November 26, 2012 -- Leo Trujillo-Cox, Tony Tolbert and the UCLA Law Fellows Program will be honored with the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award by the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). The award is given annually to individuals for their outstanding community service. Past recipients of the award include Luz E. Herrera, president and co-founder of Community Lawyers, Inc. and Eddie “El Piolin” Sotello, radio personality and immigrant rights advocate.
The Law Fellows Program’s Founding Executive Director, Leo Trujillo-Cox, and its long-time Associate Director, Tony Tolbert, will receive the award at the organization’s 53rd Annual Gala & Installation Dinner, which will be held on February 16, 2013 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The Law Fellows Program, which engages high-potential undergraduates and recent graduates from diverse backgrounds in academic and career programming designed to increase their competitiveness for admission to law school, demystify legal education and facilitate their entry into the profession is now in its 15th year and is nationally recognized as the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education.
The event will also feature the installation of MABA President-Elect Elizabeth P. Uribe, a 1999-2000 Law Fellow. “There are a number of past participants on our Board and in our general membership. There is no doubt that the UCLA Law Fellows Program was instrumental in our success of attaining our educational goals,” Uribe said.
MABA, the largest Latina/Latino bar association in the nation, is committed to the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession and the empowerment of the Latino community through service and advocacy.