February 21, 2014 -- Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97, executive director of academic outreach and development and associate director of admissions for UCLA School of Law, and Norma Nava ’05, an associate in the Los Angeles office of Lim, Ruger & Kim LLP, have been chosen to receive the 2014 La Raza Alumni of the Year Award. They will be presented with the award, which recognizes the accomplishments of distinguished Latino/as in the legal profession, at the Annual Raza Alumni Dinner on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The dinner brings La Raza alumni together with students, who have the opportunity to learn about graduates’ experiences in various areas of the law.
Mr. Trujillo-Cox’s commitment to ensuring academic equity, educational access and excellence in legal education led him to found the Academic Outreach Resource Center at UCLA Law, which is best known for its groundbreaking Law Fellows Program. Now entering its 17th year, the Law Fellows Program is nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive and innovative pipeline-building initiatives in legal education. Close to 1,300 students have participated; and to date, nearly 550 fellows have either completed law school or are currently enrolled at law schools across the country. Mr. Trujillo-Cox has served the Law School Admission Council as a member of the Minority Affairs Subcommittee on New Initiatives, the Pipeline Models Conference Planning Committee, the Diversity Committee and as chair of the Latino Issues Subcommittee. He has also served as a founding board member of a Los Angeles public charter school, which educates K–8 students through an arts and music based curriculum, emphasizing academic excellence, diversity and ecological and social responsibility.
Ms. Nava, who was a member of the Law Fellows Program in 2001 and served as managing editor of UCLA Law’s Chicano/a-Latino/a Law Review, has a broad-based litigation practice with a focus on commercial real estate litigation, unfair business practices and contract litigation. She was the recipient of the 2005 Hewlett Foundation/American Bar Association Environmental Justice Fellowship that funded her work on environmental litigation projects throughout the Los Angeles area. Prior to joining Lim Ruger, Ms. Nava was a legal fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union where she worked on civil rights appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts.
This is the third year in a row that a Law Fellow has been named one of La Raza’s Alumni of the Year. Devon Rios ’09 and Gladis Molina ’06 were recognized in 2013 and 2012, respectively.