Fighting for Justice Award Goes to NM Poverty Law Center

Professor Eileen Gauna, Gail Evans, Kim Posich.
Professor Eileen Gauna (`85) presents the award to Gail Evans (`91) and Kim Posich.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty was presented with the 2011 Fighting for Justice Award in early May. Professor Eileen Gauna (`85) presented the award to the center's Executive Director Kim Posich and Legal Director Gail Evans (`91).

Dolores Huerta, the legendary advocate for farm workers' rights, delivered the keynote address. She was introduced by Ana Huerta (`13), her granddaughter. In 1962, Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with César Chávez, and has continued to devote her life to improving workers' rights.

Maria Griego (`11) and D'Ontae Sylvertooth served as masters of ceremony at the 16th annual banquet, which is sponsored by the Mexican American Law Student Association. Outgoing MALSA President Jessica Terrazas (`11) received the 3L of the year award for her service to the organization and to the law school community.

MALSA Board with Dolores Huerta.
Dolores Huerta, in red, is surrounded by the outgoing MALSA Board of Directors, l-r: Sara Navarrette (`12), Billy Jimenez (`12), Frank Davis (`12), Stephen Ochoa (`12), Ernest Herrera (`12), Jessica Terrazas (`11) and Alexander Flores (`13).

The outgoing executive board was recognized and the new MALSA Board of Directors was introduced. They are:
Alex Flores (`13), president
Quiana Salazar-King (`13), vice president
Greg Ortiz (`13), treasurer
Darren Cordova (`13), secretary
Susan Barela (`13), New Mexico Hispanic Bar representative
Horatio Moreno-Campos (`13), mentorship chair

Every year, MALSA presents the award at a festive banquet to an individual or organization whose efforts have greatly increased access of legal services to those who have traditionally had little or no access to legal services.

Dolores Huerta, Ana Huerta
Dolores Huerta, right, with her granddaughter Ana Huerta (`13).

New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna with Professor Jose L. Martinez
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna with Professor Jose L. Martinez, the 2010 recipient of the Fighting for Justice Award.

Mary Torres, John Chavez, Eloise Serna, New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna, Dolores Huerta, Ana Huerta and Emilio Huerta
Enjoying the evening are, l-r: Mary Torres (`92), John Chavez, Eloise Serna, New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Patricio Serna, Dolores Huerta, Ana Huerta (`13) and Emilio Huerta.

April 19, 2011