Mexican American Law Student Association
National Hispanic Bar Names UNM MALSA Top Student Group of the Year

The Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA) chapter at the UNM School of Law has been named Law Student Organization of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association. The award was presented to MALSA President Danny Milo ('11) during the association's annual convention held recently in Albuquerque.

The Hispanic Bar cited MALSA for its commitment to promoting and fostering the advancement of Latinos in higher education and for a variety of outreach programs, including its annual Minority Mixer, high school and middle school mentoring program, an LSAT prep course and its Community Legal Analysis Skills Seminar, which is offered to incoming students prior to their first day of school. The UNM MALSA chapter also received the award in 2001.

"MALSA is honored and humbled to have received the NHBA Law School Organization of the year award. It is through the efforts and struggles of many Malseros and Malseras before us that our organization has been able to accomplish so much and have a voice in the legal community of New Mexico," says Milo. "We are forever grateful for their work in establishing a strong foundation for the Mexican American Law Student Association. Yet, because our community’s needs continue to require our attention, our mission lives on through the students who come after us; therefore we all have a duty to reach back and pull them up with us."

Upcoming MALSA events include:

  • Sept. 19: MALSA Annual Golf Tournament
  • Sept. 21: An annual reception welcoming first-year law students to the UNM School of Law. New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Petra Maes ('73) will be the keynote speaker.
  • Sept. 26: Co-sponsoring a tailgate party before the UNM football game with the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Native American Students Association and the Graduate Professional Student Association.

Contact Milo for more information on these events.

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