez Law in Torrance, California to provide accessible legal services to those in and around her community.  Teresa is a native Spanish speaker, and is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. In her practice, Teresa provides peace of mind to clients and preserves their relationships through comprehensive estate planning.  She founded her estate planning practice because of her personal experience with her father’s untimely death between her second and third year of law school.  Through her legal guardianship matters, Teresa helps individuals put families together - often times after challenging circumstances.  She also empowers and guides business owners and individuals toward protecting what matters to them most through properly set up business structures and with well-thought out agreements. Teresa is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (LLS).  Teresa was a leader amongst her peers at LLS, where she was selected as Chief Justice of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board and served as a staff writer for the Loyola International and Comparative Law and the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal. Teresa also volunteers numerous hours of her time to pro bono cases and causes with some of Los Angeles’ largest public interest firms, including Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project Los Angeles, Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek, and others.  Teresa was also recently re-appointed to serve a third year on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee.  In addition to pro bono matters, Teresa has partnered with many non-profit organizations to help self-represented litigants by teaching civil litigation classes, consulting community members through an online clinic program, providing information to delinquent debtors, and giving free consultations for individuals in need of legal assistance with probate and trust issues. The Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) served as a terrific resource for Teresa during law school, and Teresa is eager to give back to the MABA membership - and the community at large - as part of the 2019 Executive Board.

Leonard Torrealba

TRUSTEE (20+ YEARS)
Leonard Torrealba was born and raised in Venezuela.  At the age of 17, he moved to Los Angeles.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University in Washington D.C.  Mr. Torrealba has been a trial lawyer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for 32 years.  He has been assigned to various trial and management positions including the Public Integrity, Healthcare Fraud, Major Narcotics and Consumer Protection divisions.  Mr. Torrealba is firmly committed to public service and community advocacy.  He has served multiple terms as the President of the Latino Prosecutors Association and is currently the President of the Latino Prosecutors Foundation and a Mexican American Bar Foundation trustee.  He is a leader in the field of immigrant consumer protection and an advocate of crime prevention and mentoring programs and an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern Law School. He is married to longtime MABA member Judge Shelly Torrealba and is honored to be part of the MABA family.

Susana Juarez

TRUSTEE (10-20 YEARS)
Susana E.  Juarez is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She is the first in her family to attend college. She attended California State University, Los Angeles where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics; all while working a full-time job to finance her undergraduate education. Ms. Juarez was encouraged by her undergraduate professor Marc Dollinger to pursue her dream of going to law school and becoming an advocate to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Susana received her J.D. from Loyola Law School where she volunteered as a board member for La Raza de Loyola, the Criminal Law Society and was an active participant in the Women’s Law Society. At Loyola, Ms. Juarez was selected to participate in the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy as a legal advocate on behalf of children & youth charged with criminal offenses. It was at this time that Ms. Juarez became committed to protecting the rights of the accused who were prosecuted in criminal court. Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Juarez became an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and in 2013 she joined the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office where she continues to advocate on behalf of indigent clients as a felony trial attorney. Ms. Juarez has previously served on the MABA board, and has volunteered with various community organizations throughout her career. She is committed to uplifting and empowering the Latino community in a cooperative and inclusive way. She is looking forward to her membership on the MABA Board and in serving the Latino community and the community-at-large

Juan Ramos

TRUSTEE (10-20 YEARS)
Juan Ramos has experience in transactional law, including corporate, real estate, contracts and business law.  Through his experience at premier law firms, as in-house counsel and in his private practice, Juan has advised clients and management on business issues, legal compliance matters and strategic initiatives.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School and a Lecturer in Law for USC Gould School of Law’s online program. As a past MABA Membership Director, Juan increased MABA’s membership.  Over the last several years, Juan has served on the MABA Lawyer Referral and Information Service (MABA-LRIS) Committee in charge of revamping and relaunching the service.  MABA-LRIS’s purpose includes, among other things, providing legal and professional assistance to the Latino community.  In addition, Juan drafted and filed with California’s State’s Supreme Court MABA’s amicus brief in support of a DREAMer’s admission to the State Bar. Juan was born and raised in Los Angeles.  After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he attended Harvard.  Before attending Stanford Law School, he received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, worked on Wall Street in New York, and taught at his high school alma mater. Juan is a board member of the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA and the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights, where he grew up.  He was previously a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a City of Los Angeles commissioner.

Ryan Murguía

TRUSTEE (5-10 YEARS)
Ryan Murguía is an Associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where he represents individual and corporate clients in a variety of matters with a focus on white collar criminal defense, federal investigations, and complex commercial litigation. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Yale College. During law school, he held leadership positions as a Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology and as Co-President of the Latino Law Students Association. Mr. Murguía also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Mr. Murguía was a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice, where he prosecuted criminal civil rights cases across the country involving law enforcement misconduct, bias-motivated hate crimes, and human trafficking. He also clerked for the Honorable S. James Otero in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Marissa Montes

TRUSTEE (5-10 YEARS)
Marissa Montes is the Co-Director of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Immigrant Justice Clinic. Marissa was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles, California as a child with her immediate family. Since a young age, the adversities Marissa’s family faced motivated her to become involved in the immigrant rights movement.She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and her juris doctorate from Loyola in 2012. Upon graduating 2012, she was jointly awarded Loyola’s Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship and co-founded this unique community based clinic, which brought direct immigration legal services through clinical legal education to the East Side of Los Angeles. Through this fellowship, Marissa gave her first law lecture at the age of 25, and has since then successfully supervised many clinical law students in their representation of immigrant clients. In addition to her role in the clinic, Marissa has also taught courses in regards to Cross Cultural Competency and Trauma Informed Lawyering, as well as spearheaded Loyola’s Immigration Law and Border practicum, which includes an alternative spring break trip to El Paso, TX, where students represent immigrants in removal proceedings. Marissa has also served as a visiting professor at the ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she taught U.S. asylum law and worked with migrants in transit. Marissa has also testified before the California State Assembly, as well as has had her work highlighted on many media outlets including, the Los Angeles Times and CNN in Español. Additionally, Marissa remains active in the community as a member of various immigrant rights coalitions and is a current HNBA Latina Commissioner and Mexican American Bar Association Trustee. Marissa was also acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a 2017 On the Rise, Top 40 Young Lawyer and was appointed to the California Department of Justice, Calgang Database Technical Advisory Committee, where she will assist drafting the regulations of shared gang databases in California.  

Eric R. Canton

TRUSTEE (0-5 YEARS)
Eric R. Canton is a trial attorney at the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer, Inc., representing individuals throughout California who have been injured by the wrongful and negligent acts of others. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in 2009, where he majored in Law and Society and minored in Music and Spanish. While attending UCSB, Eric was very active in the community. He played in a non-profit community-based Mariachi, worked for a non-profit organization that focused on helping children with learnings disabilities succeed in elementary school, and interned for the Santa Barbara Public Defender’s office. Eric then obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 2016. While in law school, Eric served as Vice President for La Raza de Loyola, volunteered as a mentor and coordinator for Loyola’s Young Lawyers program, and competed in the the 21st Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition. Eric received First Honors recognition in the Civil Litigation Skills Practicum and completed the Civil Litigation and Advocacy Concentration with honors. Eric was then awarded a fellowship with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). When Eric is not working, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, going to Dodgers games, playing soccer, and exploring new places.

Magdalena Casas

TRUSTEE (0-5 YEARS)
Magdalena Casas is a Staff Attorney, with the non-profit Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. In that capacity, Ms. Casas assists self-represented litigants with access to legal services in the areas of family, housing, and civil law. A native of Los Angeles, she graduated from UCLA, where she majored in English Literature, with a minor in Public Policy, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from CSUN. Prior to attending law school, she worked for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation & Parks where she managed recreational programming in the most underserved communities for the residents of the City of Los Angeles. In 2010, the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council honored her for her commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for youth participating in at risk programs and activities. Ms. Casas managed one of only two accredited summer camp programs citywide, and received numerous commendations during her time with the department. Ms. Casas graduated from Whittier Law School, magna cum laude. She was a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, and awarded a CALI Excellence for the Future award in Mediation. While in law school, she externed with the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. After graduating from law school, she continued to work for the office, as a volunteer Deputy City Attorney. Most recently, prior to joining NLSLA, Ms. Casas was an Associate Attorney at a personal injury firm. In her spare time, Ms. Casas volunteers to serve various charitable causes.

Rick Rodriguez

TRUSTEE (Appointed)
Rick Rodriguez is an associate in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Rodriguez’s practice focuses on land use planning, real estate finance and general real estate matters.  Mr. Rodriguez advises developers and property owners regarding the application of general plans, specific plans, local zoning and municipal code provisions in jurisdictions throughout California.  He assists clients in obtaining and negotiating development entitlements and regulatory approvals for a wide range of projects in California. Mr. Rodriguez also represents clients in real estate transactions  including purchase and sale agreements, option agreements, leases, easements and public-private partnerships.  Mr. Rodriguez has worked on a variety of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects throughout Los Angeles and California.

Eve López

TRUSTEE (Appointed)
A founding partner of López Law Group, a boutique family law practice in Los Angeles, Ms. López exclusively practices family law. She is a certified family law specialist, regularly appointed by the court to represent minor children.  In 2014 she became the first and remains the only published minor’s counsel in family law.  In Re Marriage of Metzger (2014) 224 Cal. App. 4th 1441. Guided by the principle: if you get, give and if you learn, teach - Ms. López teaches locally and nationally on issues related to custody disputes involving children with special needs, minor’s counsel and integrating the use of technology in the courtroom. For 3 years, she served on the executive committee of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar where she co-chaired the Minor’s Counsel training, the Mentorship Subcommittee and was a co-chair of the E-Filing/Technology Subcommittee.  Teaching and providing consulting services regarding the use of technology allows her to proudly embrace her inner geek. Since 2017, Ms. López serves as the E-Filing emissary of LACBA and presently serves as a Trustee of LACBA. Ms. López also volunteers her time as a pilot. She assisted in re-establishing the Los Angeles Chapter of the 99s organization, an international organization of women pilots whose first president was Amelia Earhart. Through her volunteerism with the LA99s, Ms. López chairs the Compass Rose committee and promotes the advancement of women in aviation through education and scholarships.

Elizabeth Hernandez

TRUSTEE (Appointed)
Elizabeth A. Hernandez is a senior associate at Michels & Lew in Los Angeles. Ms. Hernandez’s areas of practice include medical malpractice, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and drowning cases. She’s been practicing law in California since 1999. She received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles and obtained her B.A. in History from UCLA. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 22nd (2016) through 25th (2019) Editions of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Her professional memberships include: (1) Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) - Emeritus Board Member and Chair of the Education Committee; (2) Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) - Chair of the Women’s Caucus Committee; (3) Mexican American Bar Association – Trustee Board Member, and (4) The American Association for Justice – member of the birth trauma litigation group.  Ms. Hernandez co-chaired the Inaugural Women Trial Skills Conference: Empowering Each Other, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, October 20-21, 2017. Ms. Hernandez has been a speaker at various seminars.  The most recent seminars include:  (1) Discovery & Evidence Panel – Creating an Effective Discovery Plan, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Convention, August 2018; and (2) Written Discovery & Related Issues, Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney Seminar, CAALA, March 2018 and March 2017.  Ms. Hernandez has also written various articles which have been published in CAALA’s Advocate journal, CAOC’s Forum magazine, and Plaintiff magazine. Her most recent articles include:  (1) Preparing Your Retained Expert Witness for Deposition, CAALA’s Advocate Journal, October 2017; and (2) Motions in Limine – The critical role they play in pretrial and trial strategies, Plaintiff magazine, February 2014. She also volunteers for various community service projects.

Stephanie Salceda

STUDENT TRUSTEE
Stephanie Salceda is MABA’s Student Trustee and acts as a liaison between the MABA Attorney network as well as the Southern California law schools. She was born in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a double major in Political Science and History. During college, she interned for an AmeriCorp project, JusticeCorps. At JusticeCorps, she provided family law information to self-represented litigants who faced legal and language barriers. After college, she worked for a personal injury law firm specialized in elder abuse and nursing home neglect cases, where she gained valuable experience prior to attending law school. Stephanie currently attends Loyola Law School as a second year student. She interns at the Loyola Law School Juvenile Justice Clinic, where she represents minors in delinquency proceedings. Prior to her time with the Juvenile Justice Clinic, Stephanie interned at the Alliance for Children's Rights where she worked on issues surrounding foster youth legislation and provided representation for families in adoption proceedings and benefit disputes. At Loyola, she is the Alumni Chair for La Raza de Loyola Law School. Her commitment to her community and her goal of empowering young Latinos has also led Stephanie to serve as the Alumni Representative for Hermanas Unidas de UCLA, a non profit that is focused on the empowerment and professional development of Latinx students at the UCLA campus and other colleges throughout California. Stephanie hopes to one day be a Public Defender to provide holistic representation and trauma informed advocacy to vulnerable members of our community. She is honored to serve as Student Trustee and looks forward to increasing the amount of Latinx students that attend law school and increase our representation in the legal field.

Claudia Perez

MABA EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
Claudia Perez was born in East Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 with a major in Global International Studies and a double minor in Italian and History. She has been an active member and student leader of the United Nations Foundation Girl Up, a nonprofit organization aimed at aiding one of the most marginalized groups in the world: girls. She expanded this organization by co-founding one of the first UNF college clubs in the nation, UCSB Girl Up Club. There, Claudia and her student members passionately raised awareness of various social justice issues, particularly concerning to girls in Malawi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Guatemala, and India. During this tenure, Claudia lobbied in Congress for the Girls Count Act of 2013, later signed by President Obama in the summer of 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she also attended the University of California, Washington Center where she partook in an internship with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of human rights through advocacy, education, and empowerment. Directly after graduating from UCSB, she studied abroad in Italy attending the University of Bologna. There she represented the University of California organization during the United States presidential elections by giving a city wide speech on the importance of student representation and voting. As the MABA Administrator, she is immensely honored to be a part of this dedicated and inspirational family and hopes to continue working alongside nonprofit organizations in helping alleviate some of the most prevalent world issues.