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Mission Statement

The Chapter strives to develop programming that supports the mission of Loyola Law School. It focuses on playing an active role in three specific areas: Admissions Recruitment (help recruit Latina/o applicants), Student Retention (provide a system of support and guidance for students) and Alumni Engagement (reconnecnt and reengage alumni with each other, students and their alma mater). 

The Latino Alumni Chapter is an affinity group of Loyola Law School that is committed to service, collaboration and inclusiveness. The Chapter’s leadership includes dedicated alumni who partner with the Law School leadership to foster a lifelong connection.  

The Chapter supports and actively encourages contributions to the Latino Alumni Scholarship. Proceeds from Chapter-related fundraising activities benefit the Latino Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to recruit and/or retain Latina/o students.

History

The Loyola Hispanic Alumni Scholarship known today as the Latino Alumni Scholarship was established in 1985 by a group of Loyola Law School alumni committed to increasing the number of Latino/a graduates in the legal profession.  These alumni formalized their group by establishing the Loyola Hispanic Alumni Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation was led by a Board of Directors that included: Hon. John L. Martinez `68(chair), Oscar Acosta `80 (vice chair), Ana I. Segura `77, David McKenna `78, Julia Sylva `83, Maria Elena Reyes `84, Michael Guerrero  `77 and Daniel Aguilera `82.                                

The goal of the Foundation was to reduce the financial burden for students by creating a scholarship specifically for Latina/o students.   The Foundation raised approximately $80,000, and the Law School agreed to match these funds.  The Foundation transferred the administration of the Scholarship to the Law School a few years later.

Today the Latino Alumni Scholarship is a fully endowed scholarship. It has and continues to provide financial support to generations of Latina/o students. The current market value of the Latino Alumni Scholarship is nearly $280,000.  

We remain grateful for the vision and the commitment of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Please support the Latino Alumni Scholarship and make your gift in honor of the Foundation’s leadership, vision and commitment to generations of Loyola students. 

We also extend our thanks to the alumni who support the Latino Alumni Scholarship.  Together we can make a difference.
 

Chapter Events & Photos

April 2015              Bar & Exam Student Prep Session
August 2015          Launch of the Latino Alumni Chapter
September 2015    Downey Mixer
December 2015     Chapter Holiday Mixer
December 2016     2nd Annual Chapter Holiday Mixer

Chapter Leadership & Founding Members 

Co-Chairs

Ricardo Perez `10
Law Office of Ricardo Perez

Agustin Orozco `10
US Attorney's Office

Members

Oscar Acosta `80  
Law Offices of Oscar A. Acosta                                            

Rigoberto J. Arrechiga `98    
Office of the Public Defender                                      

Alan Diamante `95
Law Offices of Alan R. Diamante
                                           
Matias Flores `10  
The Law Office of Nigel Burns                                                                  

Adriana Galindo `11      
Lathrop & Gage, LLP                             

Hon. George Genesta `75

Cindy M. Lopez `85
California Attorney General's Offices

Sandra Muñoz `97
Law Offices of Sandra C. Muñoz, APLC

Karla Navarrete `12 
National Immigration Law Center

Cindy Panuco `09
Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP

Matthew Riojas `96
Loyola Law School

Martha Romero `86
Romero Law Firm

Maritza Ruiz `10
Fox Cable Networks

Monica Villafana `97
Great Minds in STEM

Honorary Members

Gloria Curiel-Parker `85
Law Offices of Curiel & Parker

Victor D. Nieblas `95
Law Office of Victor D. Nieblas Pradis 

Ways to Get Involved

  1. Mentor a 1L stduent
  2. Call admitted students
  3. Participate in the bar prep study information session
  4. Participate in the midterms and exams study information session
  5. Review resumes and cover letters
  6. Make a gift to the Latino Alumni Scholarship - Give now!
  7. Make a gift to the La Raza Graduation Fund - Give now!
  8. Make a gift to La Raza Student Organization  - Give now!
  9. Join us on Facebook @Latino Alumni Chapter Loyola

If you would like to get involved with the Latino Alumni Chapter, contact Adrianna Schuster in Alumni Affairs Office at (213) 736-1029 or adrianna.schuster@lls.edu.