The HBA Congratulates Its Wally Davis Scholarship Recipients!

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The HBA is honored to announce the names of the 2014 Wally Davis Scholarship recipients:

Yesenia Lagunas, UC Hastings College of the Law, Hugo López, University of Missouri School of Law, Marco Pulido Márquez, UC Irvine School of Law, and Catherine Navarro, Whittier Law School

Yesenia Lagunas, born in Mexico, immigrated to the United States when she was five years old. Though she excelled academically and received high accolades at every stage of her education, Yesi was continuously hindered because she was ineligible to receive financial aid. Undeterred, she began working part-time during her junior year to save money for college. Her tenacity paid off when she graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles. Yesi is a first year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is motivated by her immigrant background to fight the lack of legal recourse opportunities encountered by immigrants. Yesi is part of the Advocacy Committee for Hastings Students for Immigrants' Rights (HSIR), and this Spring she will participate in the Immigration Court Observation Project (ICOP). Participants of this project observe the Master Calendar removal proceedings at San Francisco immigration Court and document the procedure. The information gathered aims to bring transparency and accountability to Immigration Courts. Upon graduation she plans to return to Orange County to continue her work with the immigrant community.

Hugo López, growing up in Santa Ana, CA, I was surrounded by people, including relatives, who at one point or another needed legal advice or representation, but had no one to turn to, no one to protect their legal rights and serve their legal needs. Living through this on a daily basis instilled in me a desire to want to help those in need. While an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley I teamed up with the Oakland Salvation Army and began an annual holiday toy drive called Acacia Clause. In the three years that I worked with the Oakland Salvation Army, we were able to raise over 10,000 toys for less fortunate families from the Oakland area. Now, I serve the city of Columbia, Missouri by volunteering at the Centro Latino Legal Access Program. There I work with attorneys providing pro bono services to thousands of Latino immigrants. I am currently a second year law student at the University of Missouri School of Law with plans on receiving my juris doctor and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution in May of 2015. Upon graduation, my plans are to move back to California, begin my legal career, and eventually become a law professor.

Marco A. Pulido Marquez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and grew up in La Habra, California. Mr. Pulido graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fullerton, where he majored in Public Administration. Mr. Pulido is a second-year student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he has been actively involved in various pro bono projects and serves as a lead article editor on the UC Irvine Law Review.

Catherine Joann Navarro was raised by her single mother in the low-income communities of Placentia and Anaheim. She is the oldest of six children and the first generation to attend college and law school. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in Chicana/o Studies and Global & International Studies in 2011. She is currently attending Whittier Law School. In addition, she is a performing folklorico artist and dancer with Danza Folklorica Puro Corazon. She is a strong Chicana and Mexican at heart. She is strongly passionate about helping the community and encouraging students to pursue a higher education. Overall as an attorney, she hopes to one day inspire several womyn to defy the statistics of their culture and community.


CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS!!

A special thank you to the HBA's Scholarship Committee. The Committee worked tirelessly to spread the word about the Wally Davis Scholarship and was tasked with the difficult job of reviewing the applications. Thank you for all your hard work.

1995
Nadia Davis, Loyola Marymount School of Law
1996
Jocabeth Castillo, University of San Francisco, School of Law
Carla Vanessa Gomez, University of San Francisco, School of Law
Julie Rivera-Coo, Western State Law School
1997
Maria Mendoza, McGeorge School of Law
Mario Rivas, Western State Law School
Nancy Rojas, Whittier Law School
1998
Delia M. Metoyer, Whittier Law School
José A. Hernandez, Whittier Law School
Christina M. Valadez, Univeristy of California,
Hastings College of the Law
1999
Israel Hernandez Claustro, Western State Law School
Ed Garcia, Whittier Law School
Yolanda Silvia Pedrego, Western State Law School
2000
Isabel Birrueta, University of Southern California Law School
Robert Castro, UCLA School of Law
Cecilia Oseguera, Whittier Law School
2001
Norma Garcia, University of Southern California Law School
Nereyda Higuera, Whittier Law School
Edwin Najera, Western State Law School
Cecilia Oseguera, Whittier Law School
2002
Juanita Marison Barrientes
Jacqueline Guzman, University of California,
Hastings College of the Law
2003
Michelle Dalton, Chapman University School of Law
Linda Luna, Chapman University School of Law
Debbie Torrez, University of California at Davis Law School
2004
Amina Diaz, Whittier Law School
Mario Zapata, Chapman University School of Law
2005
Araceli Gonzalez, Brigham Young University Law School
Alfonso del Valle, Whittier Law School
Mayte Santacruz, University of California, Berkeley
School of Law (Boalt Hall)
2006
Keila Carrasco, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Erica Diaz, Chapman University School of Law
Marcella Dominguez, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Araceli Gonzalez, Brigham Young University Law School
Mayte Santacruz, University of California, Berkeley
School of Law (Boalt Hall)
2007
Araceli Gonzalez - Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Joseph Macias - Columbia Law School
Carolina Rodriguez - Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Mayte Santacruz Benavides - Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
2008
Diana Lopez - Chapman Law School
Rosa Zamora - Columbia Law School
Carolina Rodriguez Garcia - Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Aidín Castillo - University of California, Davis School of Law
Alexandra Hanson - Chapman Law Scholar
2009
Aidín Castillo - University of California, Davis School of Law
Diana Lopez - Chapman Law School
Alexandra Hanson - Chapman Law School
Rosa Zamora - Columbia Law School
2010
Daisy Sanchez, Stanford University Law School
Brenda Montes, UCLA School of Law
Joel Crespo, Boston University School of Law
Elisa Briseno, Chapman School of Law
Flor de Maria Tataje, UCI School of Law
2011
Francisco Balderrama of UCI School of Law
Rosa Noyola of UCLA School of Law
Leticia Ramirez of UCLA School of Law
2012
Stephanie Delgado, Cornell Law School
Danila Toscano, University of California, Irvine School of Law
2013
Hugo Salazar, Chapman University School of Law
Samantha Morales, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

If you wish to donate to the HBA Wally Davis Scholarship Fund,
please send a check payable to
:

OCCF/HBA
And remit payment to the HBA at
P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658.

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