Professor Emerita Montoya among five to be honored as “Latin@ Trailblazers"

August 28, 2020

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Professor Brenda Pereda, MD of the UNM School of Medicine and Professor Veronica Gonzales-Zamora of the UNM School of Law are co-hosting a Med-Law Virtual Celebration honoring Latin@ Trailblazers via Zoom on Thursday, September 17, from 4-5:30 p.m. MST. The celebration is sponsored by The UNM School of Law and School of Medicine and ReGeneracíon Columbia. The ceremony can be accessed via live stream at the UNM Law YouTube Channel at

Among the honorees is the Honorable Frances Muñoz, J.D., the first Latina Trial Court Judge in the U.S. Muñoz was appointed to her post in 1978 by then California Governor Jerry Brown. Also being honored are Professor Emerita of Law, Margaret Montoya, J.D., who taught at the UNM School of Law currently serves as a special advisor at the UNM School of Medicine; Lisa Cacari-Stone, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Health and Social Policy at the UNM College of Population Health; Michael A. Olivas, Ph.D., J.D., a Professor of Law who retired from the University of Houston Law Center; and David Acosta, M.D., the Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The event also features a poetry performance by New Mexico's inaugural Poet Laureate Levi Romero, a Professor in UNM's Chicana and Chicano Studies program.

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