The Mexican-American Law Student Association would like to thank the following Sponsors
Dean Barbara Bergman | Stout-Jaramillo | Roybal-Mack Law, P.C. Young Lawyers Division | The Wright Law Firm | Narvaez Law Firm
Sutin, Thayer & Browne, A.P.C. | SaucedoChavez, P.C.
State Bar of New Mexico | Sanchez, Mowrer & Desiderio, P.C. Aleli & Brian Colón | U.N.M. School Of Law Faculty
Walther Family Law: Executive Sponsor of the N.L.L.S.A. Board
Silent Auction Donors
Kim Jew Photography | Hotel Albuquerque | Albuquerque Donations Art by Denise Kunz | Marcello's Chophouse | The Spa @ WDC
Henry’s True Value | Rutheron Valley Honey
Crankie Frankies Car Wash | Popejoy Hall | Armando's Salon |
Ghost Ranch | Skin Bliss Spa | Darren Cordova | Simply One Stop
Art by Edward Gonzales | Ryde Shack | Classic Barbershop
Bounce ‘n’ Boogie | Albuquerque Little Theater
Hinkle Family Fun Center | Betty’s Bath and Day Spa
Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Guerilla Graphix
Oak Street Medical Spa | Cashmere Rouge Spa | Flying Star Café
The Grove Café | La Provence Basserie | Artichoke Café
Great Big Canvas | Skarsgard Farms | Medested
Thank you for your continued support!
Fighting for Justice Award
MALSA created the Fighting for Justice Award in 1996. The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote the efforts of individuals and organizations working to advance social justice and access to education in New Mexico. Past recipients include Dean Fred Hart, Justice Dan Sosa, Jr., the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF).
This year’s awards ceremony and banquet will be held the evening of April 6 at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.
In addition to hearing from a distinguished keynote speaker and honoring your accomplishments, the banquet serves as a place for more than 250 guests – the majority being attorneys – to gather and enjoy cocktails, music, and a silent auction.
2013 Fighting for Justice Award Honorees
Senator Jeff Bingaman and Anne Bingaman
Considered a “Washington power couple,” Senator and Mrs. Bingaman have contributed most of their lives to fighting for justice for the people of New Mexico and nationwide.
As one of the first women hired at a New Mexico law firm and the first female law professor at the UNM School of Law, Mrs. Anne Bingaman worked to progress the position of women in New Mexico. She made significant strides so that women in New Mexico would not be held back by their gender. In the 1970s Mrs. Bingaman led a coalition that successfully pushed for the adoption of New Mexico's Equal Rights Amendment and won an effort to open the New Mexico Military Institute to female cadets. She also served as general counsel to Planned Parenthood, lobbying to ease abortion restrictions. While in Washington, D.C., she fought to protect consumers as the first woman to head the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
U.S. Senator Bingaman devoted his life to serving his home state of New Mexico. Upon returning to New Mexico after college and law school, Senator Bingaman served as the state’s attorney general. He then went on to secure his seat in the U.S. Senate, which he held for thirty years. Senator Bingaman was Congress’s biggest supporter of Hispanic issues. He sponsored legislation to support and improve education and healthcare for Hispanics including securing funding for education programs important to Hispanic communities, language acquisition programs and millions of dollars for Hispanic Serving Institutions. He introduced legislation designed to expand and enhance post baccalaureate opportunities at Hispanic-‐Serving institutions and persuaded the U.S. Department of Education to create the Hispanic Dropout Project. Senator Bingaman wrote the law creating a special office within the U.S. Department of Education to focus attention on Hispanic education issues.
Senator Bingaman also secured funding for Hispanic health related causes, such as $1,000,000 from the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Latino Communities National for Council of La Raza (NCLR) Institute of Hispanic Health (lHH). Senator Bingaman also sponsored the creation of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and co-‐sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay.
Together Senator and Mrs. Bingaman’s work and their tireless commitment to New Mexico has improved the lives of New Mexicans.
John P. Salazar
John P. Salazar is an attorney in Albuquerque with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb. Mr. Salazar’s professional experience and current practice are in real estate, land use and development law, as well as municipal and administrative law. He has a substantial amount of litigation experience, particularly in eminent domain, in which his litigation practice is currently focused.
His real estate experience includes transactional work (sale, purchase, and lease of vacant and developed properties) as well as real estate development work, including comprehensive plan, area plan and sector plan amendments, annexation, zoning, site plan approval, utility extension, storm drainage and access considerations, and traffic, air quality, and environmental studies.
He is the practice group leader of the firm’s Land Use and Real Estate Development Practice Group. He chaired the firm’s Business Department from 2000 to 2008 and served as the first Chairman of its Environment and Natural Resources Department.
In 2009, Mr. Salazar was selected to receive the 2009 State Bar of New Mexico Justice Pamela B. Minzner Professionalism Award in recognition of ethical and personal conduct, which exemplifies the epitome of professionalism. He was honored with the 2006 University of New Mexico Alumni Association Erna S. Fergusson Award in recognition of exceptional accomplishments, commitment, and/or distinguished service to the University of New Mexico.
Mr. Salazar has always been actively involved in the community. In 2006 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation and since 2009 has served as Chairman. The Inter-American Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency, was created by Congress in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. He served as Chairman of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and is a past-president of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association.
He received his J.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
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