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La Raza Lawyers Association Awards Bar Scholarships to Six California Western Students

(Left to right) Patricia G. Mejia, Michelle Luna Reynoso, Olivia Garcia, Guadalupe Alvarado Luna, Marisol Jimenez Gaytan, Cristal Ruiz

Six California Western students were presented with bar scholarships by the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association (SDLRLA) at the organization’s Scholarship Fund Gala Dinner.

Patricia G. Mejia, Michelle Luna Reynoso, Olivia Garcia, Guadalupe Alvarado Luna, Marisol Jimenez Gaytan, and Cristal Ruiz (from left in photo) were all honored by the organization.

“These scholarship recipients possess characteristics that we believe will not only make them dynamic attorneys but also superb advocates of issues important to the Latino community,” said attorney Nadia Bermudez, past president of La Raza Lawyers. “Every year, the decision becomes more and more difficult as the quality of law student applications increases.”

“The award means more than just the immediate financial support I have received,” said Ruiz. “For me, this support means others believe in me and it gives me more reason to keep going. Thank you to the SDLRLA for their continual support and for all the work they do in our community!”

“It is an honor receiving the SDLRLA scholarship,” said Mejia. “Every star needs a leading light from other stars and the La Raza attorneys and community provide that light of guidance for all aspiring attorneys like myself.”

“I am thankful not only for the financial support,” said Garcia, “but truly grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization that gives hope and inspiration to a new generation of lawyers.”

“It was great to be in a room with like-minded individuals who have accomplished amazing things while contributing back to the Latino and Latina community,” said Luna Reynoso.

The event was held at the Hard Rock Hotel on September 27 and featured actor Edward James Olmos as the keynote speaker.