18th Annual Fighting for Justice Banquet

Jeff and Anne BingamanU.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and Anne Bingaman will be honored at the 18th Annual Fighting for Justice Banquet on April 6th at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. UNM’s Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA) created the Fighting for Justice Award in 1996 to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who work to advance social justice and access to education in New Mexico. Senator and Mrs. Bingaman, throughout their careers, have been dedicated to enriching the lives of the people of New Mexico. Mrs. Bingaman has torn down gender boundaries by becoming the first female law professor at the UNM School of Law; and the first woman to head the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was instrumental in our state adopting New Mexico’s Equal Rights Amendment and advocated and won the right for women to attend the New Mexico Military Institute. Senator Bingaman has been a driving force in improving healthcare and education for Hispanics. Through his support, funding was secured to improve Hispanic dropout rates and provide post baccalaureate opportunities at Hispanic-serving institutions. Senator Bingaman also secured funding for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Latino Communities National for Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Institute of Hispanic Health (IHH).

John SalazarThe evening’s keynote speaker will be John P. Salazar an attorney with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb. Mr. Salazar received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico and is a past-president of the UNM Alumni Association.  His professional accomplishments and work in the community exemplifies his personal conduct and exceptional commitment to New Mexico.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.unmmalsa.org/

March 21, 2013