The words "Sonia Sotomayor" and "wise Latina" drew frequent cheers as La Raza Lawyers of Santa Clara County brought together seven trailblazing Latina lawyers for its annual dinner Friday. A mention of "Gov. Schwarzengger," who recently came under fire from La Raza Lawyers California, drew a small smattering of boos.
On the honor roll were Judge Katherine Lucero, the first Latina appointed to Santa Clara County Superior Court and Teresa Guerrero Daley, the first elected to it. Also recognized were the county's first Latina deputy DA (Elvira Robinson), deputy public defender (Emilie Ortega), deputy county counsel (Margarita Prado Alvarez), bar association trustee (Yolanda Trevino) and trial lawyers association president (Jessie Serna).
"This has to be the biggest gathering of wise Latinas that this county has ever seen," said Senior Deputy City Attorney Robert Fabela, chairman of La Raza Lawyers Santa Clara.
Board member Christopher Arriola told the gathering that one in six Californians is a Latina, but they represent only 32 of 1,800 California judges. "It's been an incredible year for role models," he said. "And we're lucky to have them. But we need a lot more."
Former L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and former Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado delivered keynotes. Receiving scholarships were Alvaro Moises Huerta of Stanford Law School, Monica Guzman of Santa Clara University, Aidin Castillo of UC-Davis and Debra Urteaga of Hastings.
— Scott Graham